There’s no doubt that Texas leads the nation in state-of-the-art high school football stadiums. The newest $70-million marvel is the McKinney ISD Stadium that opened last year and on-short notice hosted the 2018 NCAA Division II national football championship game after Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas couldn’t host the game because of renovations for the Major League Soccer team Sporting KC that calls the stadium home.
Evidently, the NCAA was very happy with McKinney’s performance, which ended with Valdosta State beating Ferris State 49-47, because the 12,000 seat stadium has been chosen as the host site for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Division II National Championship games.
“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,” said NCAA Division II Football Committee chair Reid Amos. “Combine that local effort with such an outstanding facility and it was an easy decision for the committee to make regarding future championships. The efforts of commissioner Jay Poerner of the Lone Star Conference, Shawn Pratt and Jennifer Frazier of McKinney ISD and their tremendous staff were lauded by everyone who attended or was associated with the 2018 championship. 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.”
McKinney ISD Stadium, which is home to McKinney, McKinney North and McKinney Boyd high schools, will host the Division II Football Championship games on Dec. 21, 2019, Dec. 19, 2020, and Dec. 18, 2021.