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FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The FCS championship game will keep being played at a professional soccer stadium in North Texas through at least 2020.
The NCAA and the city of Frisco announced a four-year extension Friday, the day before the title game is played at the 20,500-seat home of MLS team FC Dallas for the sixth consecutive season.
NCAA officials said the game has averaged more than 19,000 fans the past years seasons in Frisco. They anticipate a possible record crowd Saturday when North Dakota State goes for its fifth consecutive FCS championship against Jacksonville State.
The game was played in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from 1997-2009. Before that, it was in Huntington, West Virginia, from 1992-96 after being played in seven different cities from 1978-91.
"The Division I Football Championship Game has been a world-class event for the past five years," said Tennessee Tech athletic director Mark Wilson, chairman of the NCAA Division I football championship committee. "The committee has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from all of our past participants and countless fans. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the city of Frisco, Hunt Sports Ventures and the Southland Conference."
Toyota Stadium, which opened in 2005, is about to undergo a $39 million improvement project that will include new locker rooms.
That project will include construction of the new U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame and Museum, a planned 24,000-square-foot museum that will become home to memorabilia and trophies such as the Women's World Cup, Gold Cup and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophies.