Football National Championship

National Championship Host Manual  |  Host Requirements |  Site Survey & Bid Form

Event Name:

NAIA Football National Championship


Seeking Site For:

2017 and 2018


Bid Deadline:

June 1, 2016


Rights Fee/Team Travel:

$30,000 & Host is additionally responsible for both team's travel costs

Time of Year:

Mid December


Days of the Week:

Thursday - Saturday


Number of Teams:



Estimated Number
of Participants & Fans:

2 teams (60-75 players, coaches and trainers each)
3000 - 8000 fans


Facility Requirements:

A stadium type facility with a seating capacity of 5000 minimum and a synthetic playing surface.  The field width shall be 80 yards and the length shall be 120 yards. The facility must contain an elevated press box that can house between 50 and 75 people with electric power and phone lines, while being able to accommodate television staging and talent, as well as an Instant Replay System.  This press box must have closed off coaches' rooms, PA system and controls to electronic scoreboard.  The facility must have platforms for TV cameras on the same side as the press box.  Camera platforms should ideally be located between the 35 and 40 yard lines on both sides of the 50 yard line.  Goal post must be collegiate and/or professional in dimensions.

Practice facilities must be available for the two days prior to the championship that contain the same playing surface as the championship game field.  This is preferable but not mandatory.


Hotel Requirements:

Centralized properties capable of accommodating several meetings and a banquet for 300-400 people


Average Length of Stay:

4 nights


Room Block Needed:

200 per night divided between 3 hotels


Room Rate:

The price range is $70 - $90, no matter room occupancy


Hotel Pre-Registration:

The NAIA will be responsible for making team, officials, media and staffing reservations, team hotel assignments and arrangements for paying for rooms with the hotel.



Austin Bennett, Championship Event Manager

Event History:


2008-13: Barron Stadium, Shorter College, Rome/ Floyd County
1998-07 Jim Carroll Stadium, Team Hardin County, Hotel - Pickwick Inn