State Finals Media Information: The following information was prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA football state championship games. Please contact Tim Stried ([email protected] or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office should you have additional questions. Previews, team information, probable starters, statistics and additional information will be available the week of the state championships.
Coaches and Media Teleconference: There will not be a media teleconference with the head coaches this year.
Location and Dates: The Division I state championship game will be Friday, November 13. The state championship games in Divisions II through VII will be November 20-22 (Friday through Sunday). All games will be played at Fortress Obetz (4175 Alum Creek Drive).
State Finals Schedule: The OHSAA will announce the specific day and time slot for each state championship game. That information is not determined until the week of the state semifinals or the Sunday before the state championship games.
Media Credentials for the State Championships: Media shall use the official OHSAA football credential application form and send it to Tim Stried (fax to 614-267-1677 or scan and email to [email protected]). The deadline is noon of state championships week. Credentials will be held for pickup at the media entrance, which is Gate E on the south side of the stadium. Media must show photo identification to pick up their credentials. No credentials will be issued to parents of competitors or persons under 18 years of age. One school photographer per team is permitted as approved by the school’s athletic director.
Confirmation Email and Approved List: Upon processing a credential application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email to the media outlet. In addition, a list of those media members who have been approved for credentials will be posted on the credential information page at OHSAA.org.
Parking: The confirmation email sent to media outlets approved for credentials (see previous note) will contain specific parking information.
Photographers Work Space and Hospitality: The work space and hospitality area for photographers is beside the media entrance at Gate E.
Broadcast and Print Media Space: The main press box is not available for media. There will be seating space on the sideline opposite the grandstand. Seating charts will be created for each game. Media are asked to leave the facility after the game rather than stay and work.
Wireless Access and Telephone Lines Available: Wireless internet access is available free of charge. The pass code will be posted around the media work room for photographers or will be available from press box personnel. Broadcast media needing a connection should check the appropriate line on the application form and confirm the request with Tim Stried. A $60 charge will apply.
Postgame Interviews: Media are not permitted on the field after the game. Locker rooms are not open to media at OHSAA tournament contests. There is not an official press conference after the games this year. Media are asked to go to the north end of the stadium near the locker rooms and the head coaches and selected players will be brought to the area.
Statistics and Recaps: Game statistics will be available online and paper copies will be distributed to media.
Photographs Available: Media outlets needing photographs from a state tournament are encouraged to contact the OHSAA.
Coaches, parents of competitors and persons under 18 years of age are not permitted to receive media credentials. Media outlets found to be in violation could be subject to reduced access at future OHSAA state tournaments.
Audio Broadcasting Permitted: Live or tape-delayed radio and audio webcasting is permitted for the football state championships games per rates found on the 2020-21 OHSAA Broadcast Fees chart (posted on the ‘News & Media’ page at OHSAA.org). At the state finals, radio stations needing a connection should indicate that on the credential application form, and the OHSAA will follow up with further details. Video telecasts and webcasts are not available, as Spectrum News 1 has exclusivity of play-by-play video of the football finals.