By Sarah Gleason
Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Flag Football World Championship Tour Battle Ohio will bring as many as 100 flag football teams to Batavia from across the Midwest November 10 and 11. Play will be at Olympic Fields, formerly known as the Red Barn fields.
The FFWCT Battle Ohio is an open invitation tournament with teams of five-versus-five and eight-versus-eight. Teams compete for a chance to play in the 2019 World Championships at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“We are excited to work with FFWCT and Olympic Fields to bring this adult Ohio flag football championship tournament to Batavia and Clermont County,” said Clermont Convention and Visitors Bureau President Jeff Blom.
As part of the Flag Football World Championship Tour, the Battle Ohio competition will bring up to 100 teams, 1,500 players and more than 500 hotel room nights to Clermont County.
Nick Baker, General Manager of the Holiday Inn & Suites Cincinnati – Eastgate, said his hotel is “beyond excited to have the Flag Football championships coming to Clermont County.”
“This is a great piece of business for a need time for all hotels in the county,” Baker said. “Something I am always challenging the CVB to do is to fill rooms in November through February, and by booking the Flag Football Championships they have definitely helped our November look a lot better.”
Olympic Fields will have food trucks and local breweries on site during the tournament, said Olympic Fields Manager Amy Brewer.
“We are enhancing the player and spectator experience by bringing in several food trucks and local craft breweries for the tournament. And we are thrilled to be extending our business season, which typically ends in October, into November,” Brewer said.
Sports driven tourism is on the verge of a major boost in Clermont County with the recent announcement by FC Cincinnati that it wants to build a $30 million soccer training complex and academy in Milford.
“The CVB’s sports marketing strategy is designed to bring sporting events – such as soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, rowing and other sports — and athletes of all ages to Clermont County,” Blom said.
The tournament is open to local teams. For more information about the FFWCT and the tournament is available at www.ffwct.com.