Division II Championship Committee Needs Ticket Sales For Competitive Bid

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - The right to host the Division II national championship is up for grabs.  The game has been played in the Shoals for nearly three decades.

A Shoals National Championship committee has just a few days left to get the best bid together.

Organizers say individual ticket sales are lagging.

“Everybody`s heard about it, their support is up to them, what they do for us is all about what they want to do,” said Shoals National Championship committee chairman, Mitch Dobbins.

In order to fill Braly Stadium for the game, the Shoals National Championship committee must commit to sell 4,000 tickets to have a competitive bid.

Florence mayor, Mickey Haddock says that shouldn't be a problem if people step up.

“You can`t depend on the teams coming to play here, to fund the championship,” said Haddock.

Mayor Haddock says nearly 150 thousand fans come out every week to watch high school football.  So he hopes football fans will make a pledge now, to make sure the championship game is here for the next four years.

“We have to convince each other we will support the game, and we will support the game by buying tickets,” said Haddock.

The tickets are $20 each when purchased early.  The price goes up to $25 each during the week of play-offs.

Organizers say there's a lot to lose for the Shoals area if this bid goes to another community.

You can fill out a pledge card, available at the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, or pledge your support online.

Organizers want the ticket pledges by this Friday.  No money is due at this time.