11 things you ought to know about Winter Guard International Championships by the numbers
Amelia Robinson Staff Writer
The Winter Guard International is taking over Dayton to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Color guard teams from around the world will perform April 6-8. Percussion groups compete April 20-22. Wind groups competes April 22-23.
Bart Woodley, the director of operations and sponsor relations for WGI, said the event just keeps getting bigger and better.
” We have more participants, more parents and more spectators,” Woodley said.
The result is a two weekend event that has an $19 million impact on the region’s economy.
Events will be held at the University of Dayton Arena, 1801 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton; Wright State University’s Nutter Center, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn; BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Dr.in Newport, Ky and Miami University Millett Hall, 500 E. Sycamore St. Oxford.
WGI has committed to remaining in the Dayton area through 2019.
It is a big deal.
Not only is it entertaining as heck, but competitors and spectators fill local hotel rooms, restaurants and other businesses.
Here is a look at the championships by the numbers:
338 — the number of teams that will participated color guard championships
235 —the number of drum line teams that are participating in percussion championships
35 — wind groups
60,000 — the number of people the competitions draw
Then Northmont High School senior Brittany Logan gets a victory hug after becoming the 2008 Scholastic Open Class World Champions, with a final score of 96.50 during the finals of Winter Guard International finals at the University of Dayton Arena, Saturday, April 12, 2008. (Contributed photo by Peter Wine)
31 — the number of years University of Dayton has hosted parts of the championship
MBI out of St. Paul, MN performs during the Winter Guard International Finals, Saturday, April 9, 2011, at UD Arena, in Dayton. (Photo by Robert Leifheit/Contributing Photographer)
40 — the number of years the championship has taken place
Stephanie Davis, 15, (left) and Chelsea Coughnoor, 15, both then freshmen at Miamisburg High School celebrate Saturday night at UD Arena after judges announced Miamisburg 1998 Winter Guard International World Champions in the Scholastic World Class division. (Archive photo by Eustacio Humphrey)
13,000 — the number of performers in last year’s color guard and percussion championships
The Cypress Falls High School color guard team, of Houston, Texas catch their flags as they compete in the Scholastic World prelims of the 2007 Winter Guard International Color Guard World Championships. (Ron Alvey, Dayton Daily News)
9 to 12 — the number of hours some color guards practice a week (teams practice more weeks when there are competitions.)
Bellbrook High School indoor percussion team at Winter Guard International Percussion World Championships in 2013. (Ty Greenlees, Dayton Daily News)
6 — the number of countries that will be represented in competitions this week and next: The United States, Canada, Japan, Sweden, The Netherlands and Thailand
The Cast of upstate S. Carolina performs during the Winter Guard International Finals, Saturday, April 9, 2011, at UD Arena, in Dayton. (Photo by Robert Leifheit/Contributing Photographer)
219 — the number of volunteers that help run the event both weekends
The winter guard team from Springboro High School strikes a pose while competing in the Dayton regional finals of the Winter Guard International Sport of the Arts held at the University of Dayton Arena in 2007. (Lisa Powell, Dayton Daily News)