USAU Considering San Diego, Sarasota For 2017 Club National Championships

Nationals could return to Sarasota this year.

USA Ultimate has narrowed the search for the location of the 2017 Club National Championships to San Diego, California; Sarasota, Florida; and a third undisclosed location, according to sources familiar with the situation.

“[We] still have three solid candidates to host that we’re considering, but location is somewhat dependent on the location of other [Triple Crown Tour] events so that the schedule is geographically balanced for teams,” said USA Ultimate Marketing and Communications Director Andy Lee. “Quite a few moving parts that need to be dialed in before settling on a location, but expect a decision to be made in the next couple of weeks.”

USA Ultimate held Club Nationals in Sarasota for a decade, but went searching for new scenery with a more robust local ultimate community after the advent of the TCT in 2013.

Frisco, Texas, outside of Dallas, played host for three years from 2013-2015, but was never as popular as Sarasota with players despite the top-end facilities. Last year’s Championships were held in Rockford, Illinois, an unpopular choice with players due to its lack of vacation-like atmosphere and poor weather, though USAU has praised the local organizers at the location.

A return to a beach town in the southern US is likely to be well-received by players, and the return of Nationals to mid- to late-October will bring back the feel of the 2000s-era Nationals.

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