The Big Easy, Jan 22-24, 2016- The WPH Live TV team takes to the highway once again as the new year turns, this time heading to the bayou state of Louisiana. Paul Brady, Sean Lenning, Luis Moreno, Emmett Peixoto, Mando Ortiz, David Fink, Stephen Cooney, Daniel Cordova and a ban of top performing qualifiers will all vie for the $5,000 first place cash trophy and over $15k in the purse. Pro Players and qualifiers can enter on line <HERE> …meanwhile, the amateurs, age division and other skill levels will use the paper entry, HERE>
Amateur, age division and skill level players, please contact the local director, Robert Caluda (504) 452-9255 ~ email@example.com
Pros & Pro Qualifiers and ESPN/WPH Live Filming Questions, please contact David Vincent (520) 336-7969 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org or R48Pro Player Rep, David Fink @ email@example.com ***Do you want to play in the qualifiers? It is open to the first 32 players (then gets capped). All R48Pro Rules, Rankings et al, HERE>
ESPN3 & the WatchESPN app will be streaming handball action on Saturday & Sunday, January 23rd & 24th, with WPH Live Plus members receiving other filming options if ESPN regional blackouts occur. All filming details at www.race4eight.com
Friday, January 22nd – WPH Pro Qualifiers begin at 9am; Pro Top 16 matches start after 2pm; Amateurs/Skill/Age divisions/non-pros will be ready to play by 4pm
Saturday, January 23rd – WPH Pro Quarters, WPH Semifinalists and all non-pro/Amateur/Skill/Age-division continue
Sunday, January 24th – WPH Pro Playoff Finals, 1st place finals and all non pro finals
Message from tournament host, Bob Caluda:
Enclosed please find an entry form for our New Orleans Mardi Gras Open and WPH professional Race4Eight Stop. We hope you have the opportunity to come to New Orleans and enjoy our great city.
I’m sad to report that we have very few active handball players in the entire New Orleans metropolitan area. Financing for this tournament is extremely difficult for such a small group and we are requesting your help with donations to help sponsor this amazing event (payable to New Orleans Handball Association).
We, of course, would also like you to participate in the tournament and/or attend as a spectator. The Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel (managed by one of our handball players) offers a great rate for the tournament; a suite rate of $119 .00 per night for executive tower suites and $89.00 per night for regular and deluxe annex rooms. The Best Western Plus Landmark is about a 10-15 minute drive from Elmwood Fitness Center (the tournament site). The Best Western is located at 2601 Severn Avenue in Metairie (telephone number 504-888-9500). When you reserve, the room block is under Mardi Gras Handball Tournament. Within a 5 minute walking distance of the Elmwood Fitness Center is a Hampton Inn by Hilton; located at 5150 Mounes Blvd in Harahan, LA (telephone number is 504-733-5646).
Look forward to seeing you soon. – Bob Caluda, Tournament Director
Tournament Venue Location: Elmwood Fitness Center, 1200 South Clearview Parkway #1200, New Orleans, LA 70123 ~ Phone:(504) 733-1600