Annual Spring Tournament Begins in Memphis
For the first time in its seventy-five years of existence the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) will hold its annual Spring North American Bridge Championships (NABC) in Memphis, Tenn. Tournament play will be held at the Cook Convention Center from March 15 – 25 and upwards of 4,000 duplicate bridge players from around the world will gather in the Birthplace of Rock-n-Roll, some obtaining special visas and traveling from as far as China. The NABC brings an estimated $10 million in revenue to the city – making the event Memphis’s largest economic impact convention in 2012.
“We’re excited to be in Memphis for our annual Spring tournament,” said CEO, Robert Hartman. “The ACBL is headquartered in nearby Horn Lake, and we are pleased to attract the world’s finest bridge players to the North American Championships, right here in the Mid South.”
The NABC, one of three sponsored annually by the ACBL, features games for players of all skill levels daily and social bridge players are always welcome. Many bridge players stay the entirety of the ten-day tournament, which is why the convention’s economic impact is so great. In celebration of the ACBL’s 75th Anniversary, the nation’s only Bridge Museum, located at ACBL headquarters in Horn Lake, Miss., is open free to the public during regular business hours of 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information about the NABC, and full schedule of events, visit www.acbl.org/nabc/.