FCS Championship moved to Monday night for 2024 season

By Kevin Kelley -

The FCS Championship game has been moved to Monday night for the 2024 season, the NCAA has announced.

The 2024 FCS Championship Game, also known as the NCAA Division I Football Championship, will be played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Monday, Jan. 6, 2025. An exact kickoff time was not announced, but the game will be nationally televised by ESPN.

The move of the FCS Championship to Monday comes following two consecutive seasons of the contest being played on Sunday afternoon directly opposite the NFL.

Earlier this year on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits defeated the Montana Grizzlies, 23-3, to claim their second consecutive FCS Championship victory.

Per Sports Business Journal, television ratings for the 2023 FCS Championship were 1.04 million. That was a three percent decline from the previous season (1.07 million viewers) when the game was also played on a Sunday. The 2021 FCS Championship, the last one to be played on a Saturday, received 1.32 million viewers.

This will mark the 15th-consecutive season that the FCS Championship Game will be played at Toyota Stadium, a venue that has held that name since 2013. The stadium was named Pizza Hut Park during the 2010 and 2011 contests before being named FC Dallas Stadium for the 2012 season.

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114% Much,Much better choice for a Fan of FCS & would like to see increase of more FCS regular season games in future.

This is terrible for both fans attending the game and fans who want to watch the game. What happened to noon on Saturday?

Also, it is going to be frigid, even in Texas, at night, outside, in January.

Smart move—you’re not going to beat the NFL on a Sunday—-and they still got over 1 million viewers for the ’23 Championship Game.

I think that’s the last week of the NFL season and because it is, there won’t be an MNFL game to go against it (obviously, because ESPN is broadcasting the game).

Why is this a bad move? Those that want to attend always find a way to get there; haven’t we seen this with the CFP and their Monday night final? And, the NCAA Basketball Championship has been played on Monday nites forever. Looks like there were 66,000 plus in Glendale for that one.

The ones that complain are always the ones that watch on TV—they never go to games.

TV is much better than watching it in person now these days it costs hundred & thousands of dollars to watch a Football game these days.

My co-favorite FCS/Small School Prospect in upcoming NFL Draft are Northern Iowa Khristian Boyd should My Bears go after Defensive Tackle & Houston Christian Jalyx Hunt should My Eagles go after Edge Rusher.