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HAAC Announces the Inaugural Gridiron Challenge

June 24, 2014
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By Eric Montogmery, Heart of America Athletic Conference Director of Sports Information and Marketing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference and the Kansas City Chiefs have partnered to present the inaugural Gridiron Challenge at Arrowhead, a football doubleheader to be played on Saturday, October 11 at Arrowhead Stadium.

“The entire Chiefs organization is excited to host the Gridiron Challenge,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “The caliber of teams that will take the field combined with the unique experience that only Arrowhead can offer will make this a great day for these schools, the student-athletes, coaches, and fans. We look forward to this one-of-a-kind day filled with tremendous college football.”

The 2014 matchups of two highly-anticipated contests are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Missouri Valley will square off with MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) in the opener, before Baker (Kan.) faces off with Benedictine (Kan.) in the nightcap.

“The Kansas City Chiefs are providing an amazing opportunity for student-athletes in the NAIA,” Heart of America Athletic Conference Commissioner Lori Thomas said. “These four teams from the Heart of America Athletic Conference are some of the best and to play at Arrowhead Stadium is an experience of a lifetime.”

Tickets for the game will go on sale on Tuesday, June 24 with Jackson County residents having the first opportunity starting at 10:00 a.m. Chiefs season ticket holders will be given access to tickets on Thursday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. Public ticket sale will open on June 26 at 12:00 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, online at or at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office located between Founder’s Plaza and the Hy-Vee Gate on the north side of the stadium. Each school will also begin ticket sales on June 26 and each will have an allotment of tickets to be sold through its respective athletic department.

“We are absolutely thrilled to participate in the Gridiron Challenge,” said Theresa Yetmar, Director of Athletics at Baker. “It’s not often that you can find four Top 25 NAIA teams competing in one venue, let alone one with the storied and rich tradition of Arrowhead Stadium. This will be a unique opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, and fans to showcase our institution and football program.”

General admission tickets prior to the game can be purchased for $18 for adults and $8 for students with a valid I.D. or anyone under the age of 18. Tickets can be purchased at Arrowhead on the day of the games for $20 for adults and $10 for students with valid I.D. or anyone under the age of 18. Tickets for suites can also be purchased and are available through Kellen Begnoche of the Chiefs at (816) 920-4894. Parking will be $15 per cars and $25 for RV/bus parking. Tailgate information can be obtained by contacting Ashley Muffitt at (816) 920-4833 or

Jackson County pre-sale tickets must be purchased in person at the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office. No phone orders will be accepted for this special pre-sale event on June 24. Jackson County taxpayers purchasing tickets must have one form of identification that includes a photo of the purchaser and a 2012 Jackson County, Mo., personal property tax receipt. Spouses residing at the same address will be allowed to purchase tickets, even if the property receipt is in their spouse’s name. The Chiefs will notify Season Ticket Holders via email prior to the sale with instructions on how to participate.

“This is a great opportunity to take the Baker-Benedictine game to an even higher level by playing this rivalry game at Arrowhead Stadium,” said Benedictine head coach Larry Wilcox.

Three of the four teams involved in the games shared the 2013 Heart of America Athletic Conference championship. Baker, Benedictine and Missouri Valley all finished with a record of 8-1 in league play last season, while each team qualified for the 2013 NAIA Football Championship Series. MidAmerica Nazarene has made six postseason appearances in the last seven seasons and won at least a share of three of the past six conference titles. The four participating teams have combined to win or share a total of 38 conference championships and have totaled 46 NAIA postseason appearances.

Ticket Contact Information For Each Institution
Baker – Tyler Price (785) 594-8495 or
Benedictine – Kim Myers (913) 360-7564 or
MidAmerica Nazarene – Molly Brewster (913) 971-3278 or
Missouri Valley – Alumni Relations (660) 831-4006 or

Championship Information

NAIA Football Championship
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