Overland Park Awarded as Regional Host City for 2016 Football University National Championship
ROCKAWAY, NJ (June 1, 2016) - The Football University (FBU) National Championship tournament has awarded Overland Park, Kan., as a host city for the Midwest Region for the 2016 national tournament. Beginning December 2, Overland Park will play host to the first three rounds of the FBU National Championship tournament, with 24 youth all-star teams vying for the title of National Champion.
The Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau (OPCVB) is the Midwest Region’s host city national sponsor of the 2016 FBU National Championship. Overland Park is known as an “amateur sports mecca” for its nationally-acclaimed complexes, modern facilities and dynamic attractions nearby.
This year’s tournament continues the biggest youth football event to date, with 192 teams nationwide, including more than 250 games, 6,000 athletes, and 1,200 coaches. In the aggregate, the tournament will showcase a total of 250 games in eight days, resulting in more than 1,000 hours of play.
Entering its fifth year, the FBU National Championship has been likened to a mash-up of the NCAA basketball tournament and the Little League World Series, and is considered the tournament that crowns the true National Champions in youth football. The single-elimination tournament features 64 teams from more than 30 states across the U.S. in three brackets – 6th, 7th and 8th grade – comprised of the top 30 athletes from each area.
“The Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau partnership with FBU has allowed Overland Park to be a part of the largest championship event in youth football,” said Nate Palermo, OPCVB Sports Sales Manager. “An event such as this is an opportunity to further showcase why Overland Park is a successful youth sports destination.”
The first three rounds will take place across four regional locales – Midwest, West, South and East – from December 2-5. The Road To Naples concludes with Championship Weekend, set for December 17-20 in Naples, FL, for the final sixteen teams in each of the three brackets.
“We are thrilled that Overland Park is a Midwest Region host city,” said Douglas Berman, Chairman of All American Games. “We know that our athletes and their families will have an amazing time there, and the facilities and venues available are world-class.”
The following locations will be home to the three regional rounds, from December 2-5:
Olathe District Activity Center
20925 W. 159th
Olathe, KS 66062
College Blvd. Activity Center
11031 S. Valley Rd.
Olathe, KS 66061
All American Games™ is a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event company. AAG owns and produces elite national youth and prep sporting events and properties, including the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Football University, FBU National Championship, and the FBU Top Gun Showcase.
About Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau: The Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization dedicated to marketing and promoting the community of Overland Park to conventions, sports and leisure travelers to increase city revenue through tourism.
For more information please contact:
Mike Ulatoski, Marketing & Communications Manager
[O] (973) 366 8448 x-301
[C] (203) 808 6601
Valerie Reed, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau
[O] (913) 553 2880