Upcoming Decatur archery tournament to host U.S. Olympians

Published: Sep. 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM CDT
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The 2015 Outdoor Nationals will be held at Decatur's Jack Allen complex. (Source: WAFF)
The 2015 Outdoor Nationals will be held at Decatur's Jack Allen complex. (Source: WAFF)

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - A major sporting event is coming to the Tennessee Valley. Among the competitors will be some who'll compete in the 2016 Olympics.

In the world of competitive archery, this is the biggest event in the United States, and in 2015, it will be held in Decatur.

The Decatur/Morgan County Convention And Visitors Bureau made the announcement Tuesday morning at the Jack Allen Recreational Complex, where the event will be held.

The 2015 Outdoor Nationals is a combination of the U.S. National Target Championships, The U.S. Open, and the Junior Olympic Development Championships. Most of those who will be on the 2016 US archery team in Rio De Janeiro will be competing.

The CVB president said there will be more than 1,500 athletes, family members, and supporters in town for the 6-day event, and they estimate that will mean up to $3 million for the local economy.

We talked with the CEO of USA Archery about why they selected Decatur.

"The Jack Allen Recreation Center is first rate," said Denise Parker. "It provides us the space and field usage that we need. Second to that, we can't do it without some sort of community support. A great CVB, great hotel packages, and hospitality -a community that embraces our organization."

The 2015 USA Archery Outdoor Nationals will take place July 1-5 at the Jack Allen Complex.

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