Jordan-Hare Stadium

Even with a decent crowd for the Class 5A state finals, Jordan-Hare Stadium is mostly empty Thursday night.

After spending Thursday watching the Class 1A, 3A and 5A state football finals at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, it's easy to question whether the AHSAA should keep their championship games at the state's largest stadiums.

Auburn hosts in even-numbered years, while Alabama has the odd-numbered ones.

On Thursday, all three games had decent attendance, with as many as 7,000 or 8,000 in the stands at one time for the 5A game.

But in a stadium that holds about 83,000, the high school crowd nearly gets lost. Also, the stands are a good bit farther away from the field than they are at the average high school stadium.

How about a smaller venue, which would help the crowd be more of a factor?

What about Jacksonville State? Or UAB's new stadium when it is finished?

Certainly, it's fun for high school athletes to play in the stadiums they see often on television, but in the end, would that matter that much to players who have made the state finals?

Sports Editor Mark Edwards: 256-235-3570. On Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.