ACL Southeast Open set for February in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The American Cornhole League Southeast is set for its season of championships, starting with the inaugural ACL Southeast Open in Jacksonville on Feb. 26-28 at the Jacksonville Ice & Sportsplex. This new schedule is a part of the strategic partnership between Airstream Ventures and ACL Southeast.
The Open kicks off the spring schedule that features another Southeast Conference championship, a regional event, and state championships for each represented in the league.
“We are proud to offer a number of events for our members to showcase their skills and earn ranking points this spring,” said Rob Chismark, Southeast Conference director for the ACL. “We have some great host partners that are going to help us continue growing the events and participation.”
The ACL Southeast Open begins the schedule with more than 500 competitors coming in from across the country to compete for the titles over three days of competition.
In April, the schedule heats up with ACL Southeast Regional at the Bradford County Fairgrounds on April 9-10 in Starke, Fla. The next weekend (April 16-18) the ACL Southeast Conference Championship comes to the Clay County Fairgrounds in Green Cove Springs, Fla. for three days of competition.
The four state championships begin in May:
Florida – Gainesville, Legacy Arena (May 21-23)
Mississippi – Biloxi, Mississippi Coast Coliseum (May 28-30)
Alabama – Jacksonville, Pete Mathews Coliseum (June 4-6)
Georgia – Albany, Southwest Georgia Regional Fair Grounds (June 18-19)
“A special thanks to all of our destinations for supporting ACL Southeast in bringing the inaugural state championships to their venues,” said Joel Lamp, Senior Director of Tourism & Events with Airstream Ventures. “During these times, sports tourism can provide an economic lift to the different regions – bringing a new audience to the area for the first time.”
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…
“We are so excited to welcome the American Cornhole League to Jacksonville for the ACL Southeast Open. There are so many out-of-the-box sporting events, like cornhole, that we know are a great fit for our area. We can’t wait to be a part of this great event.”
Michael Corrigan, CEO, Visit Jacksonville
“We are proud to welcome the ACL Southeast Conference to Clay County for the conference championship this spring. The continued growth of the sport has been great to follow and we honored to have this opportunity. We know that they will have a great experience at the Clay County Fairgrounds. Events like these are important for our local economy as we fill hotels, shops and restaurants with competitors from the four states as they get to explore everything our destination has to offer.”
Mike Cella, Chair, Clay County TDC and Clay County Board of County Commissioners
”We are excited to bring the ACL Southeast Regional to our little piece of paradise and introduce everyone to Bradford County. This is going to be a great event and has our community buzzing in anticipation!”
Pam Whittle, President, North Florida Regional Chamber of Commerce
”The Gainesville Sports Commission is excited to welcome the American Cornhole League (ACL) Southeast Conference to Gainesville and Alachua County, FL for the Florida State Cornhole Championship on May 21st – 23rd, 2021! The top cornhole players in the state will enjoy competing in our newest 40,000 sq. ft. facility, the City of Alachua’s Legacy Multipurpose Center. There is even more to enjoy after the competition with plenty of dining, breweries and nightlife options in Celebration Pointe, Butler Plaza, and Downtown Gainesville. During daytime take advantage of the weather by tubing down one of the many springs, Ginnie, Ichetucknee and Poe just to name a few. Our local community and hotels are ready to showcase our college town charm and excitement to the ACL and the players during the State Championship! See you in May!”
Joleen Cacciatore Miller, CEO, Gainesville Sports Commission
”We look forward to welcoming all of the participants to campus for the state championship. As the proud home of the collegiate national champions in 2019, we are grateful to all of our community partners coming together to bring this event to Pete Mathews Coliseum and experience the Friendliest Campus in the South first hand.”
Dr. Don Killingsworth, President, Jacksonville State University
"With the support of all our community partners, we could not be more ecstatic that the 2021 American Cornhole League Southeast conference Alabama state championship will be held at Jacksonville State University the first weekend in June. As cornhole has become the fastest growing sport in the United States, we are honored to have the opportunity to sponsor this event and showcase Calhoun County as a 'Natural Attraction' to all the participants and spectators who will travel to our area. Our local economy is bolstered by events such as these, which support hotels, restaurants and attractions. We welcome those who visit to explore our area's many wonders after the competition."
Audrey Maxwell, Tourism Director for the Calhoun County Area Chamber & Visitors Center
“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to host the American Cornhole League in beautiful Coastal Mississippi! Our number one priority is to provide a safe environment for all of the participants and spectators that will be traveling to our destination. We are confident that our restaurants and attractions will add to the excitement of this amazing event as we look forward to growing the partnership between Coastal Mississippi and the American Cornhole League.”
Marquez Singleton, Sports and Event Development Manager, Coastal Mississippi
“We are excited to sponsor the upcoming, ACL Southeast Conference Cornhole tournament again here in Albany, GA. Tournaments like these bring entertainment, visitors, and over two hundred thousand dollars in economic impact to our community. We thank the Georgia Chapter for continuing to choose the Albany Exchange Club as their annual location.”
Rashelle Beasley, Executive Director for the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau