Catherine Ross, NBC 5 Collin County Reporter
Frisco is putting its best foot forward in hopes of landing a long-term deal with the NCAA FCS Football Championship at FC Dallas Stadium.
The hosts of the Football Championship Subdivision championship say they hope the title game will continue to be played in Frisco.
"We think this is the home for this game now," said Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, which hosts the game with the city of Frisco and the Hunt Sports Group.
In January, the NCAA Division I Football Championship between North Dakota State and Sam Houston State attracted a record sellout crowd of more than 20,000.
But next year's title game could be the last time the championship is played at FC Dallas Stadium. The partners' three-year contract with the NCAA expires in 2013.
"I'm of a firm belief that what we're doing this year is really about this year and the year after," Burnett said.
He and city leaders want to sign a long-term deal. Earlier this year, a group called "Team Frisco" traveled to Indianapolis to present their case to the NCAA.
Mayor Maher Maso said the meeting was about planning for the future.
"It was more about, 'OK, what do we do next?'" he said. "It's not about 'Should be looking at other places?' It was about, 'How do we work together and make it even a bigger and better event?'"
Maso said Collin County sees economic benefits by hosting the game, with tens of thousands of fans spending money in local businesses. In January, most hotels around the stadium were booked to capacity.
"There's been a lot of benefit in Collin County and surrounding areas," Burnett said.
Maso also said that securing the FCS title game is an integral part of a sports network the city is trying to grow.
Tickets for the 2013 NCAA Division I Football Championship will be on sale later this summer.