RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – The 2011 National Indoor Tournament for Under-19 Girls and Under-20 Boys presented by Yolo Sportswear and held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, VA wrapped up yesterday evening after three days of exciting competition. One hundred and twenty four teams traveled to the Richmond area for the weekend long event and participated in a combined total of 868 field hockey matches. An estimated 1,300 athletes and families filled hotels, restaurants and shopping centers throughout the weekend.
“The event ran smoothly and overall I think experience was enjoyable for all,” said Karen Collins, Director of Event Logistics at USA Field Hockey. “We are looking forward to working with the Greater Richmond Convention Center to host next year’s event and anticipate another great event coming up in Virginia Beach for the Under-14 and Under-16 Tournament.”
According to JBS Destination Solutions, USA Field Hockey’s Official Housing Service, approximately thirty hotels were used to house field hockey athletes, parents and staff, with roughly 2,200 room nights booked. The economic impact on a city is generally substantial when hosting an event of this magnitude.
"It was great to have USA Field Hockey back in the Richmond Region,” said Michael Meyers, General Manager of the Greater Richmond Convention Center. “We have been excited to watch the sport grow in recent years and we are proud to be one of the larger host sites that can help the sport and the events grow further. We look forward to the partnership we have in place for 2012 and we hope to be part of the schedule for many years to come.”
Sunday’s play was intense as pool champions were determined. Congratulations to the following 2011 National Indoor Tournament pool champions: Mystx Storm, Xcalibur Justice, Saints Blue, WC Eagles Gold, WC Eagles XI, PA Mavericks 1, PA Mavericks 2, South Jersey Edge Pink, Focus Field Hockey 3, Xcalibur Liberty, Cape Ann Red, Key State Field Hockey White, Valley Styx Black, WC Eagles White, New Heights Red, Hurricanes. To view the final results of the tournament, visit www.usafieldhockey.com.
“We are excited to continue the relationship with USA Field Hockey,” said Townley Goldsmith, Director of Event Development at Sports Backers. “We think the event went well and were thrilled to see the number of visitors come to Richmond. The level of play on the courts was impressive to watch. We are looking to make next year even better and hope that our relationship with USA Field Hockey will extend well beyond 2012.”
The National Indoor Tournament for Under-14 and Under-16 Girls will be held next weekend, March 11-13 at the Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA. One hundred and thirty eight teams and an estimated 1,400 athletes will compete in the upcoming event.
Visit www.usafieldhockey.com to view pool champions, results and photos from this weekend’s event.
USA Field Hockey would like to thank our sponsors: Asics, Yolo Sportswear, Cranbarry, Longstreth, 4U Field Hockey, Dita and Harrow. For media inquiries, please contact Ashley Meunier, USA Field Hockey Communications Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at (719) 866-4365. Additional information regarding USA Field Hockey can be found online by visiting www.usafieldhockey.com.