2015 Butterfly Aurora Cup will be a 4-star tournament which will be held on January 17 & 18, 2015, at Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, IL.
Online registration will let you register and pay via PayPal using a credit card or PayPal account. You can also see who signed up so far at the bottom of the registration page. The traditional mail-in registration blank entry form can be downloaded here. If this is the first time you are playing in a sanctioned tournament please read this page.
We are pleased to announce that Butterfly has agreed to be the official tournament’s equipment sponsor.
Additional sponsors are
Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Vaughan Athletic Center is located at 2121 West Indian Trail in Aurora, IL and was built in 2006. The Field House, where the tournament will take place is a 33,000 ft facility with non-slippery blue floor similar to Gerflor. To get a sense of the venue conditions please visit this page.
We will have 38 Butterfly tables and fully barriered courts. The tables will be a mix of Centerfold 25 and Europa 25 tables. Here is the diagram showing how tables will be setup and numbered. We will use 40 mm white celluloid 3-star Butterfly balls.
All equipment will be brand new and will be available for sale after the tournament at significant discount. For latest pricing see the following flyer. Call 800-611-7712 to reserve yours.
Events & Prizes
Here is the trophy for this year’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in 11 events which offer trophies. The trophy is made of solid crystal (not acrylic) and is pretty heavy. The paddle part has dimensions of a normal paddle. The whole trophy is 9 inches tall. I hope you find these trophies an adequate reward for your efforts at the table.
Driving and Parking
Vaughan Athletic Center is located just a mile south of the Orchard Rd. exit off of the I-88 tollway. It is about 40 miles west of downtown Chicago. The parking around the venue can accommodate about 260 cars. In the event the venue parking fills up, additional parking will be available offsite at the Party City parking lot just 1/2 mile west of the venue (2292 W. Indian Trail Rd). Fox Valley Park District will offer free shuttle service from this parking to the venue. Please visit the venue page to see the parking arrangement.
There are several restaurants along the Orchard Rd which are shown on this map. More restaurants are located in the vicinity of Fox Valley Mall on the east side of Aurora. The map of east side restaurants is here.
There are several hotels within 2 miles from the venue. Below are these hotels with special discounted rates listed. All hotels which offer the discount use the same discount code – 2015BAC.
Candlewood Suites – 2625 W Sullivan Rd, Aurora – (630) 326-5080(630) 326-5080 – Special rate of $85 per night with the code.
Holiday Inn Aurora North-Naperville – 2424 W Sullivan Rd, Aurora – (630) 326-3929(630) 326-3929 – $99 for Queen double with the code.
Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora – 2423 Bushwood Dr, Aurora – (630) 907-2600(630) 907-2600 – no discount – $125 per night for 2 queen beds
Baymont Inn & Suites Chicago/Aurora – 308 S Lincolnway St, North Aurora – (630)-897-7695 – no discount, $75 per night for 2 queen beds room
Further from the venue – 11 miles – but closer to Fox Valley Mall with more restaurant options is this hotel:
Staybridge Suites – 4320 Meridian Parkway, Aurora – (630)-978-2222 – a special rate of $84.00 for a one queen studio and $94.00 for a one king bedroom.
If you are flying in, the Chicago O’Hare International airport is 38 miles from the venue. Chicago Midway International Airport is 45 miles from the venue. Most of the travel from the airport to the venue is on tollways & freeways. For example I-294, I-355 and I-88 are all tollways.
Discounted air travel is available on United Air Lines for USATT tournaments using the following options:
- Call the Olympic Help Desk at 1 – 800 841 0460
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see this page for more details.
If you have any questions regarding the tournament please contact Tournament Director Swavek Lorenc – 630-251-8860 – email@example.com.
Volunteers are needed to assist with venue setup and take down, and tournament logistics i.e. check-in process, and score keeping. More information can be found here.