DCI Championships Moved To Indiana University
April 4, 2008
We knew all along that there was the possibility that a construction project as big as this, spanning over four years, could potentially not come in exactly on schedule. The DCI Championships were scheduled to be the first event in the new stadium.
With this possibility in mind, we have had fall-back plans in development all along, and they are being implemented starting tonight.
"The 10 year commitment we (DCI) has made to Indianapolis, and they have in turn made to us, is still a tremendous opportunity for us. In my opinion, it is one the most significant decisions we have ever made in DCI. Although this development is disappointing and frustrating, it does not tarnish the promise the future holds for us in Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium." said Greg Orwoll, Colts Executive Director and DCI Board of Directors member. "We have completed the move of the DCI offices and operations to Indy, and are up and running already."
Following is the official news release from DCI, issued earlier this evening. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns on this, or anything else for that matter.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL)
2008 DRUM CORPS INTERNATIONAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
RELOCATED TO INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Memorial Stadium in Bloomington will play host to Marching Music's Major League" as it showcases the world's finest marching music ensembles
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - April 04, 2008 - Drum Corps International (DCI), the non-profit event producer and sanctioning body for the world's most elite and exclusive marching ensembles for student musicians, today announced the relocation of its 2008 World Championships to the massive 52,000-seat Memorial Stadium, on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
The event was originally scheduled to be held in the new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which will not be available in time for this year's premiere event in the world of marching music.
"Since the planning process began more than two years ago, we've realized that the possibility existed that the new stadium might not be ready in time to accommodate our 2008 World Championships," said Dan Acheson, Executive Director and CEO of Drum Corps International. "Unfortunately, as we found out this afternoon from a local news outlet, stadium construction officials have determined that the stadium will not be ready in time for our event this summer. We're a bit frustrated that we were 'scooped' on learning of this development, as we had no direct knowledge prior to the announcement that a change of venue was imminent. The notification occurring in this manner was not what any of those directly involved with our World Championships events had intended."
Contingency Plans in Place
As a part of the detailed planning process surrounding the annual Drum Corps International World Championships events, University and other officials from various community and governmental agencies have been working closely with DCI representatives to ensure a seamless process in the event of exactly such a possibility.
Tickets for the 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships at Bloomington will go on sale as soon as possible. Updated information will be released to corps directors and fans in the coming days regarding specific plans for the shift to the IU campus. Fans are urged to check DCI.org regularly for additional information.
Championship Preparations Underway
"Now that we know that Bloomington will be our home for the culmination of our 2008 Summer Tour, we're all looking forward to an exciting 2008 World Championships at an impressive venue in its own right," Acheson continued. "Clearly, there are many issues that we're moving quickly to address, and we're appreciative of our loyal fans who continue to be patient as we work to create a championship experience worthy of the exceptional performers of Drum Corps International's outstanding units. We're confident that the 2008 World Championships week activities will serve as merely the latest chapter in a tremendous legacy, and will contribute to the foundation of a long and deeply rewarding relationship with the fine people of the state of Indiana."
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