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GETTING TO THE GAME: Fans should plan ahead to catch GHSA state championship games
Newton Celebrates
The Newton Lady Rams celebrate after coming back from an 18-point deficit to knock off 4-time defending state champion McEachern. They'll be part of a tough state championship ticket at McCamish Pavilion on Saturday. - photo by Anthony Banks

COVINGTON, Ga. -- If you’re planning on going to see the Newton Lady Rams play for its first Georgia High School Association state championship this Saturday, waiting until the last minute to plan your trip probably won’t be a good idea. 

State championship games began Wednesday and Thursday at the Macon Centreplex and will culminate Friday and Saturday, March 9-10 at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion in downtown Atlanta. 

Newton’s Class AAAAAAA state championship game with Westlake is slated for a 6 p.m. tip-off on Saturday. But that start time could be delayed, depending on how long the two previous games before Newton’s last. 

Last year, state championship crowds were estimated to be close to 9,000. This year, pre-event parking at McCamish has already been sold out. Fans’ best bet to catch the Lady Rams in action is to probably get there in time for one of the earlier games. 

Here’s all the information you need to know in order to take in Saturday’s state championship action, including Saturday’s game schedule, and ticket and television broadcasting information: 


The Venue: McCamish Pavilion, 965 Fowler St., NW, Atlanta.

Ticket Prices: Tickets are $15 at the box office and are also available for pre-event mobile purchase at GoFan.com.  

Live Broadcast: All championship games will be broadcast live at NFHSNetwork.com/GHSA. There is a subscription price for an all-access pass to view at $9.95 per month for 30 days. DVDs of games can also be purchased at NFHSNetwork.com.

Live Stats: Live stats and play-by-play from each game will be provided by West Georgia Sports Information Services, and can be found at http://ghsabasketball.weebly.com.

Saturday’s Tournament Schedule:

Class AAAA Girls Championship: Henry County vs. Spalding, 2 p.m. 

Class AAAA Boys Championship: St. Pius vs. Upon Lee, 4 p.m.

Class AAAAAAA Girls Championship: Newton vs. Westlake, 6 p.m.

Class AAAAAAA Boys Championship: Norcross vs. Meadwocreek, 8 p.m.