2023 US Open, YCC Prize for Aurora, CO | USA Ultimate
Colorado Springs, Colorado (November 10, 2022) –USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the ultimate sport in the United States and a member of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, announced today that US Open Club Championshipone of the eventual major events on the local calendar, will return to Colorado in 2023.
The event, which features an elite level tournament – the International Club Championship – and the Youth Club Championship – will take place. 4-7 August In the Aurora Sports Park. The event is co-hosted by USA Ultimate, Colorado Ultimate and Altitude Youth Ultimate (AYU) in partnership with Visit Aurora.
The 2023 edition of the US Club Open is set to be the latest in a long line of national events taking place in Aurora as local organizers have co-hosted six of the last seven Ultimate Masters tournaments in the USA (2015-17, 2019, 2021). -22) and six iterations of the Pro-Elite Challenge (2015-17, 2019, 2021-22) and the Elite-Select Challenge 2014. Colorado Ultimate and AYU also hosted the 2021 Pro Championship in Boulder. It also marks the return of the US Open to Colorado for the first time since Colorado Springs hosted the inaugural event in 2012. Since then, the championship has been held in Raleigh, Minneapolis, Cincinnati and Providence, RI.
The last five editions were held in the Twin Cities after the US Open expanded to include the USA Ultimate Youth Championship in 2017.
“AYU has hosted many large and prestigious tournaments for more than five years, including the Colorado Cup, Masters Nationals Championships, and the Pro Championships,” commented Christian Gentry, AYU COO. “We strive to create high-quality tournaments for all of our participants and are very excited about the opportunity to host the US Open and bring our wonderful community together to support the highest level of finalists for both young and old.”
In 2023, the US Open is expected to host approximately 3,500 participants representing up to 136 teams across eight competing divisions. The adult component – the International Club Championship – will take place from 4-6 August, and features the men’s, mixed and women’s teams.
The Youth Club Championships will take place from August 5-7 and will feature the boys and girls under 17, boys and girls under 20, and mixed divisions.
“Visit Aurora is delighted that Aurora has been selected to host the 2023 US Open Club Championships,” said Aurora’s Vice President of Sales and Services. “The US Open will bring together the best competitive club teams to compete at Aurora Sports Park, and we look forward to supporting the efforts of USA Ultimate, Colorado Ultimate and Altitude Youth Ultimate to welcome the thousands of attendees and competitors who will come to our destination location next summer. We recognize the value this event represents. to our community and we thank USA Ultimate for giving our destination this opportunity.”
“Colorado is making a great new home for the US Open,” USA Ultimate CEO Tom Crawford added. “As one of our partners, Colorado Ultimate has done a great job growing the sport locally through a range of initiatives, and we are confident we can continue to develop the youth scene and pilot some new youth programs here in our own backyard. The Ultimate Colorado image At an all-time high with the recent success of local teams at the national level, we are excited for these programs to have the opportunity to showcase themselves at a major event in their community.”
Denver’s Johnny Bravo and Molly Brown grabbed national titles last month in San Diego in the men’s and women’s leagues respectively, while two mixed teams—Fort Collins—are a disgrace. and Denver Love Tractor – also eligible for Nationals.
The 2023 edition of the US Open could also mark the return of international teams to the field for the first time since 2019.
“We know from the players’ comments that the ultimate community loves coming to Colorado, and in a year without international struggles, we’re excited about the idea of potentially welcoming teams from around the world to add a unique flavor to the event,” Crawford continued.
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