Tickets to Go on Sale at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, for 2009 NAIA Championship Game

September 24, 2009 - Tickets for the 2009 Russell Athletic-NAIA Football National Championship will be on sale beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The 54th annual championship game will be played at 12 noon on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Historic Barron Stadium in downtown Rome.

Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase from The Forum by calling (706) 291-5281, (800) 858-7601, or visiting

Also available are tickets for other championship events, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Champions of Character Breakfast, which will be held Thursday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. at the Forum, and the NAIA Banquet of Champions, which will be held Friday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Forum. Tickets for these events are $25 for an individual or $200 for a table (seats 8).

The 2009 game marks the continued partnership between the NAIA Host Committee and the game’s title sponsor Russell Athletic. Russell Athletic is a subsidiary of Fruit of the Loom, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company, with principle offices and manufacturing locations in Atlanta and Alexander City, Ala. For more than 100 years, Russell Athletic has supplied America’s athletes and teams with the latest innovations to help them perform at their best and is a leading supplier of team uniforms at the high school, college, and professional level.  

“Russell Athletic is a perfect fit for the NAIA football championship, and we are excited to welcome them back for the 2009 game,” said Host Committee co-chair and Shorter College Athletic Director Bill Peterson. “Russell Athletic’s investment in last year’s game was a vital boost to elevating the status of this championship event, and we greatly appreciate their partnering with us.”

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has sponsored football since 1956, when its first championship in the sport was held in Little Rock, Ark. Currently 90 NAIA institutions sponsor the sport of football. Only 16 teams will qualify for postseason play. The two teams vying for the national championship title must advance through first round, quarterfinal and semifinal competition leading up to the championship game in mid-December.

For more information on plans for the 2009 championship game as well as highlights of the 2008 game, visit


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