INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (SOUTHLAND) - The NCAA has agreed to a three-year extension with Frisco, Texas, for the Division I Football Championship title game to be held at FC Dallas Stadium and hosted by the Southland Conference, the city of Frisco and the Hunt Sports Group.
FC Dallas Stadium has hosted the previous two Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) championship games, in addition to this year's title game on Jan. 5. The extension will keep the championship game in Frisco through 2016.
"The committee is excited to announce this extension," said Charlie Cobb, chair of the Division I Football Committee and director of athletics at Appalachian State University. "The entire local community, including the Southland Conference, has really embraced and supported this event. When you combine that enthusiasm with the quality of the stadium, it makes Frisco an outstanding environment for the participating student-athletes, coaches and fans."
This year's championship game, featuring a rematch of last year's title contest between North Dakota State University and Sam Houston State University, marks the second straight time it will be a sold-out FC Dallas Stadium, which holds more than 20,500 spectators. It will be only the second time since 1995 and 1996 that more than 20,000 people have attended the championship game in back-to-back years. At the end of the extension, Frisco will have hosted the title game more than any other city besides Chattanooga, Tenn., which hosted the event from 1997-2009. The game will also be carried live on ESPN2 at noon, CT.
"We are ecstatic the NCAA has extended its contract with Frisco to host the Division I Football Championship another three years," said Maher Maso, City of Frisco Mayor. "This game has a projected economic impact of more than $5.9 million on our regional economy. Not only that, the exposure Frisco receives from the game being televised to a national audience is invaluable. But finally, Frisco enjoys being the best host we can be to the players and their families, students and football fans in general. It's a great event honoring true champions."
Commissioner, Southland Conference
"All of us in the Southland Conference are thrilled the NCAA has chosen to extend its relationship with Frisco. Since we began our hosting discussions with the NCAA in 2009, we were convinced our city had so many advantages for the NCAA, the participating teams, their fans, and the larger FCS community. With this renewal, we're gratified the NCAA has reaffirmed its confidence in the Team Frisco partnership."
President, Hunt Sports Group
"Hunt Sports Group and FC Dallas Stadium are honored to be a part of this great FCS Championship Game for another three years. As a partner with the NCAA, the Southland Conference and the City of Frisco, we will continue to present this event as a world-class experience for the fans, participating student athletes and 122 FCS institutions that make up this championship event."