The NCAA Division I Football Championship committee has revealed the 14 predetermined preliminary round sites for this year’s Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The designation of predetermined sites will have no bearing on the teams selected to participate in the playoff field. Due to the health and safety protocols surrounding the pandemic, it was deemed necessary to use predetermined sites. Of the 14 sites, eight will host first-round games. Twelve of the sites will be in contention to host the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds.
- Newark, Delaware – Delaware
- Cheney, Washington – Eastern Washington
- Jacksonville, Alabama – Jacksonville State
- Harrisonburg, Virginia – James Madison
- Kennesaw, Georgia – Kennesaw State
- Orono, Maine – Maine
- Springfield, Missouri – Missouri State
- Murray, Kentucky – Murray State
- Grand Forks, North Dakota – North Dakota
- Fargo, North Dakota – North Dakota State
- Huntsville, Texas – Sam Houston
- Brookings, South Dakota – South Dakota State
- Villanova, Pennsylvania – Villanova
- Ogden, Utah – Weber State
“We are excited for the upcoming championship and thankful to the hosts of this year’s sites,” said Kyle Moats, chair of the committee and director of athletics at Missouri State University. “Given the unique circumstances of this football season, the committee believes the predetermined sites and hosts chosen will provide both a safe and enjoyable environment for all our participants. An exceptional student-athlete experience is one of our top priorities and we are confident that our hosts will make this year’s championship memorable for all involved.”
Participating teams will be revealed during the selection show on Sunday, April 18, at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPNU. The 2020 championship field will consist of 11 automatic qualifiers and five at-large teams. The first round starts Saturday, April 24 and concludes with the national championship game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. ET on ABC.