It will see both the premier league and division one finals take place on the same day and both BUCS and BAFA are looking towards a more festival ambience with the emphasis on American-style excitement and entertainment both on and off the pitch.
Both raised standing for 2,000 extra people and a temporary stand for another 400 spectators will be added, as will a 9.5m LED screen to show replays and highlights. The two finals will also be live streamed on the BUCS YouTube channel and Facebook page.
The food, drink and music offering will be bigger and better. In addition, there will be a retail and exhibition area for the purchase of merchandise and memorabilia.
Guy Kersey, Leicester Falcons President, who has organised and run highly successful Britbowls in the past, will be leading the project for BAFA using his knowledge and experience as an events professional.
Jenny Morris, Head of Sport Delivery & Performance for BUCS, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled at the prospect of heading to Loughborough for the BUCS American Football Championship and Trophy Finals 2019, because it’s a town synonymous with sporting prowess and a venue that will undoubtedly provide a thrilling spectacle for players, coaches, and fans alike. The stage is once again set for a showcase event highlighting the very best within University Football, but we’re confident this one in Loughborough will be the best yet!”
BAFA Operations Director, Steve Rains, adds: "We are delighted to be organising the hosting of the American Football Finals day on behalf of BUCS - at a renowned and revered sporting facility which will provide all in attendance with an amazing and rewarding experience. The smaller, arena-style venue should provide the finals with the adrenaline buzz and atmosphere they deserve and perhaps what has been missing somewhat from recent, less-than-full big stadium events"