Upcoming Convention: Athletic Championships Chattanooga – National Championship

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Athletic Championships Chattanooga-National Championship comes to the Chattanooga Convention Center Jna. 17-19.

WHO:
Name of association or organization: Athletic Championships
Name of convention: Athletic Championships Chattanooga – National Championship
Location of event: Chattanooga Convention Center
Date(s) of convention: Jan, 17-19, 2014
Estimated attendance: 14,000
Economic Impact: $5,040,000
Website: www.athleticchampionships.com
Open to public?  Yes
Admission cost and details: Adults (12-64 years)/$20 per day or $30 for 2-day pass; Kids (5 years & under)/Free; Children (6-11 years)/$10 per day or $20 for 2-day pass; Senior Citizens or Military (65 years & older)/$10 per day or $20 for 2-day pass.

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF ORGANIZATION:
Athletic Championships is a provider of multiple cheerleading and dance competitions around the country.  Teams travel to our events from all over the country ranging in age from 3-24.  We are known around the globe as the competition brand where “friends come to compete.”  This will be our 12th season hosting our event in Chattanooga.
 
UNIQUE STORY ANGLE:
Our company now hosts a number of additional events under different names.  We have grown from 17 events to 46 events over the past 4 years.
 
RESTAURANT OPPORTUNITIES:
Dates and meals when people will be out utilizing area restaurants:
Friday, Jan. 17          Lunch, Dinner
Saturday, Jan. 18     Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday, Jan. 19        Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Attendees will be arriving all day Friday.  Many will check out/depart Sunday afternoon, but we expect there to be a good amount remaining on Sunday evening and checking out Monday due to the MLK Holiday.

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