FRISCO, TX (Press Release)- The NCAA has agreed to a four-year extension with Frisco, Texas, to continue holding the Division I Football Championship title game at Toyota Stadium, hosted by the Southland Conference, the city of Frisco and Hunt Sports Ventures. The extension will keep the championship game in Frisco through 2020.
Mark Wilson, chair of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee and the director of athletics at Tennessee Technological University, is happy to see the title game of the Football Championship Subdivision stay in Frisco.
"The Division I Football Championship Game has been a world-class event for the past five years," Wilson said. "The committee has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from all of our past participants and countless fans. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the city of Frisco, Hunt Sports Ventures and the Southland Conference."
More than 95,000 fans have attended the championship game in Frisco over the past five years, with an average crowd of more than 19,000. Three of the five championship games sold out, and the 2016 game is projected to attract the largest crowd in the six years the game has been played in Frisco. North Dakota State University, going for its fifth consecutive championship, will play Jacksonville State University in Saturday's final.
The stadium is scheduled to undergo a $39 million improvement project, which will include new locker rooms. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2017.
"We're thrilled to host the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game for the next four years," said Frisco Mayor Maher Maso. "Frisco is a great place for this title game because our community is dynamic, collaborative and sport-centric. We're a fast growing community and extremely proud of how this event has grown with us. The FCS championship enhances our reputation as a tourist destination while providing entertainment and economic benefits for our residents. We're looking forward to continuing our partnership."
The Southland Conference will continue to serve as host of the Division I Football Championship title game, and Commissioner Tom Burnett said the conference is excited to continue the partnership.
"The member institutions of the Southland Conference are honored the league will maintain its role as host of the Division I Football Championship Game through 2020," Burnett said. "The well-being of the Football Championship Subdivision is paramount for the Southland, and providing an outstanding championship experience for all participants has been our guidepost since the league and our Team Frisco partners were first awarded the game in 2010."
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