Monday, November 28, 2016

NAIA Football Teams Look Forward to Warm Holiday Fun in Daytona Beach

Press release submitted by Tonya West, Daytona Beach Area CVB Communications Coordinator


Football Teams Look Forward to Warm Holiday Fun in Daytona Beach
NAIA Football Championship Game, Municipal Stadium, 6 p.m. December 17

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 21, 2016) As the competition narrows, eight teams are hoping to qualify to compete in Daytona Beach for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Football Championship Series (FCS) title. The NAIA Football Championship Game will be at Municipal Stadium Saturday, December 17, at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN-3. Tickets are $20 each and are available through Ticketmaster.

The 2016 quarterfinal pairings were announced Sunday, November 20 and teams will play each other Saturday, November 26 to see who advances further:
2016 NAIA Football Championship Series Quarterfinal Pairings
Saturday, Nov. 26 | Campus Sites | Times TBA
Game 1 – Eastern Oregon (9-2) at Marian (Ind.) (11-0)
Game 2 – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (11-1) at Baker (Kan.) (12-0)
Game 3 – Montana Tech (10-1) at Reinhardt (Ga.) (12-0)
Game 4 – Morningside (Iowa) (10-1) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (10-1)
NAIA fans and families can book their stays now at the official fan hotels by calling each property and requesting the NAIA rate: Bahama House and Best Western Plus Aku Tiki Inn. The official host hotel for the teams is the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, selected for its convenient access to the city’s key visitor areas.

“For the third consecutive year, the NAIA Football National Championship will travel to Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach,” said Alan Grosbach, NAIA manager of communications and sports information. The championship game, hosted by the City of Daytona Beach, the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (DBACVB), and Waste Pro, will stream live beginning at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.”

The 10,000-seat facility, also known as Larry Kelly Field, was named after a beloved mayor.  It has had more than $2 million in recent renovations, including state-of-the-art field turf, locker rooms, press box, lighting, bleachers and a large video scoreboard.

“Congratulations to the eight teams vying for a chance to compete in Daytona Beach!” said Lori Campbell Baker, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s such a festive time of year to be here and it’s our hope the fans, teams and families spend an extra day or two with us to enjoy some warm holiday fun. We can’t wait to have these folks back for another exciting game – and great vacation!”

For ticket information, visit Visitor Guide to the National Championship.
For destination information, visit www.DaytonaBeach.com.
For social sharing, connect with the event on Facebook and Twitter.

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