City of Concord California


News Release



January 10, 2017

Concord to host World Racquetball Tour's West Coast Championship


Tournament features top-ranked players from around the globe

Concord, the largest city in Contra Costa County, has announced that it is the host city for the World Racquetball Tour's (WRT) West Coast Championship. The four-day event will be held at the Big C Athletic Club Jan. 26-29, and features the sport's top-ranked players from across North America, South America and Asia.

"As one of the San Francisco Bay Area's entertainment destinations, we are proud to host this exciting competition, which attracts the best professional racquetball players from around the world," said Pedro Garcia, economic development specialist at the City of Concord. "For years, the city has been the training ground for Olympians as they prep for the biennial events. The WRT is a natural extension of our city's strong athletic tradition."

In addition to bringing some of the biggest names in racquetball to the Bay Area, the West Coast Championship provides a platform for those new to the sport to showcase and grow their skills. The City encourages amateur players of all ages to register for this fun event at bit.ly/wrtwestcoast. The tournament will kick off with a charity Pro-Am doubles event, where amateurs match up with a WRT pro player in a round-robin style event.

In addition to bringing some of the biggest names in racquetball to the Bay Area, the West Coast Championship provides a platform for those new to the sport to showcase and grow their skills. The City encourages amateur players of all ages to register for this fun event at bit.ly/wrtwestcoast. The tournament will kick off with a charity Pro-Am doubles event, where amateurs match up with a WRT pro player in a round-robin style event.

The tournament is free for spectators and will include entertainment, giveaways and contests. Fans can view the West Coast Championship through Facebook Live streaming on the WRT Facebook Page (@WorldRballTour) during the Round of 16s on Friday. The WRT will also have a free, professional broadcast of the tournament beginning with the quarter- and semi- finals on Saturday and ending on Sunday with the finals. The WRT broadcast is free to watch at WorldRacquetballTour.com

About the World Racquetball Tour
The WRT is a professional racquetball tour dedicated to growing the sport by providing a world-class platform for players to showcase their talents and develop their careers. The WRT creates a fair and equitable playing environment for these athletes to thrive. The tour works closely with local communities to build events that attract not only pros but players of all levels to encourage all aspects of athleticism, diversity and fair play.

As an organization, the WRT is dedicated to:

  • Promote health and fitness via the exciting sport of racquetball
  • Expand racquetball growth and exposure around the world
  • Increase player development both during, and after, their careers
  • Make the sport more accessible to economically challenged players and their communities


 
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