Division II championship game leaving Alabama

The Division II football championship game is leaving Alabama

after 28 years.

The NCAA announced Wednesday that the game will move to Kansas

City, Kan., starting next season.

Florence has hosted the championship game since 1985 with the

last set for Dec. 21.

It is the second-longest continuous period for any NCAA

championship venue, behind the College World Series in Omaha,


Kansas City will host the games from 2014-17.

The championship had been played in five different locations

under four bowl names in its first 13 years. It was renamed the

NCAA Division II Football Championship Game when Florence won the

bidding to host.