Created:Monday, June 11, 2012 3:37 p.m.CDT

NIU to host football championships

The state football finals will be played at NIU in DeKalb in odd-numbered years, beginning in 2013.

The change could benefit local teams, which would have a much shorter trip to DeKalb than to Champmaign, where the finals will remain during even-numbered years.

Read more about the shift here: