2016 Aurora Cup will be a 4-star tournament which will be held on January 15, 16 & 17, 2016, at Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, IL. The tournament is expanded to Friday night to accommodate 80 players who ended up on the waiting list in 2015. The total number of event spots will increase from 865 to 920 with some more room to grow depending on gym availability.
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 JOOLA has agreed to be the official tournament’s equipment sponsor of the 2016 Aurora Cup.
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 JOOLA 3000 SC tables and fully barriered courts. Here is the Vaughan Athletic Center Field House Gym Layout showing how tables will be setup and numbered. All equipment will be available for sale after the tournament at significant discount. For latest pricing see the last page of blank entry form or call Barry Lynn at JOOLA (301-816-3060 Ext. 1021) to reserve yours.
We will use the new seamless JOOLA Flash balls – 40 mm plastic. We got a handful of them and they play very well.
Events & Prizes
To accommodate over 80 players who ended up on the waiting list last year we are expanding the tournament to Friday night. 5 events will be held on Friday to make more room in popular Saturday and Sunday events. For details see table below.
Below are the trophies which will be offered in 2016 to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. 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.
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. All hotels which offer the discount will use the same discount code -2016AC. All properties charge a tax of 9% on top of the price.
These hotels confirmed a discount.
Candlewood Suites – 2625 W Sullivan Rd, Aurora – (630) 907-9977 – $89.99 for Studio Suite with Queen size bed, fully furnished. $99.99 for 2 Queen Size beds, fully furnished. Book directly via this link.
Holiday Inn Aurora North-Naperville – 2424 W Sullivan Rd, Aurora – (630) 806-7400 – $99 for King bed & $109 for 2 Queen beds room.
Hampton Inn & Suites Aurora – 2423 Bushwood Dr, Aurora – (630) 907-2600 – $110.94 for king bed and $128.14 per night for 2 queen beds. Free breakfast included.
North Aurora Hotel – 201 Smoketree Ln, North Aurora (i.e. 3 miles from venue) – (331)-205-1700 – Double bed room for $65.00/night. King Bed $55 and Queen bed $50. More information at this link.
These hotels have not offered the discount, but the rates listed below are last year’s rates so you can get an idea of the cost
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.
If you have any questions regarding the tournament please contact Tournament Director Swavek Lorenc – 630-251-8860 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.