USA ULTIMATE BRINGS FLYING DISCS TO GRAND PARK
WESTFIELD, Ind. (Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016) – This weekend, flying discs will replace soccer balls and baseballs at Grand Park. Westfield will welcome the first USA Ultimate-sanctioned event to Grand Park Aug. 13 and 14.
USA Ultimate’s Select Flight Invite will bring 48 collegiate club teams from 21 states plus Canada to Grand Park. The event is one of four events in USA Ultimate’s Triple Crown Tour, which features 700 teams competing for entrance to the National Championships to be held in Rockford, Illinois, Sept. 29-Oct. 2.
Two teams of the 48 competing at Grand Park this weekend are based in Indianapolis: team Tequila Mockingbird in the mixed gender division and team Brickyard in the men’s division.
“The ultimate scene in Indiana is growing quickly,” said Steven Naji, Brickyard team co-captain. “An influx of high school and youth ultimate teams are being started at local high schools and the kids are going on to play in college and on club teams.”
Hamilton County Sports Authority worked with Indiana Ultimate Foundation to secure the bid to bring a major USA Ultimate event to Grand Park. Indiana Ultimate Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the growth and development of ultimate, at all levels, throughout the state of Indiana.
“We look forward to bringing more types of sports to Grand Park,” said William Knox, director of Hamilton County Sports Authority. “The facility can accommodate so much more than just traditional ball sports.”
“We appreciate Hamilton County Sports Authority securing the bid to bring the USA Ultimate event to Grand Park,” said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. “It’s exciting to welcome players from all over the country for this fast growing sport.”
The full schedule and list of competing teams is available at http://play.usaultimate.org/events/TCT-Select-Flight-Invite-2016/.
About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center will celebrate its grand opening July 21-23. The facility features three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January 2016. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1.5 million sports visitors participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis, making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development, including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
Visit GrandPark.org for more information.
About Hamilton County Sports Authority
Hamilton County Sports Authority, a division of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., is a leading promoter of regional and amateur sports development in Hamilton County, Indiana. Hamilton County Sports Authority offers a mix of consulting and support services to amateur, not-for-profit sporting events. Visit http://www.visithamiltoncounty.com/sports for more information.