Fan Guide to the 2019 NAIA Football National Championship Game

Dec 09, 2019 • Athletics, Football
Morningside and Marian football teams
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It's been another exciting year of Morningside Mustang Football. Our fans are an important part of our team and culture. As such, below we have provided information that you may use to be part of the championship game whether you will be at home or traveling to Louisiana.

Morningside Mustangs vs. Marian University Knights
NAIA National Championship Game
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019
Kick-off Time: 6 p.m. CST
Eddie G. Robinson Stadium – Grambling, LA

DEPARTURE FROM SIOUX CITY

The football team will be departing on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to head to Louisiana.
 
To send them off right, please consider participating by:
  • Wearing your Mustangs gear with pride on Tuesday, Dec. 17!
  • Planning to line the streets of Peters Ave. near Olsen Student Center beginning around 9:20 a.m. Bring signs and come ready to cheer. The buses should pass by around 9:30 a.m.

INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE

If you are the parent, family, or loved one of a football player or staff member, please be assured that Morningside will be assisting our players and staff with making the necessary travel arrangements to ensure an excellent championship experience.

Given our task of ensuring the safety, wellness, and travel of our players and staff first and foremost, we are not able to coordinate travel arrangements for anyone outside the team or staff. Family members, friends, and other fans are responsible for making and managing their own travel arrangements. Morningside staff will not be able to assist you outside of the information outlined in this guide, and we request your discretion in contacting staff members to provide you with additional assistance while in Louisiana. Our players and staff need to be focused on the championship game. Thank you for your understanding.

APPAREL

  • Championship Game t-shirts are on their way and will be available through the Morningside Bookstore. We will use social media to announce the arrival of the shirts as soon as they are available.
  • We plan to have championship shirts for sale in Louisiana at the tailgating party (see below).
 

INFORMATION FOR FANS TRAVELING TO LOUISIANA

Please note: At this time, Morningside will NOT be providing any kind of fan or alumni transportation (bus, etc.) from Sioux City to Louisiana. Fans and friends of Morningside will need to be responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to the championship game.

1. For fans who wish to secure air travel to the game

  • Commercial Air Travel: Commercial flights are available. The closest airport to Ruston is Monroe, LA. Transportation from the airport will be required. Fans and families are responsible for their own arrangements and accommodations for commercial air travel and any required ground transportation.

2. Book your hotel

TEAM HOTEL – Please note: space is very limited at the team hotel; fans should expect to book elsewhere
Courtyard By Marriott Ruston
1309 Maxwell Blvd.
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 254-0067

Best Western Plus
1011 Willow Glen Drive
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 224-7499

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
1312 Hospitality Street
Ruston, LA 71270
(318) 232-1230

Sleep Inn and Suites University
106 S. Service Road E
Ruston, LA 71270
318-232-1100

Quality Inn
1951 N. Service Road
Ruston, LA 71270

3. Attend the Rock The Railroad Pep Rally

  • Friday, Dec. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. at:
Railroad Park
101 E Park Ave
Ruston, LA 71270
 

4. Purchase your tickets to the game and parking passes

  • Visit the NAIA website
  • Advance purchase tickets: $30 (+ $2 facility fee charges + 3% credit card processing fee)
  • Day of Game Ticket Purchase: $35 (+ same additional fees), the box office will open at 2 p.m. on game day
  • All tickets are general admission, Morningside will be press box side (west side of the stadium)
  • Parking passes (additional cost):
  • General parking - $15 per vehicle
  • Premium parking - $20 in Lot E
  • Tailgate spot - $80
  • Premium RV spot - $150 (includes hook-ups)
  • Regular RV spot - $100

5. Plan to attend the pre-game tailgate

  • Alumni, friends, and fans are invited to a pre-game tailgate.
  • Location: Eddie G. Robinson Stadium
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Cost: FREE. Those wishing to eat the provided meal may pay $10 for adults or $5 for children 12 and under.

6. Plan to come to the post-game celebration.

  • Regardless of the outcome, a post-game celebration will be held immediately after the championship game in Ruston for alumni, friends, and ALL Mustang fans.

The Venue of Ruston
107 Haddox Rd
Ruston, LA 71270
318-232-7973
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Food provided
Cash bar

7. Check out the Experience Ruston website for information on dining, shopping, events, and more.

INFORMATION FOR FANS NOT TRAVELING TO LOUISIANA

If you will NOT be traveling to Louisiana, here are your options for following the action when the Morningside Mustangs take on Marian University for the NAIA National Championship on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. CST at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium in Grambling, Louisiana.

1. ESPN3

·   ESPN3 is available through many streaming services, or as part of your cable package.

·   Customers with high-speed internet service may have access to ESPN3 programming online at WatchESPN.com.

·   Morningside will not be able to assist you with determining if you have access to ESPN3; instead, you should consult with your internet or streaming provider.

2. Join a watch party

Morningside will be hosting multiple watch parties in Sioux City. We are also working on setting up watch parties in other cities and states. If you would be interested in helping set up a watch party in your city, please contact Shiran Nathaniel.

SIOUX CITY

Bob Roe's North End Zone
4100 Floyd Blvd
Sioux City, IA 51108
712-522-2834

Bob Roe's Point After
2320 Transit Ave
Sioux City, IA 51106
712-276-3689

Bodega 401
401 Pearl St.
Sioux City, IA 51101
712-522-5501

Miles Inn
2622 Leech Ave
Sioux City, IA 51106
712-276-9825

The Wheelhouse Bar and Grill
4501 Southern Hills Dr, Suite 1
Sioux City, IA 51106
712-224-4920 

Eddies Tavern
407 D St.
Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054
712-943-9924

Sgt. Brew Grill and Pub
701 1st St.
Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054
712-823-0261

P’s Pizza House
300 Gold Circle
Dakota Dunes, SD 57049
605-540-0878

HOLSTEIN, IA

Cornerhaus101
101 South Main St
Holstein, IA 51525
712-368-5083
Hosted by owner Jeff Nechkash

WATERLOO, IA

The Other Place (OP)
360 E Ridgeway Ave.
Waterloo, IA 50702
319-287-9400

MINGO, IA

Greencastle Tavern
115 N. Station St.
Mingo, IA 50168
Starts at 5 p.m.
Hometown of #11 Jared Myers

OMAHA, NE

DJ’s Dugout
2102 S 67th St
Omaha, NE 68106
402-933-3533
Arrive at or before 5 p.m. to grab your seat!

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Joe Senser’s Kitchen Bar
4217 American Blvd W
Bloomington, MN 55437
952-835-1191
Hosted by Bruce Forbes

KANSAS CITY, KS

Johnny's Tavern
6765 W 119th St.
Overland Park, KS 66209
913-451-4542

GLENDALE, AZ

Copper Door Bar
13818 N 51st Ave
Glendale, AZ 85306
602-439-3436
Hosted by Gene Ambroson, Ed Johnson ’73 & Chuck Mason ’67

3. Listen on KMNS AM 620

4. Follow the action on live stats or via @msidemustangs on Twitter.

5. Watch local Sioux City media for updates and coverage. 

6. Buy championship gear and other Mustang apparel at the Morningside Bookstore.