INDIANAPOLIS — Fort Hays State University received the No. 1 seed in Super Regional 3 of the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs, announced Sunday. With the No. 1 seed, the Tigers receive a bye past the first round and will host a second-round game at Lewis Field Stadium in Hays at 1 p.m. Nov. 25.
Fort Hays State’s opponent will be the winner of the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup in the Super Region. Ferris State (Mich.) is the No. 4 seed and plays host to No. 5 seed Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) on Saturday. Ferris State is 10-1, while Ouachita Baptist is 9-2.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 seed Indianapolis (11-0) hosts No. 7 seed Harding (8-3), while No. 3 seed Ashland (10-1) hosts No. 6 seed Northwest Missouri State (9-2). Both of those games are Saturday.
With the No. 1 seed, Fort Hays State has home field advantage within the Super Region. If the Tigers win Nov. 25, they will host the Super Regional Final on Dec. 2. After that, the NCAA reseeds the national semifinals, so the chosen No. 1 and No. 2 seeds by the NCAA will host national semifinal games Dec. 9. The national championship game is Dec. 16 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., home of Major League Soccer club Sporting KC.
This is Fort Hays State’s first NCAA playoff appearance since 1995 and third overall. Fort Hays State will play its first-ever home game in the NCAA playoffs. In 1993 and 1995, the Tigers went on the road in the opening round of the playoffs and lost both times. In 1993, FHSU lost 37-34 at California-Davis, and in 1995, FHSU lost at Texas A&M-Kingsville 59-28. The Tigers will be looking for their first-ever NCAA Playoff win on November 25.
Season ticket holders will be able to reserve their seats for the first home playoff game today until 4:30 p.m. by calling the Athletic Department at (785) 628-4050 or stopping by the office in Cunningham Hall 138. Tickets not reserved today will be released to the public Tuesday.
Tickets for the general public will go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The tickets for the general public will be available online at www.fhsuathletics.com, by phone at (785) 628-4050, or in the Athletic Department located in Cunningham Hall 138. Ticket sales will be week-to-week, pending the advancement of FHSU in the playoffs. There is no package for the entire playoffs.
Ticket prices will be $14 for a reserved seat (west side), $10 for a general admission seat (east side), and $5 for youth K-12. The tailgating rules will remain the same as they have all year, with the lot opening four hours before kickoff and closing at kickoff. The reserved tailgating spaces and the VIP parking lot also will continue throughout the playoffs.