Since 1969 the Macon Coliseum has been home to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) boys and girls state basketball championships, but come 2017, this will no longer be the case.
The GHSA announced plans to move the state basketball championships to two new locations: Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum and Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion.
Stegeman, which has never hosted a high school state playoff game, will hold eight championship games on Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9. The other eight games will be played at the McCamish Pavilion on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11.
“The University of Georgia and Georgia Tech have two of the premier basketball complexes in the state,” GHSA executive director Gary Phillips said in a statement. “Both schools worked tirelessly with the GHSA to devise a schedule that eliminates any conflict between the state championship games and the Bulldogs’ and Yellow Jackets’ own use of these marvelous facilities. The primary goal of the GHSA is to promote the best interests of Georgia’s high school student-athletes, and we are thrilled at the experience these venues will offer to the teams, their schools, and their fans.”
The state championships have been played at the Macon Coliseum since 1969, while portions of the state tournament have been played in the city of Macon since 1942.
The coliseum received much criticism following the 2016 finals due to baskets being set up at non-regulation baskets, as well as for its parking and bathrooms, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Newton High School’s boys’ basketball team played in the 2016 state tournament, ending the season with a final four finish.