DCI Championships return to Orlando in 2003

by Kelly Bitter, DCW assistant editor

Drum Corps International Championships will return to Orlando, FL, in 2003, DCI Executive Director Dan Acheson said. The decision was announced at the June 22 show in Orlando.

Acheson said the event will be held Aug. 4-9, 2003 at the Citrus Bowl stadium, the same location as when championships were held in Orlando in 1996, ’97 and ’98. However, unlike those three years, DCI expects this return to Orlando will be a one-year event. They are currently working on other locations for the 2004 championships, with Buffalo, NY, and Denver, CO, as the current front-runners. DCI Championships could return to Orlando once again in 2006 if all goes well.

Acheson said DCI chose Orlando because it’s one of the few markets where there has been significant and consistent growth in attendance. DCI will partner with Walt Disney World Resorts and a new partner, Central Florida Sports Commission, to make the championships event financially feasible. Discussion on the scope of the event and how it will impact downtown Orlando has been going on for a little over a year, Acheson said.

Fans will be able to order tickets to the 2003 Championships beginning August 8, 2002.

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