The NCAA has agreed to a three-year extension with Frisco for the Division I Football Championship 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 Saturday, Jan. 5. The extension runs through 2016. 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 committee is excited to announce this extension,” said Charlie Cobb, chair of the Division I Football Committee and director of athletics at Appalachian State. “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, which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2, will be a rematch of last year’s title contest between North Dakota State and Sam Houston State. The game will kickoff at noon. Over 20,500 people are expected to attend the game at FC Stadium, which changed its name from Pizza Hut Park earlier this year.
“We are ecstatic the NCAA has extended its contract with Frisco to host the Division I Football Championship another three years,” said Maher Maso, 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.”
Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, said: “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.”
John Wagner, president of Hunt Sports Group, said: “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.”