State Finals Media Information: The following information was prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA girls and boys soccer state championship games. Please contact Tim Stried ([email protected] or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office if you have additional questions. Additional information will be posted on the OHSAA web site the week of the state tournament.
Dates and Location: Friday, Nov. 13 (all three girls championship games) and Saturday, Nov. 14 (all three boys championship games) at MAPFRE Stadium. The address is One Black & Gold Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43211. The stadium is located at the northeast corner of the Ohio State Fairgrounds and is visible from Interstate 71 just north of downtown Columbus. From I-71, take the Hudson Street exit. If coming from the north, proceed straight onto Silver Drive, which winds around directly to the stadium. If coming from the south, turn left onto Hudson Street, cross over I-71 and turn left onto Silver Drive, which winds around directly to the stadium.
In 2020, the Division III games will start at 1 p.m., the Division II games will start at 4 p.m. and the Division I games will start at 7 p.m.
Media Credentials for the State Finals: Media shall use the OHSAA’s official soccer credential application form and fax it to Tim Stried at 614-267-1677 (or scan and email it to [email protected]). The deadline is 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. Credentials will be held for pickup at Gate 2 on the southeast side of Crew Stadium. All media must show photo identification to pick up credentials. No credentials will be issued to children, parents of state qualifiers or freelance photographers who are not working the soccer championships for a media outlet.
Confirmation Email and Approved List: Upon processing a credential application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email to the media outlet (person submitting the application). 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 (LOT B on EAST SIDE): Media who have been approved for credentials will be able to park free of charge in Lot B on the east side of the stadium by showing their company identification to the parking attendants, who will check the approved credential list for confirmation.
Broadcasting Availability and Rates: Delayed video play-by-play coverage of the soccer state championship games is permitted, along with live or tape-delayed radio and audio webcasting per rates found on the 2020-21 OHSAA Broadcast Fees chart.
Media Work Spaces: Work space for media members is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the press box, which is located in the northeast corner of MAPFRE Stadium. Wireless access is available, as well. Broadcast media can take a position on the west side of the stadium in the broadcast booth.
Postgame Interviews: Coaches and student-athletes are available on the field for interviews after BOTH awards ceremonies have concluded. There are no official press conferences.
Programs, Lineups, Box Scores & Recaps: Programs, pregame starting lineups and postgame box scores will be distributed in the press box. Box scores and recaps will be posted on the OHSAA web site as soon as possible following each game.
Coaches, freelance photographers who are not working the event for a media outlet, parents of competitors and children 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.
Your Host: OHSAA Director of Sport Management Kathleen Coughlin will be on the field for all six state championship games.