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Division 2 national championship moving to Kansas City in 2014

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College football’s national championship is coming to the pitch. Well, the Division 2 college football championship that is.

For years the destination to crown the national champion in Division 2 football had been Florence, Alabama. That will change starting in 2014 when the national championship game moves to Kansas City’s Sporting Park, home of the MLS club Sporting Kansas City since 2011. The location change will be in effect from 2014 through the 2017 season, the NCAA announced Wednesday among a number of future championship sites for various sports.

The game had been played on the campus of North Alabama since 1986. Braly Municipal Stadium served as the host venue for the game, with a capacity of 14,215. The stadium is considered a fine venue by Division 2 standards, but a move to a newer stadium in a region closer to some of top Division 2 powers in the north and midwest could end up being a boost for the game as well. Opened in 2011, Sporting Park has a seating capacity of 18,467 for soccer, which should be the comparable number for college football.

The Division 2 championship game has been played in California, Texas, and New Mexico before establishing a seemingly permanent home in Florence, Alabama in 1986.

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4 Responses to “Division 2 national championship moving to Kansas City in 2014”
  1. ronm1963 says: Dec 11, 2013 9:27 PM

    Hey, don’t get me wrong. I love KC. I’m from that area, but some people never seem to learn.

    Indeed, no championship college football game should ever be played above the Mason-Dixon Line or east of California, Arizona or El Paso, Texas, after Nov 15 – unless the stadium has a roof on it!

    Blizzard and cold conditions may sound like fun, but such things are miserable for players and fans. What’s worse they can negatively impact play in a game to the extent that weather rather than player ability decide the outcome. Something no championship game should fall victim too, or fans, players and coaches should want..

  2. frankgarrett says: Dec 11, 2013 10:28 PM

    you must be one of these people that enjoy the pussification of america

  3. ronm1963 says: Dec 12, 2013 1:12 AM

    @frankgarrett

    No, Frank, I just love great football and watching athletes compete on a level and unencumbered playing field free of mud, slop, sleet and snow. I happen to think a championship football game dominated by hard hitting and athletic skill is preferable to a contest of who can best survive miserable conditions getting to, playing in and getting home from the game.

    Now, if you think I’m advocating for the “pussification” of America, perish the thought.

    Instead of attending football games right now, me, my son and 28 of our closest four-legged friends are training for the next Iditarod. We’ve recently gotten some good snows up here and the training is intensifying. At 66 I don’t race anymore, mind you, but I keep in shape by helping my son and we’ll be ready come the first of March — even if we have a blizzard by Alaskan standards.

  4. vols84 says: Dec 12, 2013 8:23 AM

    I am excited about this move. Sporting Park is a great facility with lots of restaurants, bars, hotels, and shopping nearby. Great place to watch a concert, soccer match and now a football game.

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