ROBBINSVILLE – Rowan University will serve as the host venue for all four South Jersey Region state final football games during the weekend of December 2 – 3. Other championship games will continue to be played at Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, Kean University and MetLife Stadium.
This announcement, made by the NJSIAA (New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association), follows determination that the schedule for on-campus construction at Rowan was being altered. Originally, it was thought that the locker rooms at the university would not be available during the championship weekend.
“Based on its location in the southern part of the state, Rowan is the ideal location for these athletic contests,” says Steven J. Timko, executive director of the NJSIAA. “It was always our first choice for the South Jersey Region contests. The overriding factor impacting the decision to relocate games from the other partner schools was our commitment to our student athletes, member schools, and fans, and we’re delighted everything worked out this way. Even our toughest critics realize the value of playing championship games at neutral sites.”
Timko also noted that the NJSIAA has already communicated with its partners at Rutgers University, The College of New Jersey, and Kean University, and all readily agreed that the shift of venues was in the best interests of New Jersey high school football players and fans.
“This was no easy task,” Timko says. “Credit for our being able to adjust the schedule of state final games goes to the NJSIAA football committee, Rowan’s revised construction schedule, and the absolutely exceptional support of our partners at Rutgers, The College of New Jersey and Kean University. They were extremely gracious about our making the change – and I’d like to think that, at least in part, this testifies to the amount of goodwill the NJSIAA has built over the course of time. We oversee the nation’s top rated and largest program of varsity, state championship competition, and I believe our partners are proud of the leading roles they play.”
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