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NAIA Football Championship

NAIA logoThe City of Daytona Beach and the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome NAIA Football National Championship Game
Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 6 p.m.

For the third 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 17, 2016, 6 p.m. at the 10,000-seat Municipal Stadium operated by the City of Daytona Beach. This game will mark the final annual game of a three-year agreement to host NAIA’s national championship game.  Ironically, the championship games in 2014 and 2015 featured the same teams - Southern Oregon and Marian (Indiana), with Southern Oregon - with each team winning a championship. 

Hotel information
Special rates have been negotiated at three host/fan hotels in the Daytona Beach area to accommodate fans. These oceanfront hotels are:
     Hilton Daytona Beach Resort (Rooms priced at $99/night, please use the code NAIAFN when booking)
     Best Western Aki Tiki Inn (Rooms $89/night or oceanfront for $109/night. To book a room, 
     call 1(866)734-7746 and identify yourself as an NAIA fan)
     Bahama House (Rooms range in price from $89-$108/night depending on amenities. To book a room,
     call 1(888)687-1894 and identify yourself as an NAIA fan)

High School Football Combine
Register for Sun Conference High School Football Combine, by clicking here and scrolling to "Youth Athletic" section and selecting the event's link.
  
Broadcast information
This year’s game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN3.  Find NAIA on Facebook

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. "The NAIA is extremely excited about year-three in Daytona Beach," said Austin Bennett, NAIA Associate Director of Championship Events. "The city and CVB rolled out the red carpet the first two years,  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 and 2015.

“The City of Daytona Beach and our partners provided a first-class experience for everyone involved – from the coaches, student athletes, fans and our community – for the first two years 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 2016 even better.”

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.