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COVID-19 SCREENING POLICY

Each ticketholder will be required to conduct a COVID-19 related self-assessment prior to entry. Ticketholders who have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who is COVID-positive and/or who have been directed by a healthcare professional to be in quarantine or isolation for a period of time that includes game day will not be allowed entry.

Stated differently, each ticketholder must comply with the following:

  • Please do not try to enter the stadium if you have any of the following symptoms:
    • A fever over 100°F
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Sore throat
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Lost the sense of taste or smell
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Please do not try to enter the stadium if you have been in close contact with anyone diagnosed or under investigation with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
    • Close contact is defined as spending 15 minutes or more within six feet of an individual.
    • Please do not try to enter the stadium if a healthcare provider has recommended that you should currently be in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.

SEATING CAPACITY

Based on the January 21, 2021 Current Order of the State Health Officer, the City of Birmingham and University of Alabama at Birmingham recommendations, the capacity at each venue has been limited for the 2021 State Finals including the lower bowl general seating, suites, and other premium seating areas.

The adjusted capacity for Bartow Arena’s general admission seating area is currently 1,275 seats. To maintain the lower bowl as the only seating area and remain under 1,275, the AHSAA will sell general admission tickets for the 2021 State Finals by individual game and has adjusted the game schedule to accommodate clearing the stadium in between games.

The adjusted capacity for Birmingham Crossplex Bill Harris Arena general admission seating area is currently 1,000 seats. To maintain the lower bowl as the only seating area and remain under 1,000, the AHSAA will sell general admission tickets for the 2021 State Finals by individual game and has adjusted the game schedule to accommodate clearing the stadium in between games.

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FACIAL COVERINGS (MASKS)

Based on the January 21, 2021 Current Order of the State Health Officer, the AHSAA expects that all fans will avoid close contact with others and maintain a physical distance of six feet or greater. Schools participating in State Finals will be advised that they are to provide education to its student body and fan base on these expectations for the event.

  • All fans will be expected to wear a facial covering during entrance and exit to the stadium, while visiting the concession stand, visiting the restroom or at points when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • While in the stadium seating area, individuals from different households should maintain a physical distancing of 6 feet.

Schedule

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THE AHSAA BASKETBALL STATE FINALS, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE FINAL 48, IS ONE OF THE TOP HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS IN THE COUNTRY.

Semi-Finals

friday february 26

9:00 am 4a girls Semi-Final Game (ROGERS VS. GENEVA) @ Crossplex

11:30 am 4a boys Semi-Final Game (BROOKS VS. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON) @ Crossplex

2:00 pm 4a girls Semi-Final Game (ANNISTON VS. JACKSON) @ Crossplex

2:30 pm 4a boys Semi-Final Game (ANNISTON VS. VIGOR) @ Crossplex

saturday february 27

9:00 am 5a girls Semi-Final Game (JEMISON VS. CHARLES HENDERSON) @ Crossplex

11:30 am 5a boys Semi-Final Game (LEE-HUNTSVILLE VS. SYLACAUGA) @ Crossplex

2:00 pm 5a girls Semi-Final Game (CARVER-BIRMINGHAM VS. MARBURY) @ Crossplex

4:30 pm 5a boys Semi-Final Game (RAMSAY VS. SIPSEY VALLEY) @ Crossplex

monday march 1

9:00 am 6a girls Semi-Final Game (HAZEL GREEN VS. MCGILL-TOOLEN) @ UAB

11:30 am 6a boys Semi-Final Game (SCOTTSBORO VS. SPANISH FORT) @ UAB

2:00 pm 6a girls Semi-Final Game (CHELSEA VS. CARVER-MONTGOMERY) @ UAB

4:30 pm 6a boys Semi-Final Game (MOUNTAIN BROOKVS. EUFAULA) @ UAB

9:00 am 3a girls Semi-Final Game (SUSAN MOORE VS. PRATTVILLE-CHRISTIAN) @ Crossplex

11:30 am 3a boys Semi-Final Game (WINFIELD VS. MONTGOMERY-CATHOLIC) @ Crossplex

2:00 pm 3a girls Semi-Final Game (SYLVANIA VS. T.R. MILLER) @ Crossplex

4:30 pm 3a boys Semi-Final Game (FYFFE VS. COTTAGE HILL) @ Crossplex

tuesday march 2

9:00 am 7a girls Semi-Final Game (Hoover vs. Hewitt-Trussville) @ UAB

11:30 am 7a boys Semi-Final Game (Oak Mountain vs. Enterprise) @ UAB

22:00 pm 7a girls Semi-Final Game (HEWITT-TRUSSVILLE VS. THEODORE) @ UAB

4:30 pm 7a boys Semi-Final Game (SPAIN PARK VS.ENTERPRISE) @ UAB

9:00 AM 1a GIRLS Semi-Final Game (Belgreen vs. Autaugaville) @ Crossplex

11:30 AM 1a BOYS Semi-Final Game (BELGREENV S. NOTASULGA)) @ Crossplex

2:00 PM 1a GIRLS Semi-Final Game (SKYLINE VS. LINDEN) @ Crossplex

4:30 PM 1A BOYS Semi-Final Game (DECATUR HERITAGEV S. AUTAUGAVILLE) @ Crossplex

wednesday march 3

9:00 am 6a girls Semi-Final Game (HAZEL GREEN VS. CARVER-MONTGOMERY) @ UAB

11:30 am 6a boys Semi-Final Game (SPANISH FORT VS. MOUNTAIN BROOK) @ UAB

2:00 pm 7a girls Semi-Final Game (TBD vs TBD) @ UAB

4:30 pm 7a boys Semi-Final Game (TBD vs TBD) @ UAB

Finals

wednesday march 3

9:00 am 2a girls Hatton vs. Pisgah @ Crossplex

11:30 am 2a boys Lanett vs. Midfield @ Crossplex

2:00 pm 2a girls PISGAH VS. ST LUKE’S @ Crossplex

4:30 pm 2a boys MIDFIELD VS. CALHOUN @ Crossplex

thursday march 4

9:00 aM 4A GIRLS ROGERS VS. ANNISTON @ Crossplex

11:30 aM 4A BOYS BOOKER T. WASHINGTON VS. ANNISTON @ Crossplex

2:00 pm 5a girls MAE JEMISON VS. CARVER-BIRMINGHAM @ Crossplex

4:30 pm 5a boys LEE-HUNTSVILLE VS. RAMSAY @ Crossplex

friday march 5

9:00 aM 3A GIRLS PRATTVILLE-CHRISTIAN VS. SYLVANIA @ Crossplex

11:30 aM 3A BOYS MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC VS. FYFFE @ Crossplex

2:00 pM 1A GIRLS TBD vs. tbd @ Crossplex

4:30 PM 1A BOYS TBD vs. tbd @ Crossplex

saturday march 6

9:00 aM 2A GIRLS TBD vs. tbd @ Crossplex

11:30 aM 2A BOYS TBD vs. tbd @ Crossplex



Tickets



daily tickets

All tickets for the 2021 AHSAA State Finals will only be available for purchase in advance and online through the AHSAA’s digital ticketing partner, GoFan, by visiting https://gofan.co/AHSAA and will be $12 plus applicable GoFan fees.

Tickets will NOT be available for purchase at the gate. All tickets will be a digital ticket produced on the purchaser’s smartphone and no print-at-home tickets will be available.

To adjust for limited capacity inside Bill Harris Arena and Bartow Arena, all general admission tickets for the 2021 State Finals are being sold by individual game and the 2021 game schedule has been modified to accommodate all fans exiting the stadium in between games.

All fans attending the 2021 State Finals must self-screen for current CDC recommended symptoms on each day they attend PRIOR to arriving at Bill Harris Arena or Bartow Arena and all fans will acknowledge as a part of the terms and conditions when purchasing a ticket that they will self-screen and must be symptom free as a condition to enter the venue. Visible signage in place at all entry points of both Bill Harris Arena and Bartow Arena will also serve as another reminder to all guests of this policy.”

Bill Harris Arena

2337 Bessemer Rd, Birmingham, AL 35208


The arena is a great multi-purpose facility with floor space of 20,000 square feet. It has been used to host a variety of events from concerts to trade shows to rodeo’s and multiple sporting events that include basketball, wrestling, volleyball and cheerleading competitions.

directions

FROM North

  • Follow I-65 South and take Exit 261B onto I-20/59
  • Take Exit 120 off I-20/59
  • Turn left onto Ensley Avenue and drive back over the interstate
  • Follow Ensley Avenue approximately 1 mile into Five Points West Intersection
  • Proceed through intersection onto Avenue W to enter CrossPlex

FROM South

  • Follow I-65 North through downtown Birmingham take Exit 261B to I-20/59
  • Take Exit 120 off I-20/59
  • Turn left onto Ensley Avenue and drive back over the interstate
  • Follow Ensley Avenue approximately 1 mile into Five Points West Intersection
  • Proceed through intersection onto Avenue W to enter CrossPlex

FROM East

  • From I-20 or I-59 merge onto I-20/59 West and follow signs to downtown Birmingham
  • Follow I-20/59 West to Exit 120
  • Take Exit 120 off I-20/59
  • Turn left onto Ensley Avenue and drive back over the interstate
  • Follow Ensley Avenue approximately 1 mile into Five Points West Intersection
  • Proceed through intersection onto Avenue W to enter CrossPlex

FROM West

  • Follow I-20/59 East to Exit 120
  • Take Exit 120 off I-20/59
  • Turn left onto Ensley Avenue and drive back over the interstate
  • Follow Ensley Avenue approximately 1 mile into Five Points West Intersection
  • Proceed through intersection onto Avenue W to enter CrossPlex

Bartow Arena

617 13th Street S, Birmingham, AL 35233


Originally called UAB Arena, the building was re-named Bartow Arena on Jan. 25, 1997 in honor of Gene Bartow, the "Father of UAB Athletics." The legendary Bartow served as UAB's first athletic director from 1977 until his retirement in 2000, taking the Blazers from their infancy into a 17-sport athletic program. He coached the UAB men's basketball team from its inception until 1996.

directions

FROM North (Nashville)

Take I-65 South to exit 259B (4th Avenue South). Go three blocks to 13th Street South; take a right. Proceed two blocks until the intersection of 13th Street South and 6th Avenue South. Bartow Arena will be on the left.

FROM East (Chattanooga)

Take I-59 South to ecit 124A (I-65 South); exit I-65 at exit 259B (4th Avenue South). Go three blocks to 13th Street South; take a right. Proceed two blocks until the intersection of 13th Street South and 6th Avenue South. Bartow Arena will be on the left.

FROM East (Atlanta)

Take I-20 West to exit 124A (I-65 South); exit I-65 at exit 259B (4th Avenue South). Go three blocks to 13th Street South; take a right. Proceed two blocks until the intersection of 13th Street South and 6th Avenue South. Bartow Arena will be on the left.

FROM South (Mobile / Montgomery)

Take I-65 North to exit 259 (University Blvd.) take University Boulevard two blocks east to 13th Street South. Take a left on to 13th Street South; Bartow Arena will be one block on the right.

FROM South West (Jackson, Miss., Tuscaloosa)

Take I-20 east to I-59 North. Take exit 124A (I-65 South); exit I-65 at exit 259B (4th Avenue South). Go three blocks to 13th Street Soth; take a right. Proceed two blocks until the intersection of 13th Street South and 6th Avenue South. Bartow Arena will be on the left.


General Parking

Fan Parking

There is a $5.00 parking fee for sporting events at the CrossPlex and Bill Harris Arena


Clutch! will manage parking for all games at Bartow Arena. Parking Fee for games at Bartow Arena is $10. Please visit imclutch.com or download the app from the apple app store or google play store to purchase your parking pass.

During State Finals, there will be metered parking available along nearby streets as well as paid parking in surface lots and parking decks managed by 3rd party parking services companies surrounding Bartow Arena and Bill Harris Arena.

Download Bill Harris Arena Parking Map
Download Bartow Arena Parking Map

Metal Detector Policy

As an additional effort to provide a safe and secure environment for all fans, coaches and student-athletes, walk-through metal detectors will be used at both Bill Harris Arena and Bartow Arena for the 2021 AHSAA State Finals.

When fans arrive at the gates of Bill Harris Arena or Bartow Arena, they will be asked to follow the instructions of the security screening staff and place large metal objects such as phones, keys, cameras, and approved seat cushions in containers on screening tables before passing through the walk-through metal detectors. Fans will not be required to remove belts, watches, wallets, jewelry, shoes, jackets, coins or other small objects. Fans are encouraged to arrive approximately 30 minutes earlier than normal to ensure a smooth entry.

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking is located in various locations around Bill Harris Arena and Bartow Arena.

Media Parking

All media attending games at Bartow Arena will park in the 12th Street Parking Deck as space allows. Any media visiting Bill Harris Arena will park in the main lot at the Birmingham Crossplex.

prohibited items

The following items are not permitted into the arena:

  • Oversized bags, backpacks, and purses over 14” x 14”
  • Video Recorders
  • Outside food and/or drink
  • Weapons
  • Coolers
  • Umbrellas
  • Artificial noisemakers (bells, horns, whistles, cow bells, etc.)
  • Strollers
  • Computers
  • Flags/Banners on poles
  • Tripods
  • Drones of any kind
  • Any other items deemed inappropriate, hazardous, or unsafe by venue personnel

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Media

credentials

MEDIA CREDENTIAL REQUEST
Based on the January 21, 2021 Current Order of the State Health Officer and venue capacity reductions, the number of credentialed press will be capped at a capacity of fifteen (15) per game and Media Hospitality will be limited to pre-packaged meals and permissible beverage service (individual containers vs. fountains) based on each venue guidelines. Members of the media can request working space at the 2021 State Finals as a part of the official credential request made online at www.ahsaa.com/media/media-credentials-request by the 2021 State Finals event deadline on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 12:00PM.

PERMANENT CREDENTIALS
Media with only AHSAA permanent credentials will not be permitted to cover the event but must receive a State Finals Media Credential. Request for media credentials must be made through Ron Ingram with the AHSAA.

 

SCHOOL MEDIA CREDENTIALS
All participating schools will receive (2) media passes for the day(s) that the school team is playing. Please contact Ron Ingram at 334-263-6994.

broadcast

TELEVISION BROADCAST
All fourteen championship games of the 2021 AHSAA State Finals will be broadcast LIVE on local television WOTM and partner stations across the state. CLICK HERE to see the coverage map and television affiliates carrying State Finals across the state.

RADIO BROADCAST
The Radio Partner for the State Finals is R&B Media. All 42 games throughout the State Finals will be broadcast LIVE.
For semi-finals and finals, CLICK HERE to follow the games on the AHSAA radio network.

live streaming

Watch every semifinal and final live on the NFHS Network. For a $10.99 subscription, you can watch every AHSAA Basketball game anytime, anywhere on NFHSnetwork.com. You can also watch with the NFHS Network iOS app, Android app and AppleTV app. Click here for live streaming.



contributors


                                       

P.O. Box 242367
Montgomery, AL 36124-2367
334-263-6994

Event Management Services Provided by:

Knight Eady
101 12th Street South, Suite 100
Birmingham, AL 35233
(205) 307-6660