BAFA have released a statement regarding a departure from last years venue at the Sixways Stadium in Worcester. BAFA have sited a more intimate and vibrant atmosphere as one of the reasons, essentially showing that BAFA wishes to depart from grander stadiums in favour of ones that can be sold out and provide a feeling for players that they’re playing in a championship game.
The full statement according to BAFA was:
It will see both the premier league and division one finals take place on the same day and both BUCS and BAFA are looking towards a more festival ambience with the emphasis on American-style excitement and entertainment both on and off the pitch.
The food, drink and music offering will be bigger and better. In addition, there will be a retail and exhibition area for the purchase of merchandise and memorabilia. We are also excited to announce both finals will be live streamed on the BUCS You Tube channel.
Guy Kersey, Leicester Falcons President, who has organised and run highly successful Britbowls in the past, will be leading the project for BAFA using his knowledge and experience as an events professional.
Jenny Morris, Head of Sport Delivery & Performance for BUCS, says: “We’re absolutely thrilled at the prospect of heading to Loughborough for the BUCS American Football Championship and Trophy Finals 2019, because it’s a town synonymous with sporting prowess and a venue that will undoubtedly provide a thrilling spectacle for players, coaches, and fans alike. The stage is once again set for a showcase event highlighting the very best within University Football, but we’re confident this one in Loughborough will be the best yet!”
BAFA Operations Director, Steve Rains, adds: “We are delighted to be organising the hosting of the American Football Finals day on behalf of BUCS – at a renowned and revered sporting facility which will provide all in attendance with an amazing and rewarding experience. The smaller, arena-style venue should provide the finals with the adrenaline buzz and atmosphere they deserve and perhaps what has been missing somewhat from recent, less-than-full big stadium events”
For those who are unaware of the stadium, it is a 3,500 capacity stadium, which has seen fair use in a number of tournaments. It has hosted both football and Rugby, showing it is able to accommodate a variety of sports. Streaming by the BUCs YouTube channel seems an interesting choice, providing commentary on the game is Onside Prooductions. This is no surprising given Guy Kersey’s close links to them.
Current favourites must be the unbeaten Nottingham University team, but with the one and done format of the Playoffs, there will be an element of pressure for a team that must essentially go 11-0 on the season to win. The UWE Bullets are the number one seed in the South, but have been beaten, so will feel less pressure going in. BUCs hasn’t released any fixtures as of time of writing, but given the 2 day turnaround from last year, expect news by Wednesday.