Barron Stadium will be the site of two national championship football games in 2013, with both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) football titles being played in Rome this fall.
The NCCAA national football championship game, known as the Victory Bowl, will be played Nov. 23, and will return for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. NCCAA Executive Director Dan Wood also announced that Shorter University will host the association’s outdoor track and field championships for three years.
Brinson Askew Berry partner Bob Berry is serving as co-chairman of the Rome Championships Host Committee.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Rome and Floyd County to host two major sports championship events,” said Berry. “This will have a significant economic impact for our community, and, at the same time, add to our already impressive resume as a community that has the expertise to serve as a host site for championship sports.”
Berry also worked with Shorter University and the Rome Championships Host Committee in 2008, when the groups first successfully bid on the NAIA football championship game.
Rome will host two national football championship games less than a month apart. The Victory Bowl — played between the NCCAA’s top two ranked teams following the regular season — is scheduled for Nov. 23, while Barron Stadium will host the NAIA title game for the last time Dec. 21.