2017 AAU Girls' Basketball
5th Grade National Championships
June 28 – July 3, 2017

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Facts

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP:

Over the past 20 years West Chester Township has seen a great deal of transformation. Ideally located on I-75 in the heart of the Cincinnati-Dayton corridor, West Chester Township has grown from a tiny village into an area rich in economic growth and progress.

West Chester Township’s largest boon to the population and economy came with the opening of the Union Centre Boulevard interchange with I-75. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Union Centre Boulevard is home to modern meeting spaces, sophisticated hotels, world-famous retailers, and trendy dining venues. Coming to Union Centre Boulevard in spring 2008 is the internationally-known home furnishings retailer IKEA.

Just a short drive up I-75 is Voice of America Park. The 530-acre park is a beautiful example of the beautiful parklands found throughout West Chester. Formerly known as the federal Voice of America Bethany Relay Station, the acreage of the park was conveyed to the community for park and recreation purposes when broadcasts ceased in 1994. The tranquil Voice of America Park is home to a variety of grassland bird species and other wildlife, as well as six miles of walking and jogging trails, athletic fields and Wiggly Field Dog Park.

A canvas for the contemporary, West Chester aggressively pursues the latest technological advances to make it easy to do business – or escape it – while maintaining a special sense of community and home.

AIRPORTS:

The Kings Island / West Chester area is served my two major international airports: the Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and the Dayton International Airport (DAY).

The Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) is a major hub for Delta airlines as well as 9 other major airlines. The airport is located approximately 30 minutes south of the Kings Island / West Chester and is easily accessible from interstate I-75.

The Dayton International Airport (DAY) is located approximately 40 minutes north of the Kings Island / West Chester area. The airport hosts 12 major airlines. The airport is renowned for offering low cost flights.

Both airports are served by most major car rental companies including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

CHAMPIONSHIP VENUES:

All of the venues used for the Midwest Championships are within 5-10 minutes of each other.

The Lakota West High School gymnasium is less than 10 years old and seats over 2,800. This venue will serve as the Championship Site as well as the location for registration and the tournament offices.

The Fairfield high School Arena is one of the largest in the region seating over 3,500. Located just five minutes from Lakota West High School.

The Sports Plus venue complex features 6 basketball courts.

All venues are within 5-10 minutes of of wide variety of hotels and restaurants. The Kings Island / West Chester area has seen tremendous growth over the past five years which has led to new development of shopping and entertainment options.

ATTRACTIONS:

The major attraction is the Kings Island / West Chester area is Kings Island. This is the largest theme park in the midwest and has been recognized by Amusment Business as “the best seasonal theme park in the world”.

Other area attractions include:

Wake Nation, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, Jungle Jim’s, EnterTRAINment, Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Reds Baseball & Hall of Fame, National Underground Freedom Center, Newport on the Levee, Newport Aquarium, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Museum), LaComedia Dinner theatre, LaserKraze and more.

SHOPPING:

There are abundance of shopping choices in the area.

Streets of West Chester – Over 30 modern retailers set in an attractive setting in close proximity to the AMC movie theater and abundant restaurant choices.

Cincinnati Premium Outlets – is one of Ohio’s largest outlet center with manufacturer outlet stores. The Cincinnati Premium Outlets opened in August 2009. The high-end outlet center features designer stores such as Michael Kors, Cole Haan, Coach, Nike, and more!

Bridgewater Falls- Over 50 upscale fashion retailers, home furnishing shops and fantastic dining options in an outdoor setting.