2016 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships October 16-22, 2016
Now there’s just three months to go before this year’s U.S. Open begins. That’s not much time. Must I remind everybody how quickly the tournament roster and hotel rooms filled last year when there was still one month to go? Don’t be left out. Make arrangements soon.
We’ve expanded the roster to 160 players this year because we had a waiting list last year. The hotel did not get any bigger, so the hotel doesn’t have any more rooms than it had last year. The TV arena seating is outselling last year’s numbers, so reserve a good seat.
The Behrman family has every intention of keeping this event going and growing for years to come. This event, in honor of the late Barry Behrman, is expected to be the best we’ve seen in many years. Pat Fleming is going to make sure of it.
Last year, 128 players competed, many from around the world. We’re getting more requests from outside the United States for formal invitations to obtain Visas. This WPA sanctioned event has $75,000 in added money qualifying it as a “Tier 2” event. $50,000 will go to the winner, as the rest of over $200,000 in prize money gets spread out to 48th place, which pays $2,000.
The Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel is excited about bringing us back. The hotel’s spacious ballroom will accommodate thirteen 9-foot Diamond pool tables and enough seating for over 500 spectators. They loved the U.S. Open last year and want us back. The Sheraton is again offering us extremely low room rates, especially for being in the heart of Norfolk. The hotel staff and the City of Norfolk, will do everything they can to make you feel welcome.
The annual BCA Hall of Fame Banquet will be held at the Sheraton on Thursday, October 20. For tickets, call Mike Panozzo at 312-341-1110 ext 2004.
Go to www.usopen9ballchampionships.com for key information with regards to player registration, VIP seating, and hotel reservations.
If you have any concerns or questions, you only have to contact one person:
Accu-Stats Video Productions
P.O. Box 299
Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
- Sanctioned by: World Pool-Billiard Association
- Play Dates: October 16-22, 2016
- Number of Entries: 160
- Entry Fee: $1,000
- Added Money: $75,000
- Total Purse: Over $200,000
- First Prize: $50,000 (with 160 players)
- Format: 9-Ball, Double Elimination, Race to 11
- Equipment: Diamond Pro-Am tables, Simonis cloth, Aramith Balls
- Site: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, Norfolk, VA 23510 USA
- Hotel Room Rate: $99.00 plus tax for a single or double
- Airport: Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
- BCA Hall of Fame Banquet tickets: call 312-341-1110 ext 2004.
- Formal Invitations will be provided when requested.
- Any questions? Contact Pat Fleming
For those of you that like extra activities, there’s plenty of Norfolk attractions with free shuttle service to most. Here’s a sampling:
American Rover Sailing Cruise Nauticus/Battleship Wisconsin
Chrysler Museum of Art Naval Station Norfolk Tour
Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Norfolk Botanical Garden
d’ART Center Norfolk History Museum
Hampton Roads Naval Museum Norfolk Fire-Rescue Museum
Hermitage Museum & Gardens Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church
Hunter House Victorian Museum Spirit of Norfolk
MacArthur Memorial Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise
Moses Myers House Virginia Zoo