If there’s one thing Texas knows, it’s football. So it’s no surprise that when the NCAA decided to change the location of its annual Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, it turned to the Lone Star State to host its Division III football championship.
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College football fans will head to Shenandoah, Texas, for the 2019 Stagg Bowl game. The top two teams of the 32-team Division III playoffs will face off on the gridiron on Dec. 20, 2019, at Woodforest Bank Stadium, a nationally recognized sports venue that seats 10,000 fans.
To kick off this year’s championship game, fans can sport their team colors at the city’s Stagg Bowl FanFest Tailgate Party on Dec. 20. In true Texas fashion, you’ll find barbecue and country music at this pregame party, as well as Christmas-themed longhorn for photo ops and other family-friendly entertainment options and vendors.
In addition to tailgating, those visiting for this fun football weekend can experience more of this small Texas town’s charm. Not only are you just 40 minutes from Houston, the fourth-largest city in the U.S., but locally, Shenandoah boasts plenty of shopping, outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking, and the local food scene is definitely worth exploring. With approximately 50 restaurants, you’re bound to find something to please your palate, and restaurants options include everything from Southern comfort food to a high-end, white linen steakhouses, and that includes a number of restaurants that are open for breakfast and Sunday brunch as well.
Last year’s championship game in Shenandoah was the first time the Stagg Bowl had been played west of the Mississippi River and the first time in 25 years it had been played outside of Salem, Va., which had hosted the game since 1993. Also, last year and this year, Texas has the incredible good fortune to host all three NCAA Football Championships (Division I; Division II and Division III).
While Shenandoah may be a new destination for the Stagg Bowl, it isn’t the first time the town has hosted a major sporting event. In 2017, the NCAA hosted its Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Conroe Independent School District Natatorium. Conroe ISD is the 11th-largest school district in Texas and 65th-largest district in the U.S., so both Woodforest Bank Stadium and Natatorium are well equipped venues to host large sports events.
The 2019 Stagg Bowl is just around the corner, so be sure to purchase your tickets early to get your $5 Early Bird savings (prices go up by $5 on Dec. 1). Also, click on the following links to learn more about this year’s event or to book your stay at one of Shenandoah’s many hotels.