In a topic that comes up seemingly each year, the South Carolina High School League’s administrative body has been asked to explore other options to hold its football state championship games currently held at USC’s Williams-Brice Stadium as a means of finding options more financially feasible for league schools.
The request came from the new Class 5A football committee at administrative meetings in Charleston this week. A committee member tells 7 Sports that it’s cost the league approximately $60,000 to put on the three games that have been played at Williams-Brice. The costs cover security and other game operations costs. Individual league schools receive their return of state championship revenue after such costs are paid.
Any such approval for a change of venue would have to come from the SCHSL Executive Committee, which holds meetings on such matters in late April.
The league has held its championship games for its three largest classes at Williams-Brice in most years during the past four decades.
The smallest two classes have held their title games at Columbia’s Benedict College in recent seasons.
The SCHSL is going to a five classification structure (from four classes) beginning this fall. There will be one unified state champion in each class, a change from the seven that had been awarded as three of the four classifications had split titles.