Northwest Missouri, Washburn will resume Fall Classic football game at Arrowhead Stadium

07/02/2014 11:47 AM

07/02/2014 6:16 PM

The Fall Classic will continue at Arrowhead Stadium with a new matchup.

Northwest Missouri State will play Washburn on Nov. 15. The kickoff time is to be determined.

Starting in 2002 and continuing to 2013, the Bearcats played Pittsburg State at Arrowhead. That matchup will return to campus this year, starting in Maryville, Mo.

Northwest’s new opponent in Kansas City will be the Ichabods, who finished 8-3 last season and were ranked as high as No. 8 in Division II. Washburn has recorded 10 straight winning seasons.

The teams also will meet at Arrowhead in 2015. Tickets are $10 for students, $25 for lower level and $37 for club level. For groups of 15 or more, tickets are $20 each.

Northwest, the defending Division II national champion, was 9-3 in Fall Classic games against Pittsburg State. Seven of those games attracted more than 20,000 fans. Four times the winner of the Classic went on to win the NCAA championship.

Pittsburg State wanted to return the game against Northwest to campus as a nod to the community. The city of Pittsburg contributed $5 million toward a $13 million indoor events center that’s expected to be completed next year.

“Schools have great relationships with their communities,” Pittsburg State athletic director Jim Johnson said. “But that may be at a different level here. At the end of the day, playing that game here every other year is a big deal for us and the community.”

Staying in Kansas City was a priority for Northwest.

“Getting a chance to continue playing at Arrowhead was extremely important to our players, our program and our fans,” Bearcats coach Adam Dorrel said in a release. “There are so many positives from our end to continue playing in Kansas City, and we made it a priority during the offseason to return this year.”

Northwest has about 9,000 alumni in Kansas City, and Washburn about 5,300.

The Fall Classic will be the third college football event at Arrowhead this season.

Lincoln University will play Langston on Sept. 6 in the Missouri Classic.

The NAIA Gridiron Challenge on Oct. 11 will match MidAmerica Nazarene and Missouri Valley in the afternoon and Baker and Benedictine in the evening.

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlairKerkhoff.

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