Friday, February 18, 2011

2011 US Open Squash Championships to be Hosted at the DAC

When Drexel's new Recreation Center opened up a little more than one year ago, the new squash courts were a big hit. Since then, they've led to the popularization of the sport at Drexel. If you're looking for proof, just last week, I went to play on a Thursday night at 10 PM and all the courts were full.

Now the sport will be given even more of an opportunity to blossom within our community as the 2011 US Open Squash Championships will be hosted at the DAC. The tournament will be held from October 1-6 and is sure to feature some of the best squash this country has seen, with $175,000 in prize money at stake. 

Per Drexel's press release: “Drexel University is delighted to host the 2011 U.S. Open Squash Championships in Philadelphia, the cradle of liberty and the home of many of the game's most storied players and historic squash venues,” said Drexel President John Fry. “Drexel University is founded on equality and competitive opportunity in venues that extend beyond academics, including the frontiers of entrepreneurship, technological innovation and athletics. The championships will be hosted in an urban collegiate athletic facility that will attract a diverse fan-base. We are truly honored to be the host of this remarkable championship.”

Drexel itself has both a Men's and Women's Club Squash team. Interested? Head here to see how you can get involved.

Expect our coverage of the Squash Championships to heat up come next fall, with ways you can help with the staging of the event to coverage of the results themselves.

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