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Bluefield wants WVSSAC to hold 2024 state championship game at MItchell Stadium

Jan. 11—BLUEFIELD — A delegation from Mercer County will ask the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission next week to hold the 2024 Super 6 State Football Championship game at historic Mitchell Stadium in Bluefield.

According to Bluefield City Manager Cecil Marson, the local delegation will travel to Parkersburg on Jan. 17 to make its presentation to the WVSSAC. Marson played a video during Tuesday's city board meeting showcasing Mitchell Stadium and Bluefield.

That video narrated by Jim Nelson also will be played to the WVSSAC board as part of the Mercer County presentation. It showcases everything from the Granda Theater to the region's ATV trails.

"It will be our introductory video just to build some excitement about our area and southern West Virginia," Marson said. "We will go through it and lay out what we are going to offer and we hope we are successful."

In recent years, the state football championship game has been played in Wheeling, but local officials believe the location of the Super 6 championship contest should be rotated with Bluefield being a part of that rotation.

"It's my understanding the last 20 years plus it's been in Wheeling," Marson said of the championship football game. "It's been a habitual location."

Marson said the Mercer County delegation will include himself, Delegate Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, Chamber of Commerce of the two Virginias Executive Director Jeff Dissibio, Mercer County School Superintendent Edward Toman and others.

Marson said it was his understanding that the state championship game had been played at Mitchell Stadium in the past, but adds that was a "long, long time" ago.

The area has requested in the past for the Super 6 event, which includes A, AA and AAA state championship games, to be held in Bluefield. But the WVSSAC has denied those past requests.

The championship games at one time were rotated, and included Charleston and Bluefield in 1975, but Wheeling has hosted them for about 20 years.

Local officials have argued in the past that not only can Mercer County accommodate the games, but the area would receive an economic boost with about 20,000 people or more coming to Bluefield during the championship weekend, staying in hotels and eating at restaurants and shopping.

They say holding the championship contest in Bluefield would be an opportunity for visitors to see what is offered in southern West Virginia and its many attractions.

— Contact Charles Owens at cowens@bdtonline.com

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