DALLAS – (March 18, 2015) – USA Fencing is pleased to announce that the Dallas Sports Commission and the city of Dallas will host the 2016 USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge from June 29 – July 9.
The world’s largest fencing tournament will feature nearly 100 events with more than 4,000 competitors with more than 10,000 athletes, fans and spectators expected.
Both individual and team events will be contested in all three weapons: epee, foil and saber with national titles awarded in Y10, Y12, Y14, Division IA, Division II, Division III, Senior Team, Veteran 40-49, Vet 50-59, Vet 60-69 and Vet +70 events for both men and women.
The July Challenge will include cadet, junior and Division I events and will be the final tournament for Division I fencers before the Olympic Games are held in Rio de Janeiro.
Competition will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center which is located in the heart of downtown Dallas. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center has been the home of numerous national tournaments, including the recent December North American Cup. In addition, the 2009 USA Fencing National Championships were held just outside of Dallas in Grapevine, Texas.
In addition to the USA Fencing National Championships and July Challenge, several other sports will be hosting major national events at the convention center as well, including the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships and the USA Boxing Junior Olympics and Prep National Championships.
“We have had a very successful partnership with the Dallas Sports Commission in the past and are looking forward to returning to Texas,” said USA Fencing Director of Operations Christine Strong-Simmons (Colorado Springs, Colo.) “With a number of NGBs all holding high level events all in the same location, this is also a great opportunity for first-time spectators.