The University of Northern Iowa and high school athletics in the state of Iowa have a very strong relationship.

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On Tuesday, July 26th, UNI officials officially announced that they will be continuing their partnership with the Iowa High School Athletic Association, according to reports. This agreement between the organizations will guarantee that the state high school football playoffs will be played in the UNI Dome for the next few seasons.

The recent extension of their agreement has permitted the playoffs to be played in Cedar Falls until at least 2027, according to officials. 

"This agreement extension ensures that high school football players and teams can continue to pursue the "Road to the Dome'' and fans may continue to enjoy attending those games out of the elements and in the comfort of the UNI-Dome," said IHSAA Executive Director Tom Keating.

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The IHSAA state football playoffs is one of the biggest sporting events that takes place in the dome outside of Panthers games. UNI-Dome officials estimate that the sporting event has an approximate annual economic impact of $17 million.

"We are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with the IHSAA in bringing the final two weeks of the Iowa high school football season to the UNI-Dome, our campus and our community," said UNI Director of Athletics David Harris.

He goes on to say in his statement,"...the unmatched atmosphere of the UNI-Dome has helped create countless memories for young student-athletes around our state, and we are excited to help continue that tradition in making more memorable moments come to life."

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