by Alex Benepe | November 25th, 2011
Slider photo (below) by Jasmine Haefner
The Stony Brook University team is hosting a Northeast Tournament on Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at Stony Brook in Long Island, NY.
Veteran team commissioner Daniel Ahmadizadeh is organizing the event, and he’s gained the backing of the school, a key play in any successful event. The games will be taking place on the school’s intramural fields (where the rugby, field hockey, and frisbee teams play and compete), and the school is bringing in bleachers, EMT’s, and other preparations and amenities for the tournament, along with SBU’s dance squad and other local bands to perform.
Commish Dan is most notably restricting his school to just one home-team. “I’ve noticed at other tournaments, where hosting schools put in multiple teams, they end up not having enough staff, or causing visiting teams to feel that the tournament is unfair. We’ve learned from that and we’re going to do things differently.” Dan and the Stony Brook crew are going to focus on staffing instead, to keep the event running smoothly. Even Dan, a member of the division 1 basketball program at SBU, will be staying out of the games to help organize the tournament. “We want this event to be the largest event in the northeast this spring,” he says. And the more teams that commit, the more support the school will give. The school newspaper, TV station, clubs, and administration are all ready to start promoting the event and bring a large local and student turnout.
SBU will be providing housing for a limited number of the first teams to sign up, and has local hotel information for the rest.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org now to reserve a spot!