The NCAA Division II Football national championship game is heading to the Lone Star State.
The NCAA announced Thursday that the 2018 championship game will be played at McKinney Independent School District Stadium and Community Events Center in McKinney, Texas.
The $69.9 million facility opened this fall. It is home to three high schools and seats 12,000 people.
“Where we landed was a preference for a neutral site venue in an accessible location with 10-15,000 seats and outstanding amenities to provide our student-athletes with a truly unique championship experience,” NCAA Division II Football Committee Chair Reid Amos said.
McKinney is just under 40 miles north of Dallas, a 42-minute drive from the city.
The championship was originally scheduled to be held at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Field renovations at the home of Sporting KC forced the game to be relocated.
McKinney ISD partnered with the Lone Star Conference to bid for the championship. The Division II Football committee received several other bids.
“We are confident that McKinney ISD Stadium, partnered with The Lone Star Conference as host, will allow us to deliver that experience and we look forward to another memorable playoff season and championship game,” Amos said.
The championship is scheduled for Dec. 15.