McKinney to host 2019 NCAA Division II National Football Championship in December, tickets on sale now

A football team practices on the field at McKinney ISD Stadium
The city of McKinney and McKinney ISD will be hosting the next three NCAA Division II National Football Championships, from 2019-2021. (Courtesy city of McKinney)

The city of McKinney and McKinney ISD will be hosting the next three NCAA Division II National Football Championships, from 2019-2021. (Courtesy city of McKinney)

McKinney is once again hosting this year’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II National Football Championship, and the city announced Nov. 4 that tickets are now on sale.

The 2019 game will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the McKinney ISD Stadium, located at 4201 S. Hardin Blvd, McKinney. Tickets range from $15 for general admission and $20 for reserved seats. The game will also be televised on ESPNU.

Earlier this year, NCAA announced that McKinney would be hosting the 2019-21 NCAA Division II Football Championship games after a successful experience with the 2018 game.

“Hosting the NCAA Division II National Football Championship again is a huge honor for the city of McKinney and presents an unprecedented opportunity for us to welcome the fans of both teams to Texas with our unrivaled hospitality," McKinney Mayor George Fuller said in a city news release.

So far, the teams are unknown, as playoffs to determine who will play in the championship will not begin until Nov. 23.


"I’m excited to see our city have a strong showing of support at this game and look forward to a great game," Fuller said in the release.

The Dec. 21 game is expected to create a large economic impact as visitors dine, lodge and shop in McKinney and its surrounding areas.

Several events are planned to take placethroughout the championship weekend to entertain McKinney residents and visitors.

A Fan Fest celebration will be held from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Tupps Brewery, located at 721 Anderson St., McKinney. This free event will feature a pep rally and musical entertainment, including a battle of the bands, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Also, from Dec. 20-22, an event called Tacos, Tequila and Cerveza will be open to the public and will feature a competition between restaurants for the best taco and drink combo.

In addition, a shopping event will take place downtown Dec. 20; during the event, coupons and shopping specials will be available at participating downtown McKinney businesses.

For more information on these events, the championship game and ticket sales, visit www.d2mckinney.com.
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By Emily Davis

Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.


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