McKinney picked to host Division II national championship

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Championship football officailly runs through Texas once again. 

The state of Texas will host the Division II national championship in December. The game will take place on Dec. 15, 2018, at the McKinney Independent School District Stadium and Community Event Center in McKinney. The Lone Star Conference will host the game. 

Kansas City was set to host the national championship, but renovations on the playing surface pushed the game at the last minute. McKinney was one of several cities to make a bid. The city opened the brand new $70 million football facility in 2018. 

“As a committee, we had in-depth discussions regarding the expectations that we have for the venue that would serve as host for this premier Division II Championship,” said NCAA Division II Football Committee chair Reid Amos. “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. 

"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.”

The Lone Star Conference produced the 2017 national champion Texas A&M-Commerce Lions. Commerce ranks No. 9 in the AFCA Coaches Division-II rankings. Lone Star Conference members Midwestern State at No. 4 and Tarleton State at No. 21 also appear in the polls. 

This isn't the only national championship game to take place in the state. The FCS national championship game is held annually at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. That game is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2019. The Division III national championship will be held in Shenandoah, Texas as well. 

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