The Colorado High School Athletic Association has awarded the 2018 and the 2019 State 2A/3A Football Championships to Pueblo, Colo. at the Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Pueblo was selected for the Championship games thanks to a partnership between Friends of Football (FOF), the CSU-Pueblo Department of Athletics, Pueblo City Schools District 60 Athletics, and Pueblo West High School Athletics. If there is a conflict at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl on either date the game will be played at Dutch Clark Stadium. If the game is to be played at Dutch Clark Stadium and one of the participants is from Pueblo City Schools the game will be played at Pueblo West High School.
“This is a great opportunity for Pueblo, who since 2014 have won four football high school state championships and one NCAA Division II National Championship, to claim the title of The City of Champions,” said Dan DeRose, FOF President. “We are excited to continue our support of the game of football as well as bring excitement, showcase the greatest University in the region, and make an economic impact to our city.”
The game is being presented by FOF and four major sponsors have stepped up to support the athletes participating in the 2A/3A Football State Championship games. The four sponsors are PepsiCO, Parkview Medical Center Orthopedics, Legacy Bank and the Robert H. Rawlings Foundation.
“These four local sponsors stepped up in a big way to help provide the financial resources to not only secure the 2A/3A Championships for Pueblo, but to make the games the best experience possible for the student-athletes, coaches and spectators,” said DeRose.
The 2A State Championship game will take place on Saturday, November 24, while the 3A Championship game will take place on Saturday, December 1. Both games have a 1 p.m. scheduled kickoff.