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State Tournament Media Credential Information

State Finals Media Information: The following information was prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA girls and boys soccer state championship games. Please contact Tim Stried (tstried@ohsaa.org or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office if 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. 9 (all three girls championship games) and 10 (all three boys 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 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.
Game Times:  All game times are TBA until after the state semifinal games.
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 tstried@ohsaa.org). The deadline is 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. Credentials will be held for pickup at Gate 7 on the northwest side of Crew Stadium. All media must show photo identification to pick up credentials. No credentials will be issued to children, parents of state qualifiers or freelance photographers who are not working the soccer championships for a media outlet.

Confirmation Email and Approved List: Upon processing a credential application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email to the media outlet (person submitting the application). 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 by showing their company identification to the parking attendants, who will check the approved credential list for confirmation.
Broadcasting Availability and Rates: Delayed video play-by-play coverage of the soccer state championship games is permitted, along with live or tape-delayed radio and audio webcasting per rates found on the 2019-20 OHSAA Broadcast Fees chart.
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. 
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 & 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.
Credential Policies:  Coaches, freelance photographers who are not working the event for a media outlet, 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 Director of Sport Management Kathleen Coughlin will be on the field for all six state championship games. OHSAA Communications staff members Brendan Hall and Matt Titus will be in the press box.