The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced March 12 it will be returning to McKinney for the next three seasons.
McKinney ISD has been chosen to host the 2019-21 NCAA Division II Football Championship games.
The 2018 championship was held at the MISD Stadium, located at 4201 Hardin Blvd., in December. The association chose to return to McKinney due to a successful experience last year, according to a NCAA news statement.
The Lone Star Conference, a partner of NCAA, will work with MISD for the next three seasons as they prepare to host games on Dec. 21, 2019, Dec. 19, 2020, and Dec. 18, 2021.
“The Lone Star Conference and the city of McKinney performed in an outstanding fashion in hosting the 2018 championship despite having a short window of time for preparation,” Reid Amos, NCAA Division II Football Committee chair, said in the statement. “Combine that local effort with such an outstanding facility and it was an easy decision for the committee to make regarding future championships. … We are looking forward to seeing what the results will be with a full year to prepare each of the next three years in hosting our NCAA Championship event.”
The city of McKinney received a total economic impact of $157,179 from the 2018 championship games.
“We are extremely excited because this championship game brings activity and visitors to McKinney, while also putting McKinney on the national stage as it is broadcasted,” McKinney Mayor George Fuller said.
Fuller said a projected economic impact for the 2019-21 championship has not been determined at this time.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify that McKinney ISD will host championship games from 2019-21.