With a new classification system taking effect for the 2018-19 high school year of sports, there will be a revised set of championship sites conducted for volleyball and football by the Kansas State High School Activities Association.
The association announced its championship sites on Friday, with the biggest changes coming in volleyball.
Class 4A-II and Class 1A-II divisions have been eliminated.
Class 6A and 5A volleyball state tournaments are moved to Salina’s Tony’s Pizza Events Center (formerly Bicentennial Center), while Class 4A and 3A will be played at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Class 2A moves to Gross Memorial Coliseum in Hays, while Class 1A will be held at White Auditorium in Emporia.
Dates for the state tournaments have been set for Oct. 26 and 27 at all sites. Eight teams will earn berths to the state events through sub-state qualifying the week before.
Previously, Class 6A and 5A had been conducted at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka while the Class 4A-I and II divisions were in Salina; Class 3A and 2A had been in Emporia and Class 1A-I and II had been in Hays.
While the number of football state championship sites remains the same, venues have undergone some changes with the elimination of Class 4A-II.
Emporia State University will host 6A; Pittsburg State University will be the Class 5A site; Hummer Sports Park in Topeka will host Class 4A while Hutchinson will host Class 3A. Class 2A will be played at Salina Stadium and Class 1A will be contested at Fort Hays State University.
The two divisions of Eight-Man I and II will be played at Fischer Field in Newton. All state championship games will be played on Nov. 24.
KSHSAA officials also announced that the 2018 Game Day Spirit Showcase competition will return to the Kansas Expocentre-Landon Arena in Topeka on Nov. 17. The inaugural 2017 event hosted more than 1,400 students, crowning six champions. Registration for that event begins on Sept. 26 and closes on Oct. 2.