Springfield’s JQH Arena to be home of MSHSAA Basketball Championships, as well as Plaster Stadium and Columbia’s Faurot Field for football.

OSAGE BEACH, Mo.- The Missouri State High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted today on possible sites for the MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl and MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown at its annual April meeting at Tan-Tar-A Resort. 


The Board approved the awarding of the 2016 MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl for Classes 1-6 to Springfield.  The six games will be played at Plaster Stadium on the campus of Missouri State University.  The Board also approved the awarding of the 2017 Show-Me Bowl for Classes 1-6 to Columbia.  The 2017 games will be played at Faurot Field on the campus of the University of Missouri.


The Board will award contracts for the 8-man contests once the MSHSAA staff has time to further evaluate the two proposals that were received from Cameron and Chillicothe.  That vote should take place at the Board’s June meeting.


The JQH Arena was awarded the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown beginning with the 2017-18 school year.  The contract will consist of a five-year agreement, which also uses the Hammons Student Center for the Thursday of Class 1, 2 and 3 weekend.


"We are very excited about using a venue for our basketball championships for which we have received many positive comments," said MSHSAA Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhahn. "We appreciate the work that the cities put into this bid process and we have taken this process very seriously. We are especially humbled by the amount of community support the city of Springfield showed in putting together its bids.  We have an obligation to our membership to find not only the best facilities to host our championships, but also the best support from the host site to serve our schools needs."