2017 AUDL Championship Weekend: Montreal
MONTREAL - Dec. 5, 2016 — The four best ultimate teams in North America will come together in Montreal to compete in the American Ultimate Disc League’s sixth annual AUDL Championship Weekend on August 26 and 27, 2017. Get Tickets and add the event to your personal calendar by clicking on the button and adding "Championship Weekend":
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Promo trailer for Championship Weekend 2017 in Montreal, QC
The American Ultimate Disc League (AUDL) is the first and largest professional ultimate league in the world, with 24 teams throughout Canada and the United States. Championship Weekend will mark the culmination of 168 regular season games, with the best teams from each of the league’s four divisions descending upon Montreal, home of the Montreal Royal, to compete in a Final Four-styled playoff. Two semifinal games will be played on Saturday, August 26, with a championship game to follow on Sunday, August 27.
“Championship Weekend in Madison this past season set a new bar for both attendance and excitement, and we expect Montreal to raise that bar even higher,” said AUDL Commissioner Steve Gordon. “The city has a rabid ultimate community, attends Royal games in record numbers and provides the perfect backdrop for our season-crowning event. With the support of the strong Royal ownership, we expect this to be the best Championship Weekend yet. We couldn’t be more excited!”
Montréal is the largest city in Canada's Québec province with a population of around 1.65 million people. Montreal has a long and rich tradition in sports, and is home to three major professional sports organizations aside from the Royal: the Montreal Canadiens (NHL), Montreal Alouettes (CFL), and Montreal Impact (MLS). The city also plays perennial host to the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One, one of the largest auto racing events in the world each year.
A league-record 3,400 fans packed into Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wis. last August for the 2016 AUDL Championship Weekend.
“We want to beat the attendance record,” said Jean-Levy Champagne, co-owner of the Royal, referring to the previous Championship Weekend in Madison which saw 3400 fans attend the Saturday night semifinal. “We offer a great match experience that appeals to families, the ultimate community, and those curious about the sport. Our level as an organization has allowed Montreal to stand out.”
The sport of ultimate has exploded in growth in recent years—more than 5 million people participated in the sport in the U.S. in 2014, making it one of the fastest growing sports worldwide. The AUDL was established in 2012 to showcase the best athletes in ultimate.