Goodbye Florence, Hello Kansas City! NCAA Announces New Host City

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – A strong tradition is coming to an end. After 28 years, the NCAA announced on Wednesday they won`t be returning to Florence after this year`s championship game.

Braly stadium is where all the action happened for the last 28 years. Many memories have been made there by residents and national college teams.

A job well done, according to Mitch Dobbins, the Shoals National Championship Committee Chairman.

“Thousands of student athletics have come through this area. That was really our number one goal. We wanted to treat those students like true champions when they came to Florence,” said Dobbins.

Besides the national recognition, Dobbins says the games also help create a solid financial growth during the month of December.

“It`s a huge economic impact for the month of December. Everything from restaurants, to the dollars that visitor’s pay when they fuel up in our city. It all helps. We are very proud of the 28 years we have been able to host the championship. We are saddened but wish Kansas City the best of luck,” said Dobbins.

The last championship game will be played on Dec. 21 at Braly stadium.

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