PIAA moves state championships to a random high-school stadium in the middle of nowhere
For over 20 years, the high school football season in Pennsylvania has always ended in Hershey. Since 1998, Hershey Park Stadium has hosted the PIAA state championship for football and various other sporting events.
Instead of playing at a quite large, neutral location, the PIAA has decided it’s in their best interests to move all of these games to Cumberland Valley High School. Cumberland won the nomination over places like Hershey and Beaver Stadium, home of the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Now your next thought might be, “oh, it’s just a large high school with a large capacity.” That isn’t the case whatsoever. Google images have shown this place to be just a typical high school football stadium.
High school players fight hard all season to get the chance to play in front of large crowds and massive stadiums. Texas schools get to play in AT&T Stadium alongside numerous other states, but PA gets a random school in bumblefuck.
Some have pointed out that Beaver Stadium isn’t a viable option because it is a grass field, and it could be beaten up, and PSU would be forced to play in bad conditions. That makes sense, but there was no better option out there than Cumberland? This selection screams penny-pinching by the PIAA, who can’t even let the people who employ them enjoy a special game.
The deal with Cumberland ends in 2025, so hopefully, the PIAA will be able to figure their shit out by then.
Mandatory Credit: Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review