The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) has announced that Springfield will be the host city for the 2018-2022 Boys & Girls State Basketball Championships and 2016 State Football Championships. The decision will end, for the time being, the “Show-Me Bowl” at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, and, after next season, the “Show-Me Showdown” at the University of Missouri – Columbia. In a related announcement from MSHSAA, the University of Missouri’s Memorial Stadium has been chosen to host the 2017 football championship games. The 2016 games will be played at Robert W. Plaster Stadium on the Missouri State campus in Springfield.
While Missouri State and Mizzou will host the football championships for 2016 and 2017, that will only consist of Classes 1 through 6. MSHSAA has yet to decide on a host location for the eight-man state championship game, and will award contracts once staff has time to further evaluate the two proposals that were received from Cameron and Chillicothe. That vote should take place at MSHSAA’s June meeting.
The JQH Arena in Springfield, in a similar arrangement to one utilized by Mizzou Arena and the Hearnes Center in Columbia in recent years, will split semifinal games on the Thursday of Class 1, 2 and 3 basketball weekend with the Hammons Student Center, starting in the 2017-2018 school year and for the four years afterwards.
Columbia hosted State Basketball Championship events for boys from 1973 through 1988 and 1992 to present and for girls from 1980 through 1988 and 1992 to present.
Springfield has hosted the State Basketball Championships at the following venues:
- Central High School – 1939, 1943-1945
- McDonald Arena – 1941, 1942, 1947-1950, 1956 and 1964
- Hammons Student Center – 1983, 1985-1991 (Boys & Girls)
The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis has hosted the football championships since 1996. Springfield last hosted the football event in 1995 at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex at Missouri State University.
Springfield has hosted football at the following venues:
- John F. Kennedy Stadium in 1968
- Briggs Stadium/Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex 1971 and 1988-1995