Arrowhead Stadium again will be the site of the annual Fall Classic football game as NCAA Division II champion Northwest Missouri will play Central Missouri.
“When we talk about the student-athlete experience, it doesn’t get better than playing in Arrowhead Stadium,” first-year Northwest coach Rich Wright said. “You can see the excitement on their faces. … Between the efforts from the Chiefs, and each of our universities, it is much more than a game, it has become a showcase for Division II football.”
The Fall Classic will kick off at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 and is a rematch of last year’s game, when Northwest defeated Central 42-17 in front of 15,000-plus fans. Over the past 13 years, the Fall Classic has averaged nearly 20,000 fans per contest.
“The Fall Classic is a tradition that brings exciting football to a venue that has long reminded football fans of a college gameday atmosphere,” Chiefs president Mark Donovan said.
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The Royals will play the Arizona Diamondbacks that same evening at 6:15 p.m. in Kauffman Stadium. Both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadium parking officials promise to maximize efficiency for the Truman Sports Complex doubleheader.
“We want to thank the Royals for their cooperation and coordination to ensure a fun, safe and efficient atmosphere for the players, coaches and fans for both schools,” Donovan said. “We are looking forward to another great Fall Classic match-up between Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri.”
The Bearcats, the away team for this year’s Fall Classic, recorded 15-0 records in 2015 and ’16, while the Mules are coming off a 9-3 regular season and postseason berth.
“The positive response towards last year’s game from our loyal fans, to the players and our recruits made renewing this contract an easy decision,” said eighth-year Central Missouri coach Jim Svoboda. “We look forward to this event with great anticipation and enthusiasm and we hope there is a lot on the line playing the two-time defending champs.”
Tickets will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. July 19. Tickets can be ordered by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, online at ticketmaster.com or at the Arrowhead Stadium ticket office. Prices range from $10 for students to $40, while parking is $15 for cars and $25 for RVs and buses.