Warner Robins will host the Class 5A state championship game next week after snow in Atlanta on Friday forced the cancellation of a number of state title games.
The Class 5A championship game between Warner Robins and Rome was one of the four postponed by the Georgia High School Association, leaving many fans streaming home after making the trip up I-75 and paying as much as $20 to park.
“The developments with the weather are getting worse,” GHSA executive director Dr. Robin Hines said at halftime of Friday’s second game. “There is more snow that is going to be coming in after 6 o’clock, and safety has to be our No. 1 priority.”
By virtue of a coin flip Friday afternoon, the Demons will host the title game at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. The GHSA announced Friday that purchased tickets and ticket stubs will be honored for next Friday's game at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.
Also postponed on Friday were the Class 6A championship game between Coffee and Lee County and the first two games scheduled for Saturday, the Class A Public championship between Irwin County and Clinch County and the Class AA championship between Rabun County and Hapeville Charter. Lee County, Irwin County and Rabun County will host those games.
The final two games — the Class 4A and Class 7A games — on Saturday are still scheduled to be played.
“The decision has been made after consulting with the Falcons staff, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the weather service and our staff, that we are going to postpone the next two games today because we are concerned about people coming in,” Hines said.
The weather in Atlanta was cold and rainy on Friday, with snow beginning to fall late in the morning. The area around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, site of the championship games, was covered with slush and snow by noon. Although the roads around the stadium and throughout metro Atlanta were generally clear, officials were concerned about the safety of players and fans when the temperatures were expected to drop after sundown.
Warner Robins is trying to win its first state championship since 2004 and the fifth in school history. Rome is the defending champion and is riding a 26-game winning streak.