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Everything you need to know ahead of Valdosta State's national championship game

Posted at 5:17 PM, Dec 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-13 22:54:37-05

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — The Valdosta State Blazers are back in the Division II football national championship game for the sixth time in program history! ABC 27 has compiled all the things you need to know as the Blazers take on the lone star state.

If you are watching from home, you can see it on ESPNU at 9 p.m. eastern time on Saturday, Dec. 18.

If you are planning to attend in person, see the list below for all the details!

Schedule of Events:

  • Friday Night Pep Rally: Dec. 17, 6 p.m. CT
    • Tupps Brewery: 721 Anderson St., McKinney, TX 75069
  • Pre-Game Tailgate: Dec. 18, 5 p.m. CT
  • National Championship Game Kickoff vs. Ferris State: Dec. 18, 8 p.m. CT
    • McKinney Independent School District Stadium: 4201 S. Hardin Blvd., McKinney, TX 75070

Ticket Information:

  • VSU is the visiting team, so you will want to buy tickets on the visitors' side.
    • Access Code: VISITORNCAA (all caps)
    • To purchase tickets using the code, click here. At the top of the ticket selection area of the page will be a text box that will say: "Enter your access code in order to purchase restricted tickets for this event.". Enter the provided code into the text box and click the "Find Tickets" button. If the code is valid, a list of available ticket choices, both reserved seating, and general admission tickets, will be revealed. From there, you will be able to select the type of ticket you would like to purchase. If you would like to purchase reserved seats, you can click on the "Buy Reserved Seats" button to select available seats from a seating chart.

Traveling to Texas?

There are two ways to cheer on the Blazers in person.

  • Option 1: Fly or drive on your own. You can book your own flight from your choice of location or drive your own path to Texas.
  • Option 2: Ride with VSU buses. Valdosta State has two charter buses heading to and from McKinney, Texas for the National Championship game.
    • `Bus 1: Departs Valdosta, Ga. at 1 a.m. on Dec. 18 / Departs McKinney, Texas at 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 19. / Arrives back in Valdosta, Ga. at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.
    • Bus 2: Departs Atlanta, Ga. at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 / Departs McKinney, Texas at 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 19 / Arrives back in Atlanta, Ga. at 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 19
  • Cost:
    • Students cost is $55 + $20 for game ticket = $75 total
    • Faculty/Staff cost is $125 + $20 for game ticket = $145
    • Alumni/and VSU Friends cost is $125 + $20 for game ticket = $145
    • Admission to the Pre-Game Tailgate at the stadium is included with these prices
    • To claim your spot on the charter bus, click here.
  • Bus information:
    • There is a restroom on each bus.
    • There will not be food on the bus, but there will be stops along the way to get food and stretch your legs.
  • Parking information:
    • Cost of parking at McKinney ISD Stadium is $10 per vehicle.

More information on a watch party is coming soon, according to VSU.