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06-12-2002, 07:13 AM
THE COLISEUM MALL PENINSULA 9-BALL OPEN
*First UPA Sanctioned Event of 2002

UPA kicks off the year in Hampton, VA
The UPA officially announces the
first sanctioned event of the year to be the "Coliseum Mall Peninsula
9 Ball Open" in Hampton Virginia
August 7th through the 11th
of 2002.


The UPA is making history already as this will be the first major pro pool event ever inside a mall in the US.
With a venue of 122,000 sq ft provided by the Coliseum Mall, the City of Hampton and the
thousands of billiard fans on the Peninsula, are buzzing with excitement. A large center arena
is in the works along with a EXPO like perimeter surrounding
the arena. The Peninsula is also
an area already thick with APA
leagues with around 1000 active members.


It seems the Sponsors will benefit greatly from the mega advertising blitz on tap for promoting this event. What's more is the large presence of cross over sponsorship. From Burlington Coat Factory to Auntie Anne's to
Dairy Queen ( DQ) to Hampton Chevrolet Mazda ..... these big wigs are already on board.

Last year, the smaller 2001 event was won by Johnny Archer , who in the finals versus Charlie Williams, ran a record 11 straight racks to win the event. Johnny will be returning this year to defend his title in a much larger venue and crowd.

Also like last year, there will be a large charity event scheduled to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, which is slated for 5pm August 7th.

There will be an Official Site for this tournament in the coming weeks.

More about this tournament will be provided as information becomes available.

For more info on the event or the UPA goto www.upatour.com (http://www.upatour.com)

Contact the UPA at info@upatour.com or #321-276-3967

Contact the Coliseum Mall Peninsula 9-Ball Open at 757-596-0718

Vagabond
06-12-2002, 07:31 AM
Howdy,
I vaguely remember( may be 10 years ago) that in Ashland, Kentucky they held a pool tounament called King of the Hill, in a shopping Mall.Ofcourse it was not a pro tour event.Some pros did participate in it.cheers
Vagabond

PQQLK9
06-12-2002, 07:54 AM
Way to go ...what a nice venue for our sport...and with the residual of "no smoke"...makes me wanna holler...throw up both my hands...

06-12-2002, 03:00 PM
Go get 'em Charlie!!! This is a VERY good thing. (Please God, no Martha Stewart jokes here) And for Christsakes, DON"T let the boys bully you into taking the fall for them again!!! This is a big opportunity for ALL of you, don't let them blow it!!

Doctor_D
06-12-2002, 03:23 PM
Good afternoon:

It is about time that someone starting thinking outside the box !!!

Dr. D.

Alfie
06-12-2002, 11:10 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: UPA Board:</font><hr> The UPA is making history already as this will be the first major pro pool event ever inside a mall in the US.
With a venue of 122,000 sq ft provided by the Coliseum Mall, the City of Hampton and the
thousands of billiard fans on the Peninsula, are buzzing with excitement. A large center arena
is in the works along with a EXPO like perimeter surrounding
the arena. <hr></blockquote>
If the people won't go to the pool, bring the pool to the people.

C'est tres bon!

Tom_In_Cincy
06-13-2002, 01:00 PM
Great Job getting the pros to agree to go to the mall, I bet that took about a $20,000 added.. HUH?

Retardo
06-14-2002, 12:02 PM
I hope you are right but I am not so sure that Malls and casinos are the way to go.

The only way to make something happen for sure would be to have the BCA or some pool organization hire a screnwriter to write a pool "Rocky" type movie with Brad Pitt or Ben Affleck and Britney Spears as the girlfriend.

Then schedule a huge tournament in conjunction with the release, have a ton of cross promotions etc. Might break even on the movie too.

PQQLK9
06-14-2002, 02:55 PM
My vote would go for Denzel for the leading role....or maybe we can convince Spike Lee to cast Tony Robles as himself....nice NYC touch....

06-22-2002, 10:39 AM
Coca-cola has just signed on as another sponsor and will be promoting the event at the grand opening of Wal-Mart in Newport News ,VA.

The APA will also conduct Open singles qualifiers at the event.

There will also be APA Qualifiers for the Coliseum Mall Peninsula Open event . This will be open to only APA players and the winners get free entry into the tournament.

Jay M
06-22-2002, 11:19 AM
Heh, I only played one match with the APA so I'm still a 4, can I get in on the qualifiers? lol, j/k

Jay M

06-26-2002, 11:27 AM
How can I qualify to play with the pros in the tournament?

There are going to be APA qualifiers for only APA members?

Can I get a contact #?

Chris