Day One at National Hockey Festival

Nov. 25, 2010, 8:57 p.m. (ET)

Day One at National Hockey Festival

Contact: Ashley Meunier, Communications Manager

(719) 866-4365, 

For Immediate Release

November 25, 2010

Day One at National Hockey Festival

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Despite the two-hour delay from a morning frost, the first day at National Hockey Festival in Phoenix, Arizona was a success. The weather cooperated with sunny skies and a high in the mid-60’s.

The Reach 11 Sports Complex was packed as nearly 3,500 athletes with their families trickled into the parking lots bright and early for a full day of field hockey. For some, it was their first trip. For others, Festival is their family Thanksgiving tradition.

“Festival is a unique event as it is always played over Thanksgiving weekend. For most families on this day, it is turkey and football. For everyone in the field hockey world, it is National Hockey Festival. I am always excited to see the amount of families that choose to celebrate the holiday watching and playing the sport of field hockey. It really was a wonderful first day,” said Karen Collins, Director of Events and Logistics at USA Field Hockey.

All eighteen fields were filled with athletes from 8:00am until 7:00pm and approximately 220 games were played throughout the day. University and college coaches were in attendance observing the best skilled field hockey athletes and women from the USA National Team were signing autographs for all the fans.  

“The first day of Festival was spectacular. In all the events I have attended at Reach 11, I have never seen the facility look better than it did today. Athletes got a first class experience and the weather was perfect,” said John Schmieder, President of the Phoenix Regional Sports Commission.

Expecting another frost tomorrow, the schedule of games has been pushed back by one-hour for an 8:00am start rather than 7:00am.

“We hope for another beautiful, sunny day just like today and look forward to day two of National Hockey Festival,” said Collins.

Results from today’s games can be viewed on the USA Field Hockey website at  

About USA Field Hockey: USA Field Hockey is the national governing body for sport of field hockey in the United States and is based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, at, or at (719) 866-4365. Additional information regarding USA Field Hockey can be found online by visiting