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Re: Championship moves to Houston in 18,19 Canton in 20,21
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2017, 02:52:36 pm »
Salem, Va population: 24,000
Greater Roanoke Valley population: 300,000

The Woodlands, TX population 110,000
Harris County population 4,100,000
Montgomery County population 566,000
The stadium is just outside Harris County

This also gives The Stagg Bowl a presence in what will eventually be the third largest city in the USA. Plenty of hotel space and restaurants. George Bush International Airport 20 minutes away. Being a local, I'll be interested to see how this event will be promoted in the upcoming months.

What?  You can play that population numbers thing with just about any metro area.  I'd say Houston is 10 or 12th largest in this country - and I visit all of the major cities with regularity for work.

OH and TX have their love for football - I think the NCAA is counting on that. 
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Re: Championship moves to Houston in 18,19 Canton in 20,21
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2017, 04:34:53 pm »
Salem, Va population: 24,000
Greater Roanoke Valley population: 300,000

The Woodlands, TX population 110,000
Harris County population 4,100,000
Montgomery County population 566,000
The stadium is just outside Harris County

This also gives The Stagg Bowl a presence in what will eventually be the third largest city in the USA. Plenty of hotel space and restaurants. George Bush International Airport 20 minutes away. Being a local, I'll be interested to see how this event will be promoted in the upcoming months.

What?  You can play that population numbers thing with just about any metro area.  I'd say Houston is 10 or 12th largest in this country - and I visit all of the major cities with regularity for work.

OH and TX have their love for football - I think the NCAA is counting on that.
Houston is now 5th.  I really doubt they get more than a couple hundred locals going to the game.  The FCS championship doesn't draw many locals in Dallas. 

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Re: Championship moves to Houston in 18,19 Canton in 20,21
« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2017, 12:06:51 am »
The FCS championship doesn't draw many locals in Dallas.

Do you have a source for this?
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Re: Championship moves to Houston in 18,19 Canton in 20,21
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2017, 09:42:49 am »
The FCS championship doesn't draw many locals in Dallas.

Do you have a source for this?
Myself?  Went to the 2011 championship and have watched every game since then.  Here's the 2014 crowd:

 Not too many neutral colors in the stadium.  Of course there might be more locals if there were more tickets available and they were cheaper.  I think it would be cool to get a lot of locals out to fill up the stands but if I'm a player I mainly care about how many of my friends and family were able to come.
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Re: Championship moves to Houston in 18,19 Canton in 20,21
« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2017, 09:58:36 am »
Attendance in Frisco for FCS Championship is actually pretty interesting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NCAA_Division_I_Football_Championship#Champions

This year and the first year are the obvious exceptions to near sold out games, and those years perfectly correlate to the games without ND State. Capacity is listed at 20,500, so it's pretty clear it was close to a sell-out every year ND State was there, but the two years ND State didn't attend, attendance was significantly lower. I think construction cut 4000 seats off the max number this year, but even still it didn't sell out. So there is a conclusion to be drawn that without a team like ND State, which travels very, very well, the attendance isn't overwhelming. That is a fairly clear indication that local demand is not that high. But we only have 2 out of 7 occurrences on which to base that.

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Re: Championship moves to Houston in 18,19 Canton in 20,21
« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2017, 12:21:39 pm »
Salem, Va population: 24,000
Greater Roanoke Valley population: 300,000

The Woodlands, TX population 110,000
Harris County population 4,100,000
Montgomery County population 566,000
The stadium is just outside Harris County

This also gives The Stagg Bowl a presence in what will eventually be the third largest city in the USA. Plenty of hotel space and restaurants. George Bush International Airport 20 minutes away. Being a local, I'll be interested to see how this event will be promoted in the upcoming months.

What?  You can play that population numbers thing with just about any metro area.  I'd say Houston is 10 or 12th largest in this country - and I visit all of the major cities with regularity for work.

OH and TX have their love for football - I think the NCAA is counting on that.

I can't speak for Texas, but I'm comfortable in saying the locals will support the Stagg Bowl in Canton regardless of the participants.  Yes, it would be an obvious success if Mount or another local team was playing, but NE Ohio and Western PA has a huge D3 presence and it should pull fans from many regional D3 teams simply because of the novelty of having the Stagg so close.  And the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a draw too.
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