published Friday, February 26th, 2010

Chattanooga: Title game headed to Frisco

Chattanooga's run as the home of the NCAA Division I Football Championship game has ended. The NCAA announced Friday that after 13 years at Finley Stadium, the game is headed to Frisco, Texas.

Following presentations in Indianapolis on Thursday by representatives from both Chattanooga and Frisco, the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee voted to move the game to Frisco. The Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet approved the committee's recommendation during a conference call Friday morning.

The Dallas suburb — Frisco is about 30 miles due north of Dallas — will host the next three games at Pizza Hut Park, home of FC Dallas of the MLS. The 23,000-seat stadium opened in 2005.

From the beginning of the bidding process, Frisco was regarded as a frontrunner to land the game because of its picturesque stadium and the high number of large corporations in the Dallas metropolitan area. In addition, Frisco hosted the NCAA men's College Cup, the soccer version of the Final Four, in 2008.

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John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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Frisco is nothing more than a collection of strip centers along the highway leaving Dallas. Chain resturants, massive retail stores, and a faux-coffee houses on every cover at every traffic light. But I'm sure the people of Mizzoula Montana will enjoy it.

Now, it time to get the MOCS in position to play there in a couple of years. I haven't been to a Puzza Hut in 30 years.

February 26, 2010 at 2:34 p.m.
NCAA said...

My family has has traveled to Chattanooga for three times to watch the Championship football game. We wanted to say thankyou for such a great time and all the wonderful people. I will say however, that this past year we were disappointed with our stay at the Chattanoogan. They actually had the restaurant portion CLOSED for a private party, and had a negative attitude toward both Villanova and Montana fans. If the game is ever held in Chattanooga again, we look forward to visiting the city, but will NEVER stay at the Chattanoogan again. They need to get back to the customer service level they once had. Too many people spend far too much money to put up with the arrogant and rude attitude many of us were treated to. The Mariott, Pickles, and many others are simply the best, however. We also thought that the "greeters" at the airport upon departure were wonderful. Handing out candy canes and saying thank you were great. We hope to return to Chattanooga in the future.

February 26, 2010 at 2:46 p.m.
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