The University of Alabama and Auburn University took a blow to the city revenue and their recruiting aspect. Both schools were in the rotation to host the AHSAA Super Seven, which is the high school football state championship in the state of Alabama. It was a helpful recruiting tactic for the school that was hosting, as high schools were able to use the collegiate facilities and locker rooms.

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It also provided revenue for the host city, as schools and families would travel, stay in hotels, and eat out when visiting the college towns.

That is the case no more, as AL.com reported that Bryant-Denny Stadium and Jordan-Hare Stadium will no longer be in the rotation to host the AHSAA Super Seven due to the expanded College Football Playoff, and team potentially hosting playoff games at home stadiums.

Both stadiums have hosted the Super Seven on a rotational basis since 2009, with Auburn hosting in 2022 and Alabama hosting in 2023.

“We are grateful to the cities of Tuscaloosa, Auburn and Opelika, Auburn University, and the University of Alabama for joining together to host our Super 7 since the rotation began in 2009,” AHSAA Executive Director Alvin Briggs said. “The experiences and memories provided for our member schools, the teams, their students, and communities has been immeasurable. We understand, however, the conflicts that will be unavoidable in the future based on the expanded CFA playoff structure and format.”

Protective Stadium in Birmingham, home of the UAB Blazers, will host in 2024 according to Briggs. He also said other cities would be considered to host, with Hancock-Whitney Stadium in Mobile, home of the South Alabama Jaguars, showing interest in the Super Seven rotation.

“The City of Tuscaloosa has proudly hosted many Alabama High School Athletic Association Super 7 State Football Championships since 2009, providing countless athletes, coaches, family members, and fans with an unforgettable football experience,” Tuscaloosa mayor Walt Maddox said. “Although Tuscaloosa and Auburn will no longer be able to host due to the expansion of the College Football Playoffs, we are grateful for our partnership with AHSAA and look forward to seeing the event thrive across other cities in Alabama.”

Wyatt Fulton is the TIde 100.9 DME and Brand Manager, primarily covering Alabama Crimson Tide football and men's basketball. For more Crimson Tide coverage, follow Wyatt on X (Formerly known as Twitter) at @FultonW_.

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