TSSAA votes to keep current championship sites
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WRCB/AP) - The Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association Board of Control voted Monday to keep the BlueCross Bowl state football championships in Cookeville through 2016.
The prep sports' governing body approved a four-year extension to its deal with the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce to play its eight state title games at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium.
The BlueCross Bowl football championships first moved to Cookeville from Murfreesboro in 2009, but its deal to host the games was set to expire after this season.
The TSSAA board also voted continue holding its state basketball tournaments and the Spring Fling championships in Rutherford County for five more years. Spring Fling is held at locations across the county and the state basketball playoffs are at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
The girls state soccer tournament is held in Chattanooga, but that contract expires after this fall's championships. The board voted to allow the state office to begin talks with Rutherford County about possibly holding the tournament in Murfreesboro in the future.
The boys state soccer championships are already played in Murfreesboro as part of Spring Fling.
The Daily News Journal reports that Spring Fling brings in an estimated $3.5 million in tourism spending for the county while the basketball tournament leads to $3 million in tourism.
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