Virginia Tech’s Division of Student Affairs, in conjunction with the Association of College Unions International, will host the national 2011 Collegiate 9-Ball Championships Friday, July 15 and Saturday, July 16 in Squires Student Center on Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg. 

The invitation-only tournament includes the top male and female billiards players from each ACUI regional tournament. It carries a top prize of $1,000. The tournament format is double-elimination, race to seven for women and race to eight for men, alternate break. About 70 players from colleges and universities throughout the United States will take part.

All tournament practice and competition will take place in the BreakZONE Recreation Center on the first floor of Squires. 

“We are especially pleased to host this event at Virginia Tech,” said Chris Lisanti, recreation services coordinator for the BreakZONE. “It underscores that we have one of the best collegiate facilities for bowling and billiards in the nation.” 

In addition to 16 9-foot Brunswick Gold Crown billiards tables and one 9-foot Pro-AM Diamond table, the BreakZONE includes bowling lanes, table tennis, foosball, shuffleboard, video games, a pro shop, and a snack bar. The EndZONE Lounge was added this spring. Students, faculty, staff, and community guests use the facility to test their skills while relaxing with friends in an alcohol-free, club-like atmosphere. The BreakZONE sponsors competitive leagues, on-site skills classes, and open play in a variety of activities throughout the academic year.

Tentative schedule of events 

Friday, July 15 

  • 10 a.m. – Registration opens and practice begins 
  • 11 a.m. – Mandatory players meeting, Colonial Hall 
  • 1 p.m. – Competition starts 
  • 10–11 p.m. – Last round (estimated) 

Saturday, July 16 

  • 9 a.m. – Practice open 
  • 10 a m. – Competition starts  
  • 7 p.m. – Dinner banquet and awards ceremony, Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center

With a visitor’s pass, parking is available in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street or the Architecture Annex Lot also on Otey Street. Parking meters within the Squires Lot will need to be paid. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor’s pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, free parking is available in the Squires Lot. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.

More information is available at the ACUI website.

Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. Its members work on urban and rural campuses, in two-year and four-year institutions, and at large and small schools. They are students and administrators whose mission is to build campus community. ACUI enriches them all through education, advocacy, and the delivery of services.



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