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NCAA looking for new home of D2 title game on three months' notice

The Division II national championship will be played on Dec. 15 and, as of right now, the NCAA does not have a home for the game.

Sporting KC, the Major League Soccer franchise that hosts the Kansas City, Kan.-based game, has announced it will undergo field renovations for Children's Mercy Park, rendering the 18,000-seat stadium unable to host the championship game.

The NCAA has re-opened bids for the 2018 game as well as the 2019-11 Division II title games, which were also previously awarded to Kansas City.

“Our community is disappointed because we look forward to this championship every year,” Kansas City Sports Commission president Kathy Nelson told the Kansas City Star. “We understand the Sporting KC situation when it comes to the field, and that’s extremely important, but the timing is unfortunate.”

Children's Mercy Park has hosted the Division II Championship since 2014. Prior to that, the game was played at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala., from 1986 through 2013.

Texas A&M-Commerce won the most recent Division II national title, its first, knocking off West Florida before a crowd of 4,259 fans in Kansas City.