This year, the WUCC was originally scheduled to take place in London, but complications forced the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) to look for another venue. After the 2018 success, Warren County topped the list of alternate hosts.
Essentially, Huffman said, the plan is to hold the same tournament again, four years later.
“Same people, same place, same domain, same everything,” Huffman said. “We are going to relaunch the event. We are really lucky to have him back here this summer.
Liz Anderson, director of communications for this year’s WUCC and director of operations for Cincinnati Ultimate, said Cincinnati Ultimate provided the bulk of the volunteers and submitted the actual bid to bring the tournament to Warren County.
Huffman said Warren County and Cincinnati Ultimate have a long history of hosting Ultimate tournaments together.
The scale of these tournaments grew from high school championships to hosting the National College Championships – a showcase of ultimate frisbee broadcast by ESPN – which eventually secured a partnership with USA ultimate, the national governing body for ultimate frisbee.
These partnerships, coupled with America’s usual dominance in the sport and the WFDF’s desire to bring the WUCC to the United States, were behind what made Southwest Ohio a sort of a hot spot for organized top-level ultimate in 2018.
Huffman expects similar economic results to the last time the WUCC came to town.
“We hosted 4,000 people here for approximately 12 days, which generated over $10 million in spend in our community and over 15,000 hotel nights. It’s one of the biggest events we’ve ever worked on.
The annual Western and Southern Open tennis tournament held in Mason is the largest professional sporting event in the county, but for amateur sports, “…it’s by far the biggest event we’ve ever hosted,” said Huffman.
Additionally, the work of Cincinnati Ultimate helped increase interest in the sport in Southwestern Ohio.
“Growth in our region has also been very strong,” Huffman said. “The folks at Cincinnati Ultimate have done a great job locally getting the kids playing.”
Anderson said that while the largest ultimate communities tend to be on the West Coast, Southwest Ohio is one of the largest communities outside of that group and attendance is increasing again after the COVID.
“Cincinnati, in particular, of the many surrounding states, has the most thriving community,” Anderson said. “We have a lot of adult leagues, we have a pretty comprehensive high school program with a lot of schools in the area.”
As for the tournament, Anderson said she was thrilled with the atmosphere.
“Anyone who has ever been to a tournament like this remembers how fun and happy everyone is,” Anderson said. “Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it’s really fun and I’m really looking forward to being there all week and being with the players.”