McKinney, Texas, will play host to the Division II National Championship game this December.
Texasfootball.com reports that the game, hosted by the Lone Star Conference, will take place at the McKinney Independent School District Stadium and Community Event Center, one of the most expensive high school stadiums in the country.
The announcement came as a late change, as the game was originally scheduled to be played in Kansas City. Renovations to the playing surface called for a change, and McKinney submitted a bid to fill in as a host.
The D-II football committee discussed possible venues, and developed a list of criteria for replacement hosts.
“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,” D-II football committee chair Reid Amos told Texasfootball.com. “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 McKinney ISD Stadium opened this fall, despite cracks that had been discovered by district staff. The cracks were not deemed to be a safety concern.