Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
North American host clubs for NAs 2015/16, Worlds 2015/16, Bench Champs 2015
So we have a few big tournaments coming up in the next few years. And it's getting to that time of year were we need to start thinking of host clubs.
NAs will probably move for 2015. MPLS did a great job for 2 years, and there are many reasons to stay, but I think they need a break, and it's only fair to host NAs somewhere other than the Midwest.
We are looking at Guadalajara for 2015, but we would also welcome other bids. Los Angeles or Denver might be interested, and Las Vegas was suggested to me too.
The most basic requirement is 3 good courts, in the same location. After that, things like cheap housing/hotels, local food and drink options, bathroom facilities, travel hub, good weather between July and September etc.. are very useful.
If you think your club can provide that, please post here, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would like to have a host set well before Christmas.
Worlds 2016 (or 2015 if Australia/NZ doesn't host). We haven't got any host lined up for that. With worlds 4 courts are now becoming a requirement, so ideally we would like to be able to provide that. All the other requirements, and especially easy access to international flights are important. With worlds it's likely to be in September/October, so good weather then is important.
Again, contact me if you are interested.
Finally if the Bench Champs goes well, we will look at doing it again next year. With the feedback, we want to do it as late in 2015 as possible, or even January 2016. So a southern location, with warm weather, is very important. Again, this needs to be a similar 3 court location.
Looking forward to see those bids come in...