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Thursday, March 7, 2013

CIAC finals moving to Central Conn. State

Via press release

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
(CIAC) Football Committee voted on Wednesday to hold the CIAC Football
Championship games at Arute Field on the campus of Central Connecticut
State University (CCSU) beginning with the 2013 season.

The first four championship games at Arute Field will take place Friday
and Saturday December 13-14, 2013 with one game played Friday evening and
three games on Saturday. The CIAC has held its football championships at
Rentschler Field the last three seasons.

“The CIAC Football Committee is grateful to CCSU for their interest and
support in hosting CIAC events,” CIAC Assistant Executive Director Paul
Hoey stated. “CCSU is the perfect size to accommodate our spectators and
creates an outstanding championship atmosphere. Their facility is one of
the best in the state, and having a turf field available will allow for
predictability with scheduling and field conditions.”

Following recent expansion, Arute Field now boasts a capacity of 5,500. It
has a modern press box, state-of-the-art video board and the partnership
with CCSU will also allow for expanded on-line ticket sales prior to the

“Central Connecticut State University is extremely excited to partner
with the CIAC in hosting their football championships beginning this
fall,” CCSU Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann said.  “This is an
exceptional opportunity for our institution to showcase our beautiful
campus and our premier athletics facilities to upwards of 10,000 parents,
student-athletes and high school sports fans from all corners of the state.
 CCSU alumni have long been interwoven in the fabric and storied tradition
of high school athletics in Connecticut.  There is natural synergy in this
partnership on many levels and we are proud to bring these events home to
Central.  We look forward to working with Karissa Niehoff, Paul Hoey and
their staff and we are confident that the fans of Connecticut High School
football will enjoy a first class experience at Arute Field.”

“The Committee believes holding the championship games at Arute Field
provides the best experience and atmosphere for our student-athletes and
fans and makes the most sense for our organization at this time,” Hoey
explained. “Our relationship with Rentschler has been tremendous, and the
decision to move to a new venue is not a reflection of any dissatisfaction
with the people there or that experience.”

CCSU has hosted single CIAC football championship games in the past, most
recently the Class MM final in 2007. The CIAC began holding its four
football championship games at the same site in 2010 with Rentschler Field
serving as the host all three seasons.

“We’ve always been pleased to host CIAC football championship games,
and we are still open to working with state high school organizations and
will work hard to be good partners for any events in the future,” said
Jack Freeman, Director of Stadium Operations for Rentschler Field.

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