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NAIA Football Championship
The City of Daytona Beach and the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome NAIA Football National Championship Game
Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 6 p.m.

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For the second year, Daytona Beach will host the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football National Championship game in December.  The title contest will be played on Saturday, December 19, 2015, 6 p.m. at the 10,000-seat Municipal Stadium operated by the City of Daytona Beach. This game will mark the second annual game of a three-year agreement to host NAIA’s national championship game.  The championship game in 2014 featured an offensively explosive game between Southern Oregon and Marian (Indiana), with Southern Oregon winning by a score of 55-31.

Ticket information
Tickets are available for online purchase from Ticketmaster. Tickets are $20 per adult, $10 per student and free to children under 12 years old.

New sponsor announced for 2015 game
NAIA logo 2015Waste Pro as a title sponsor for 2015's National Championship Game. "Waste Pro is excited to partner with ‎the City of Daytona Beach to present the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship Game and bring this exceptional group of student athletes to our area," stated Waste Pro Regional Vice President Tim Dolan.

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Longwood, Florida, Waste Pro is the fastest growing, privately owned solid waste company in the Southeastern United States. They served more than 2 million residential and 40,000 commercial customers from over 75 operating locations. 

Broadcast information
This year’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3. 

Economic impact for Daytona Beach
In 2013, the city partnered with the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to secure the marquee event, which will also return in 2016. "The NAIA is extremely excited about year-two in Daytona Beach," said Austin Bennett, NAIA Associate Director of Championship Events. "The city and CVB rolled out the red carpet last year, and we're looking forward to giving another set of student-athletes, coaches and fans a similar experience."

The championship game is projected to realize over $1 million in economic impact and generate 1,000 hotel room stays in the Daytona Beach area. These economic impact thresholds were exceeded in 2014.

“The City of Daytona Beach and our partners provided a first-class experience for everyone involved last year – from the coaches, student athletes, fans and our community – and we look forward to doing the same this year,” said Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick L. Henry. “We want to build on last year’s successful event and make 2015 even better.”

 “This national event shows that Daytona Beach can deliver on a large scale while maintaining a great guest experience for the individual participants and their families,” said Tom Caradonio, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

About Municipal Stadium
Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium, also known as Larry Kelly Field, was built in 1988 and has seen a variety of sporting events during its lifetime. Recently the stadium has undergone $2.3 million in upgrades including the installation of field turf, renovations to its bleachers, locker rooms, press area and a new video board and sound system. The stadium is the home field of NCAA Division I Bethune-Cookman University (Fla.), alongside several local high schools.

About NAIA Football
For more information about the 60th NAIA Football National Championship Game in Daytona Beach, visit http://bit.ly/NAIARaceToDaytona2015. For information about NAIA's football program, visit their webpage.

About the Daytona Beach Area
Discover the new Daytona Beach and its surrounding area, a resurging destination along Florida’s East Coast comprising eight distinct communities. Recognized worldwide for its annual events including Bike Week, Biketoberfest®, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500, Daytona Beach’s famed heritage also claims the headquarters of LPGA and NASCAR -- and is home to Daytona International Speedway, the ‘World Center of Racing.’  With more than 15,000 beds, the destination boasts accommodations for all lifestyles and budgets including resorts, B&Bs, hotels and everything in between.  Visitors can enjoy the quintessential vacation experience beginning with the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, or choose from a surprising list of attractions and cultural venues and a colorful culinary scene.  With 23 miles of world-famous beaches ideal for shelling, swimming and surfing, it is no surprise Daytona Beach was chosen as a Best Florida Attraction and Best Spring Family Break Beach Destination in the Top 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contests sponsored by USA TODAY and was named a top “Summer Affordable Vacation Destination” by TripAdvisor®. To order a complimentary comprehensive Official Visitors Guide or book a stay, visit DaytonaBeach.com. For real-time updates, visit Facebook.com/DaytonaBeach or Twitter.com/DaytonaBeachFun.