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Discussion: Move Midwest Championship to St. Louis

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Jan. 17, 2022
inzerillo
Men's 65
1 posts
Move Midwest Championship to St. Louis
I've got to put my 2 cents in on this topic. Rogers Sucks!! St Louis would be the best place to move the tournament. It is in the middle of the country, easy to get to and I don't remember having a tournament there. I've heard they have an excellent facility.
Jan. 17, 2022
SSUSA Staff
3186 posts
The Midwest Championships will NOT be in Rogers, AR this Season
Jan. 17, 2022
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1386 posts
Inzerillo, I will tell you that long ago we played a SSUSA qualifier in the outskirts of St Louis, and the ISA Senior World Series was at another park there for several years. It is brutally humid near the Mississippi. It was not as brutal as when we played in Memphis. I do like the river but will get to you. We have never played in Arkansas; so I can't compare.
Jan. 17, 2022
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3732 posts
We're working on a specific acceptable location for the Midwest Championships 2022 and are hopeful of having an announcement soon ... We can assure you there are a LOT of factors in the process ... Those include field availability on the competitive calendar dates sought by multiple sanctioning associations, support from the locality (wherever it may be), field lease economic viability, adequate and affordable hotels, dates that don't conflict with other SSUSA independent director qualifiers, etc. ... While an opinion that "Rogers Sucks" from someone whose player record indicates he's NEVER played an SSUSA event there, or that it's "brutally humid" near the Mississippi River, may have varying degrees of accuracy, they do not contribute to tying down a venue and dates for the Midwest Championships 2022 ... Patience, please ...

Jan. 17, 2022
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1386 posts
Dave, I hope that you had a good day off. I was really only pointing out that there have been SSUSA and ISA Senior events in St Louis because he said that he didn't think that there have been tournaments there. You know that I don't have a pony in that race, and we know that we can never please everyone. Nice forensic work again.
Jan. 17, 2022
coop3636
468 posts
Dave
I live in Memphis,TN and Tunica, MS is only 1 hr from here.
(Tunica parks and rec)
It is centrally located.
It has a 4 field complex and is 10 mins from the casinos. (8 of them)
(3 fields are 300' and 1 field in bugger, but they will put up temp fencing at 300')
I ran tournaments there for many years.
The field staff is good and will work with you.
You might want to look there.
Just my 2 cents
Brett

Jan. 18, 2022
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3732 posts
Thanks, Brett ... We're pretty close to an announcement for the 2022 tournament, with just a few items left to be confirmed ... This event, as you know, has been problematical since the Mid-America Sports Complex folks on Shawnee, KS, gave away half of our field allocation to a youth tournament in 2014, and then the balance of the field allocation in 2015, resulting in the move to Rogers, AR ... Maybe some year soon we will be able to return to Shawnee ...

Folks in your area are hopeful that there might be an opportunity to create a "Central National's" on par with the Eastern (3 complexes/12 fields) and Western (5 complexes/17 fields) National's as soon as the 2023 Season ... Currently, there is no available to us venue combination that meets the minimum criteria, so it's on hold for now ... Be safe!

Jan. 19, 2022
Heartland Chuck
1 posts
Hey Dave. Thanks for all the work you're doing to find a suitable venue. It must be stressful. We appreciate it.
Jan. 20, 2022
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3732 posts
Thanks Chuck ... There are two other people here (Fran & Anthony) who are actually doing the "heavy lifting" on this ... I'm just the status update guy ... But I'll pass along your kind words ...
Jan. 21, 2022
outtashape3
Men's 60
15 posts
Get it BMAC in St. Louis. Best fields in the area . Clean and big complex!,
Jan. 21, 2022
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3732 posts
▲ Agreed that it's a nice facility ▲ ... We've looked into it ... Issues are:
1. Not available in dates we need
2. Only 5 principal fields (ancillary fields are unfenced and/or irregular shape)

Jan. 21, 2022
coop3636
468 posts
Hey Dave
What places is it narrowed down to?
Is there a specific date?
We are trying to finish our schedule
Just asking
Brett
Jan. 23, 2022
neck10
709 posts
Isn't tunica like in a state that touches the Gulf that sounds more like the south to me. Just saying Indianapolis, Louisville ,Knoxville are a little more mid west.
Jan. 23, 2022
Bob21
37 posts
Omaha would be the definition of Midwest. Unfortunately, I donít think there are enough decent fields here to handle this tourney. It would, however, be the perfect location.
Jan. 23, 2022
dtuf
Men's 65
4 posts
Played in a tournament in DesMoines Iowa years ago. I seem to remember several good complexes. Donít know about availability, but Des Moines is easy to get to either by driving along I-80 of flying into their airport. Just a suggestion.
Feb. 1, 2022
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3732 posts
MIDWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022 ē July 8 - 13, 2022

Wapelhorst Park
1875 Muegge Road
St. Charles, MO 93303

Founders Park Sports Complex
7 Freymuth Road
Lake St. Louis, MO 63367

Feb. 1, 2022
spider9188
Men's 75
38 posts
DAVE!!! Great Choice!...glad to see this move to the St. Louis Area...great facilities as well. We should exceed the 37 teams that attended last year in Rogers AR. Hope to see you there!...All the best...Regards Bob Darrah
Feb. 2, 2022
DaveDowell
Men's 70
3732 posts
Thanks, Bob ... I'll pass your kind words on to Fran and Anthony ... They truly did ALL of the work on this complex move ... I was merely the status reporter for them ...
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