For the first time since 2013, one of the greatest rivalries in Division II football is returning to the home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State will meet in a renewal of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium at noon Saturday, Oct. 12, the Bearcats announced Tuesday.
The rivalry game had been played at home sites each of the past five seasons.
Northwest has played at Arrowhead on other occasions since 2013. After failing to reach terms to play Pittsburg State in Kansas City in 2014, Northwest was scheduled to face Washburn in the regular season finale. Due to a snowstorm, the game was instead moved to Maryville.
Northwest faced Central Missouri State University in Kansas City in 2016 and 2017, winning both contests.
“Anytime you get to play in an NFL venue, it’s special,” Northwest Coach Rich Wright said before the 2017 game. “Then you couple that with the number of people we tend to draw. Bearcat nation rolls pretty deep down there, so we get such great support from our fans and alumni. It really turns into a showcase event.”
Northwest is 11-3 all-time at Arrowhead.
“It’s such a tremendous recruiting tool,” Wright said previously. “It’s a great opportunity to bring recruits into a phenomenal venue and showcase both programs.”
While at Arrowhead, the Fall Classic between Northwest and Pitt drew more than 20,000 fans each year, with 26,695 attending in 2004. The mark stands as the largest attendance of any regular season D-II sporting event.
There aren’t many rivalries with the storied history of the two programs. They have combined to appear in 15 national title games since 1991, with Northwest winning six to Pitt’s two. On four separate occasions, the rivals also met in the postseason after previously playing at Arrowhead.
At least one team has been ranked in the top 10 in 12 of the meetings, including six occasions where both were ranked in the top 10.
Northwest leads the all-time series 27-25.
Information on tickets and parking will be announced at a later date.