DCA To Stay In Rochester For 2010/2011
DCA President Gil Silva and the DCA Executive Board are pleased to announce that the DCA World Championships will be staying in Drum Corps Friendly Rochester, New York for at least 2 more years. The 2009 championship completes a record setting 4 year run in Rochester. Inquiries and bids were received from a number of different areas. However, in the end and weighing all issues, the Executive Board chose a new 2 year bid from the “Visit Rochester” visitor and convention bureau.
Many had anticipated a move to a different area. However, Rochester Mayor, Robert Duffy and County Executive, Maggie Brooks both arrived at the December Rules Congress Meeting and promised to do whatever it takes to keep the championship in Rochester. This direct involvement and support from the primary local political leaders created an atmosphere of success, which will allow the DCA Championships in 2010 and 2011 to continue to grow and prosper. It will continue to be the fan-friendly event we have all become used to.
Rochester Rhinos Stadium (formerly Paetec Park) has received an influx of government money and will sport new VIP areas for the 2009 championship. Ron Clark, owner of the Rhinos and his crew are unquestionably the most supportive local stadium crew any drum corps organization has ever worked with. The Rochester Police Department remains most cooperative and provides a security cooperation level that is beyond anything ever seen before. The Riverside Convention Center People continue to provide a major league facility for the I&E and Mini Corps Championship events. The City will continue to block Main Street turning the heart of Rochester into Drum Corps Central on Friday of the long Championship Weekend.
Visit Rochester with the support of both the local governments and many of the hotels in the area will continue to be the focal point of all preparations for the championship weekend. President Silva, in addition to pointing out the cooperation of Mayor Duffy and County Executive Brooks advised that the efforts of the Visit Rochester people were critical to the success of their 2010/11 bid. He also wanted to thank DCA Championship Coordinator, Allen Buell for his tireless efforts over the last 12 months to insure that DCA would have the best possible facilities through 2011 for both the corps and the fans.
He went on to add that the search for a 2010/11, championship site has coincided with the economic collapse and deepening recession. During these difficult times, the economy has and will continue to affect everything we do. Under these trying circumstances, the prudent decision was to stay in Rochester for 2 more years. Its drum corps friendly confines, excellent bid and highest of cooperation levels made staying in Rochester not only the best choice, but the smart choice for everyone – fans and corps alike.