Last week WBA was informed by Fresno State staff that there would be an unscheduled football practice on Sunday, November 19, during the hours of our scheduled Grand Championships. This would seriously compromise much-needed field space for warm-ups precisely when we need the most for the larger bands. Even though this was not disclosed to WBA nor the stadium staff when we contracted the use of the stadium, we have been informed that football practice trumps any other activity scheduled. Since last week, we have had multiple communications with stadium staff in hope of finding a compromise. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a solution that allows our event with the football practice.
Presented with this situation, the board of directors have voted to relocate the Grand Championships on Sunday, November 19, to Veterans Stadium at Buchanan High School, site of last year’s championships. We believe this to be the best solution to provide a great experience without compromising on warm-up or parking space for the bands. Preliminaries will remain as scheduled, with 1A/2A/3A Class Championships at Buchanan’s Veteran Stadium and 4A/5A Class Championships for Bulldog Stadium at Fresno State University.
WBA apologizes for any inconvenience this change causes to any travel plans for championships. We did exhaust every scenario with Fresno State and feel that this is the best chance for a memorable event worthy of the efforts all our students have put forth this season.