Coming Back to Durham

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 31, 2010

HAMPTON, Va. — The 2010 CIAA Football Championship Game will be played in Durham on Saturday, November 13. This will mark the third consecutive year the event has been played at Durham County Stadium. The Championship Game kicks off at 1:00 p.m.

“We look forward to our premier football event returning to Durham.

Without question, the 2010 season is one of the most exciting in CIAA history,” Commissioner Leon Kerry said. Last season, Fayetteville State defeated Bowie State, 21-10, in a last minute come from behind victory. Fayetteville State was subsequently invited to participate in the NCAA Division II Playoffs and fell in the first round. This season, Shaw and St. Augustine’s will be battling until the final regular season weekend for the Southern Division Title. Last weekend’s win by the Bears sets up a regular season ending showdown next Saturday against the Falcons the Southern Division title and a berth in the title game at stake. Virginia State controls its destiny in the Northern Division with Bowie State still in the hunt. “The City of Durham is thrilled to again host the CIAA Football Championship,” said City of Durham Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell. “We are honored that the CIAA has chosen Durham as the host for its Championship Game and we look forward to welcoming the schools, the players, and the fans to our wonderful community.” Since the Divisional Format was put in place in 2000, CIAA regular season attendance has continued to grow. Simultaneously, the Championship Game (revived in 2000) has grown into one of football’s most anticipated events. Exciting events are planned including the Food Lion-CIAA Tailgater of the Year contest where the winner (anyone can enter who comes to the game) will be recognized on the field at halftime.

Also, the best college organization that tailgates at the game will be recognized at halftime as well by Food Lion. Fans may also visit Nationwide Insurance’s booth outside of the stadium on game day to register to win tickets to the 2011 CIAA Basketball Tournament. “We have an exciting game planned with plenty to do for the entire family,” said Championship Game Director Jeffrey McLeod. “All football fans should come to the CIAA Football Championship and enjoy one of the most exciting games of the season, the halftime battle of the bands and all of the great events we have planned.”