A national spotlight will shine on McKinney and McKinney ISD in December as roughly 6,000 people are expected to attend the NCAA Division II football national championship game held at the MISD Stadium and Community Event Center.
The NCAA Division II Football Committee announced in early October it selected the MISD stadium and The Lone Star Conference—a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA Division II—to host the 2018 championship game, which will be held Dec. 15.
The nearly $70 million stadium was one of several bids the committee received to host the championship game, according to a news release from the NCAA.
“McKinney is so excited to be able to host this game in the first year of having the stadium open, and we feel it’s an asset to our community because of the potential to bring other events into town,” Dee-dee Guerra, executive director of the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in an email.
NCAA officials estimate 6,000 people will attend the game in McKinney; however the city is preparing for up to 10,000 fans. This number is determined from past championship attendance, during which the past four years had an average attendance of 9,000 people, according to NCAA officials. These estimates do not account for players, coaches or university staff.
More about the NCAA Division II game can be found here.