The Georgia High School Association voted today to prohibit football practice before August 7, with the first regular season game scheduled no earlier than September 1. This essentially reverses the decision two years ago when GHSA moved the season earlier. State title games will be December 15-16, 2006.
Another major change that will be on a trial basis in 2006 will be the playing of state championship games at a neutral stadium, rather than the home field of one of the participants. THE GHSA Executive Director will select the neutral site after the semi-finals are completed. Semi-finals will remain at the Georgia Dome, at least through 2006. Next spring, discussion may continue on moving the semi-final games to neutral sites and the finals to the Dome.