National Hockey Festival Kicks Off On Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 24, 2010, 12:32 p.m. (ET)

National Hockey Festival Kicks Off On Thanksgiving Day

Contact: Ashley Meunier, Communications Manager

(719) 866-4365, 

For Immediate Release

November 24, 2010

National Hockey Festival Kicks Off On Thanksgiving Day

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – The 2010 National Hockey Festival kicks off tomorrow at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Arizona. The National Hockey Festival has become the world’s largest amateur field hockey event, attracting more than 3,500 athletes from across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean to compete over a Thanksgiving.

“This is the largest event of its kind,” said Karen Collins, Director or Events and Logistics. “We are very happy to be here in Phoenix. The economic impact on the area will be significantly greater than it has in the past as the number of people attending Festival this year has increased substantially.”  

Most athletes and families began arriving in Phoenix yesterday and will stay through Sunday. Over 270 teams have been broken up into four divisions: U16, U19, Women’s and Mixed. Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, November 28 over 700 games of field hockey will be played at the Reach 11 Complex.

“We are extremely happy to have USA Field Hockey in Phoenix and at Reach 11,” said Genel Burwell, Reach 11 Park Manager. “This is the largest event that we have ever hosted here. The impact on our economy from this event has been and will be tremendous. Hotels, local businesses, restaurants and rental car companies will benefit from Festival attendees. We are excited USA Field Hockey chose Phoenix and Reach 11 as the host site for the next two years.”  

Due to the extreme cold weather conditions in the morning, the schedule of games has been changed slightly. Thanksgiving Day, all games will be 45 minutes in length and will begin at 8AM rather than 6AM. On Friday, November 25, all games will remain 1 hour in length, but will begin at 8AM rather than 7AM. Visit for all Festival news and an up-to-date schedule of games.

“We have had to adjust the schedule due to early morning frost. We are hoping for warmer weather on Saturday and Sunday and are looking forward to the next four days of field hockey,” said Collins.  

This is the first event that Reach 11 has hosted over a holiday weekend. Reach 11 will be the host of National Hockey Festival through 2011. The complex has 18 lighted playing fields that span over 33 acres of desert land.

For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, at, or at (719) 866-4365. Additional information regarding the USA Field Hockey team and the Futures Program can be found online by visiting