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Around FCS: Serious competition for FCS title game

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - For the past 12 years, there has been a symmetry to the NCAA Division I Football Championship. We have all grown used to showing up in Chattanooga, TN. the week before Christmas to watch the final game of the Football Championship Subdivision season.

We already know that 2009 is the final season for the 16-team playoffs and the calendar as it is currently constructed. The playoffs expand to 20 teams and an extra week of games in 2010.

That extra week will force the semifinals to the weekend before Christmas on Dec. 17-18 and the national title game will be moved to January and will be played the evening before the BCS championship contest.

But the big question at this point is where the FCS championship game will be played?

The bid process for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 championship games reached an important crossroads on Tuesday with the NCAA deadline for turning in bid packages.

The NCAA is not releasing the names of the cities who have placed bids at this point, but at least five communities have announced they are involved in the process. And there could be others.

AND THE BIDDERS ARE

At this time, we know that Chattanooga, Frisco, TX., Little Rock, AK., Missoula, MT. and Spokane, WA. have turned in bids, making the process more competitive than it has been in some time.

The last time there were open bids in the mid-2000s, Chattanooga, Cedar Falls, IA. and San Antonio, TX. all threw their hats into the ring. Cedar Falls wanted to play the game at Northern Iowa's UNI Dome, while San Antonio was pushing the 65,000-seat Alamodome.

The NCAA Division I football committee decided, wisely, to keep the game in Chattanooga, where it has resided since 1997, and the event has experienced one of its most productive periods of growth since.

But for the first time since winning the championship, Chattanooga may face some serious competition from several new bidders.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the cities we know have placed bids:

CHATTANOOGA, TN.

It took some time for the title game to gain traction with local fans, who have grown used to the ineptitude of the Tennessee-Chattanooga program. Three consecutive championship appearances by Appalachian State helped the event set attendance records and created a buzz that had previously been missing from the community.

Finley Stadium is a modern, 20,668-seat facility with solid support facilities and close proximity to downtown hotels and restaurants. Chattanooga also has an easy-to-use public transportation system.

It is a family-friendly town with a world-class aquarium and numerous other museums and attractions. It is also near a number of battle sites from the War Between The States.

The downtown area has thrived and grown significantly since the city embarked on a series of redevelopment projects, beginning in the early 1990s.

Since changing from natural grass to a field turf surface in 2005, Finley Stadium has provided near-perfect playing conditions.

Weather has been mild for most of the championship games, though a couple of the contests have been hampered by rain and the 2003 game between Delaware and Colgate featured snow flurries at kickoff time. But weather is likely to be somewhat colder for a game that will be played in January, instead of December.

The lone drawback for Chattanooga is the lack of a major airport in the community. The local airport, while very accessable and easy to use, doesn't have an abundance of cheap flights, forcing many game attendees to flight into Atlanta, GA., or Nashville, TN., both two hours away.

One of the strengths of Chattanooga is that it lies near the middle of most FCS teams geographically. It is a fairly easy day's drive for fans of teams from most of the FCS conferences.

The media involvement in the game has grown to a nice level over the years, with local outlets truly treating the game as a major event.

FRISCO, TX.

This bid is a stunning one from a group headed by the city, the Southland Conference and the Hunt Sports Group (i.e., the Texas oil family that owns the Kansas City Chiefs, as well as FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer). Clark K. Hunt, the son of Lamar Hunt, heads up this savvy sports organization.

Should this group win the game, it would be played at the state-of-the-art 23,500-seat Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. The stadium hosts FC Dallas soccer games on its natural grass surface, as well as high school football games and numerous other events.

The stadium has hosted a couple of MLS Cups thus far, so the organizational structure should be strong from the group.

Located just 25 miles north of Dallas, there are two major airports nearby, with Dallas-Forth Worth serving as a hub for several airlines. With the Metroplex among the top 10 metropolitan areas in America, there is little limit to the non-football activities available.

The area near to Frisco is a burgeoning community that is very self-contained in its own right, for fans wanting to say near the site of the game.

There isn't really a track record for FCS in this area and the Dallas-Fort Worth media has been lukewarm to this level of football in the past. For example, a classic game between Grambling and Prairie View that was expected to be one of the most important in the SWAC this season, went by at the Cotton Bowl with little media attention.

The nearest FCS school is several hours away, so it will likely be harder to sell tickets here, unless there is great community involvement. But should a Southland Conference team advance to the championship game, it is likely to attract a big crowd.

The stadium, ironically, is within the shadows of the Southland Conference offices and features all sorts of practice and other support facilities.

One positive is that this site would make for a true neutral site for the game, something the championship game hasn't had since 1985-86 in Tacoma, WA.

With the money and organizational structure in place, this bid might be the most serious alternative to Chattanooga yet.

LITTLE ROCK, AK.

A growing community with improving infrastructure, Little Rock would prove to be an intriguing site for a championship game.

Central Arkansas, which is the insitution backing this bid, is located less than a half-hour away from Little Rock in Conway, AK.

War Memorial Stadium is an historic venue that has hosted some of the greatest Arkansas football games over the years. It has also been used for games featuring UCA and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

It is also used for concerts and other types of acitivities.

The facility, which is in need of some sprucing up, seats 53,727 seats. It was built in 1948 and has undergone much expansion and changes in surface over the years. In 2006, a field turf surface was installed.

There are plenty of activities to interest fans in this state capitol and it is easy to travel around the city. Other strengths to this bid are the facts that it is a neutral site for FCS teams and it is centrally located to many FCS schools.

On the downside, there are somewhat limited flight available to the Little Rock airport, though fans could also fly to Memphis, which is located a couple of hours away.

Weather is normally more mild here than in many winter locations, though there is an occasional snow or ice storm.

Arkansas has been media mad for the Arkansas Razorbacks over the years, so it would be interesting to see if the local media would truly get behind a championship game featuring FCS teams.

MISSOULA, MT.

It is hard to think that Missoula, MT. has much of a chance. There is no doubt that Washington-Grizzly Stadium is a fantastic facility, though the current press box isn't up to championship-game standards.

This gorgious stadium has a current capacity of 25,203 seats and is still being expanded. Montana also has the reputation for having one of the loudest, if not the loudest stadium in FCS. The Grizzlies have finished first or second in season and average attendance for over a decade.

But playing a championship game in a northwestern city, where snow, ice and low temperatures often occur isn't the best of ideas for a game moving to January.

There would also be the strong possibility of creating the biggest home-field advantage for the title game since Marshall hosted the contest in Huntington, W.V. from 1992-96.

There currently are no indoor practice facilities in Missoula, either, which would make tricky weather even more of an issue for teams coming into the area to play.

The surface used to be grass, which often became frozen dirt later in the season, but Washington-Grizzly Stadium now features a fine field turf surface.

While travel around Missoula is easy, with shuttles from the hotels to the stadium and there are plenty of great restaurants and other activities, getting there isn't such a breeze.

There are limited and expensive flights into the small, local airport and small airports at other Montana airports are also difficult. Some people choose to fly into Spokane, WA. to get to Missoula, but prices there are not that much cheaper and you still have a two-hour drive to get to the championship site.

Most people who have made the trip to Montana come back raving about the friendliness of the local people and the hospitality of Washington-Grizzly Stadium, but it will be hard for Missoula to overcome the weather factor and the difficult travel.

The media in Montana has been firmly supportive of Montana Grizzly and Montana State Bobcat football through the years and a championship event in Missoula would hold the state very attentive.

SPOKANE, WA.

Of all of the known bids, this one would seem to be the biggest longshot. Eastern Washington, located just a few miles away in Cheney, WA., is sponsoring the bid from an institutional level.

Joe Albi Stadium has hosted Washington State, Idaho and Eastern Washington events over the years, but hasn't been used for many events in some time. It was also the one-time home of the now-defunct Spokane Shadow professional soccer team.

At one time, the mayor of Spokane supported razing the facility and selling the land to a real estate developer, but the stadium was finally spared. It serves now as an occasional home for EWU, some high school games and many high school playoff games.

The stadium was built in 1950 and definitely shows some age, but it has a field turf surface that was installed in 2006 and seats 28,646 fans.

Spokane features plenty of activities and restaurants to support such an event, but the city isn't near very many other FCS schools and travel to this location isn't as convienent as some of the other bid cities. Seattle is a good city to fly into, but it is located 220 miles away from Spokane.

Weather is milder than some might think, but Spokane does occasionally get large snow storms, like it did when a blizzard hit before the 2008 national championship game.

That blizzard caused many Montana fans to get snowed in at the airport as they tried to travel to Chattanooga for the title game against Richmond.

How well that the local media would be involved in a game of this caliber is hard to say. Being that it is right in the heart of Washington State and Pac-10 territory, getting a media foothold could be difficult.

SUMMING THINGS UP

The NCAA football committee and staff will spend the next month analyzing the bids and going through a comment period with the bidders before selecting finalists.

Once the list is cut down to finalists, the NCAA will conduct site visits. Finalists will attend the 2009 championship game in Chattanooga before making official presentations at the NCAA offices in Indianapolis, IN. in February.

The football committee is expected to make a recommendation to the executive committee by early March.

Whatever happens, better competition should make the final location of the game even better as the NCAA Division I Football Championship continues to grow.

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