The U.S. Cricket Open is the annual open-formatted cricket tournament sponsored by Cricket Council USA (CCUSA), a leading sports and entertainment management company, in the sunny, tropical setting of South Florida. The U.S. Cricket Open serves as a conduit to the ever-growing American cricket fan base, and offers a lucrative revenue stream to its investors, advertisers and underwriters. It is scheduled in December to enable all the cricket leagues to finish their seasons and for the qualifier tournaments to be played throughout the year, thus culminating with the prestigious U.S. Cricket Open Championship. The venue is America’s first and only Cricket Stadium, and it is located at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida.
All matches of the U.S. Cricket Open are played in the new T20 cricket format, which places a premium on speed, power and strategy. T20 cricket is fan, spectator, and TV-friendly in that each match is played in less than three hours much like football and baseball games. American sports fans are accustomed to these shorter, action-packed competitions. The U.S. Cricket Open format caters to all levels of cricket player expertise. Much like the “Open” format of major U.S. Golf and Tennis Opens, qualifying cricket teams all have the same opportunity for success no matter the variance in talent or skill. The U.S. Cricket Open has the distinction as the only Open-formatted team competition in the USA. The United Chargers won the 2010 U.S. Cricket Open and engrave themselves a spot in American sports history, deservedly hoisting up the impressive Championship Trophy and the handsome prize check of $25,000.00.
The first U.S. Cricket Open was played on December 4-6, 2009 at the same Cricket Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida. It was created, hosted, marketed and managed by Cricket Council USA (CCUSA), which has been introducing, promoting and developing the sport of cricket throughout the USA for ten years. The 2009 Open had a ten-team field from a cross-section of the United States. The history-making, winning team of the inaugural U.S. Cricket Open was the Washington Tigers. This D.C. area team was bolstered by Team USA players, including Steve Matthias and Rashard Marshall, its captain Dawood Ahmad. The Tigers received a winning check for $10,000.00.
In 2011, the U.S. Cricket Open will have thirty two (32) teams from combined with former international, national and local stars converging in beautiful South Florida to leave their mark in American sports history. Over 700 players, coaches, support staff, media and officials will visit South Florida for this year tournament.
We anticipate that over 10,000 fans will attend this Cricket Extravaganza over the 4-day period. There will be live webcasting of this “one-of-a-kind” prestigious tournament. Cricket Council USA will be promoting this event using an integrated marketing campaign utilizing television, radio, print and the internet.
For registration, investment and more information on the U.S. Cricket Championship Series, call 561-361-1700 or visit the Cricket Council USA website at www.cricketcouncilusa.com.