Sectional, District, Regional and State Semifinals Media Credential Requests: Media shall contact the tournament site manager to request media credentials. Go to the OHSAA’s Girls Soccer or Boys Soccer web pages to access the various district websites (for sectional and district games), the regional tournament site managers and the state semifinal site managers.
State Finals Media Information: The following information was prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA boys and girls soccer state championship games. Please contact Tim Stried (email@example.com or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office should you have additional questions. Previews and additional information will be posted on the OHSAA web site the week of the state tournament.
Dates and Location: Nov. 12 (all three boys championship games) and Nov. 13 (all three girls championship games) at MAPFRE Stadium. The address is One Black & Gold Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43211. The stadium is located at the northeast corner of the Ohio State Fairgrounds and is visible from Interstate 71 just north of downtown Columbus. From I-71, take the Hudson Street exit. If coming from the north, proceed straight onto Silver Drive, which winds around directly to the stadium. If coming from the south, turn left onto Hudson Street, cross over I-71 and turn left onto Silver Drive, which winds around directly to the stadium.
All game times are TBA.
Media Credentials for the State Finals: Media shall use the OHSAA’s official soccer credential application form and fax it to Tim Stried at 614-267-1677 (or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline is 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Credentials will be held for pickup at Gate 8 on the northwest side of MAPFRE Stadium. All media must show photo identification to pick up their credentials. No credentials will be issued to parents of state qualifiers or freelance photographers.
Confirmation Email and Approved List: Upon processing a credential application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email to the media outlet. In addition, a list of those media members who have been approved for credentials will be posted on the credential information page at OHSAA.org.
Parking: Media who have been approved for credentials will be able to park free of charge through Gate 19 by showing their company identification (ID badge) to the parking attendants, who will check the approved credential list for confirmation.
Broadcasting Availability and Rates: Live or tape-delayed radio and audio webcasting is available per rates found on the 2016-17 OHSAA Tournament Broadcast Rates page. Play-by-play video is not permitted due to Time Warner Cable's exclusive TV coverage of the championship games.
Media Work Space, Wireless Access, Telephones: Work space for media members is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the press box, which is located in the northeast corner of MAPFRE Stadium. Wireless access is available, as well as telephone connections for credit card, collect or toll-free calls only.
Postgame Interviews: Coaches and student-athletes are available on the field for interviews after BOTH awards ceremonies have concluded. There are no official press conferences.
Programs, Lineups, Box Scores and Recaps: Programs, pregame starting lineups and postgame box scores will be distributed in the press box. Box scores and recaps will be posted on the OHSAA web site as soon as possible following each game.
Coaches, parents of competitors and children are not permitted to receive media credentials. Media outlets found to be in violation could be subject to reduced access at future OHSAA state tournaments.
Your Host: OHSAA Assistant Commissioner Jerry Snodgrass.