FCS football began in 1978 when Division 1 was split into 1-A and 1-AA. In 2006, 1-A was renamed "Football Bowl Subdivision" and 1-AA was named "Football Championship Subdivision".
Huntington, West Virginia has been the most successful location for hosting the championship, in terms of attendance. That is partly due to the home team, Marshall, appearing in 4 of the 5 championship games played there as well as the size of the stadium. But even in 1994, when Boise State lost to Youngstown State in the title game, over 27,000 fans filled the venue. With Marshall playing, attendance averaged in the 30,500 range.
The worst location for fan turnout was Tacoma, Washington. The two games played there in 1985 and 1986 averaged less than 5,000 fans.
Statesboro, Georgia averaged 24,000 when its hometown Eagles of Georgia Southern were playing, but half that total when Youngstown played Marshall there in 1991.
Chattanooga had a 13-year run of averaging over 17,000 fans, regardless of who participated. The hometown Mocs never got the chance.
Frisco, Texas has hosted the last 11 championship games and will do so again following the 2021 season. The game is played in the soccer home of Dallas FC, a facility which maxes out at just over 20,000 fans. The FCS championship has either sold out, or nearly sold out, every year that it has been played there. The 2020 game, played May 16, was limited to 50% capacity by the NCAA amid social distancing concerns from the coronavirus pandemic, but that must have been eased as the announced crowd was 7,840.
North Dakota State played in 8 title games in Frisco in the last 10 years, and won all 8. The only three champions in Frisco that aren't named North Dakota State have been Eastern Washington in 2010 (beat Delaware), James Madison in 2016 (beat Youngstown State), and Sam Houston Stat in 2020.
The only Texas-based team to make it to the final in Frisco has been Sam Houston State. In addition The Bearkats did so in 2011 and 2012, losing to NDSU on both of those occasions before claiming the 2020 title over South Dakota State.
|2020||Sam Houston State||K.C. Keeler||23-21||South Dakota State||Frisco, Texas|
|2019||North Dakota State||Matt Entz||28-20||James Madison||Frisco, Texas|
|2018||North Dakota State||Chris Klieman||38-24||Eastern Washington||Frisco, Texas|
|2017||North Dakota State||Chris Klieman||17-13||James Madison||Frisco, Texas|
|2016||James Madison||Mike Houston||28-14||Youngstown State||Frisco, Texas|
|2015||North Dakota State||Chris Klieman||37-10||Jacksonville State||Frisco, Texas|
|2014||North Dakota State||Chris Klieman||29-27||Illinois State||Frisco, Texas|
|2013||North Dakota State||Craig Bohl||35-7||Towson||Frisco, Texas|
|2012||North Dakota State||Craig Bohl||39-13||Sam Houston State||Frisco, Texas|
|2011||North Dakota State||Craig Bohl||17-6||Sam Houston State||Frisco, Texas|
|2010||Eastern Washington||Beau Baldwin||20-19||Delaware||Frisco, Texas|
|2009||Villanova||Andy Talley||23-21||Montana||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2008||Richmond||Mike London||24-7||Montana||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2007||Appalachian State||Jerry Moore||49-21||Delaware||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2006||Appalachian State||Jerry Moore||28-17||Massachusetts||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2005||Appalachian State||Jerry Moore||21-16||Northern Iowa||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2004||James Madison||Mickey Matthews||31-21||Montana||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2003||Delaware||K.C. Keeler||40-0||Colgate||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2002||Western Kentucky||Jack Harbaugh||34-14||McNeese State||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2001||Montana||Joe Glenn||13-6||Furman||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|2000||Georgia Southern||Paul Johnson||27-25||Montana||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|1999||Georgia Southern||Paul Johnson||59-24||Youngstown State||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|1998||Massachusetts||Mark Whipple||55-43||Georgia Southern||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|1997||Youngstown State||Jim Tressel||10-9||McNeese State||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|1996||Marshall||Bob Pruett||49-29||Montana||Huntington, W.Va.|
|1995||Montana||Don Read||22-20||Marshall||Huntington, W.Va.|
|1994||Youngstown State||Jim Tressel||28-14||Boise State||Huntington, W.Va.|
|1993||Youngstown State||Jim Tressel||17-5||Marshall||Huntington, W.Va.|
|1992||Marshall||Jim Donnan||31-28||Youngstown State||Huntington, W.Va.|
|1991||Youngstown State||Jim Tressel||25-17||Marshall||Statesboro, Ga.|
|1990||Georgia Southern||Tim Stowers||36-13||Nevada||Statesboro, Ga.|
|1989||Georgia Southern||Erk Russell||37-34||Stephen F. Austin *||Statesboro, Ga.|
|1988||Furman||Jimmy Satterfield||17-12||Georgia Southern||Pocatello, Idaho|
|1987||Louisiana-Monroe||Pat Collins||43-42||Marshall||Pocatello, Idaho|
|1986||Georgia Southern||Erk Russell||48-21||Arkansas State||Tacoma, Wash.|
|1985||Georgia Southern||Erk Russell||44-42||Furman||Tacoma, Wash.|
|1984||Montana State||Dave Arnold||19-6||Louisiana Tech||Charleston, S.C.|
|1983||Southern Illinois||Rey Dempsey||43-7||Western Carolina||Charleston, S.C.|
|1982||Eastern Kentucky||Roy Kidd||17-14||Delaware||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|1981||Idaho State||Dave Kragthorpe||34-23||Eastern Kentucky||Wichita Falls, Texas|
|1980||Boise State||Jim Criner||31-29||Eastern Kentucky||Sacramento, Calif.|
|1979||Eastern Kentucky||Roy Kidd||30-7||Lehigh||Orlando, Fla.|
|1978||Florida A&M||Ruby Hubbard||35-28||Massachusetts||Wichita Falls, Texas|
* -- Stephen F. Austin's participation in 1989 championship vacated.