War Memorial Stadium to host national junior college football championship in 2021 through 2023
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), along with the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Arkansas Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, announced Friday (April 30) that Little Rock will be the location of the 2021, 2022, and 2023 NJCAA Football Championships at War Memorial Stadium.
The postponed 2020-2021 NJCAA Football Championship is slated for June 5, 2021. The championship will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network and is scheduled to kick-off at 4:00 p.m.
“The NJCAA cannot think of a better place than Little Rock to host the upcoming football championships for our dedicated fans and student-athletes,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA President and CEO. “War Memorial Stadium’s iconic facility and atmosphere align with our mission to provide opportunities and the best overall experience possible. We look forward to having our championship in a destination city like Little Rock.”
The last NJCAA Football Championship was held at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg, Kansas in December 2019. The 2020 season was postponed and moved to the 2020-21 spring season due to COVID-19.
“We look forward to the NJCAA National Championship games coming to historic War Memorial Stadium to join a long tradition of classic football competitions,” said Stacy Hurst, Arkansas Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary. “The economic impact of events like these is substantial and always benefits central Arkansas. At the same time, we’re proud to showcase our improved stadium and allow these football fans to experience some great Arkansas hospitality.”
Completed in 1948, War Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 54,000 fans.
“We are excited to be partnering with the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism in welcoming the 2021-2023 NJCAA Football Championships to the iconic War Memorial Stadium in the heart of Little Rock,” said Gretchen Hall, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO. “As we begin to bring group business back, being able to host this prestigious national program for three consecutive years and showcase our destination is a huge win for the city.”