LEXINGTON – The 2015 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl State Football Finals are slated for Houchens Industries/L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University the weekend of December 3-6. The tentative schedule for the event has the games scheduled as follows (All times Central):
Friday, Dec. 4: 1A – 11 a.m., 2A – 2:30 p.m., 6A – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5: 3A – 11 a.m., 4A – 2:30 p.m., 5A – 6 p.m.
In the event that Western Kentucky University would earn the right to host the Conference USA Championship game the same weekend as the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, the schedule of games for the state football finals would have to be adjusted as follows:
Thursday, Dec. 3: 1A – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 5: 6A – 5 p.m., 5A – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 6: 2A – 1 p.m., 3A – 4 p.m., 4A – 7 p.m.
The alternative schedule is subject to change as the final start time for the C-USA Championship game will be dictated by television scheduling.
“We have met with WKU on multiple occasions these past three years reviewing scheduling alternatives in the event of WKU hosting this great event. Should Coach Brohm and his Hilltoppers earn the right to host the conference championship game, all involved entities, the KHSAA, the City of Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University are prepared to make our championship the best experience for the student-athletes and simultaneously, give the Toppers their venue for this super opportunity,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Our staff has experienced this type of changeover mid-event before, even as recently as the 2013 Boys’ state basketball tournament when we worked cooperatively with the University of Kentucky and Rupp Arena to handle a nationally televised UK/Florida game in the middle of our event.
“We will know the schedule of the state finals prior to the kickoff of the semifinals and be fully prepared to make any necessary adjustments. Thankfully, the member schools are accustomed to determining final schedules at the start of each week of the playoffs, so we know they will be able to adapt, as will our event staff and the great staff at WKU.”
Tickets to the games are sold in a six-game package through the KHSAA, and single-game tickets will be available at each participating school following the semifinals, as well as through Ticketmaster.com.