UPSA National Skydiving Championships 2018

Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 8:00 am until Friday, Sep. 14, 2018 6:00 pm
UPSA National Skydiving Championships 2018


 ROCHELLE, IL - Chicagoland Skydiving Center (CSC) has been chosen by the United States Parachute Association (USPA) to host its largest US event: the National Skydiving Championships. The competition will take place September 4-18 at their campus at 1207 West Gurler Road, Rochelle. Winners in 10 competitive skydiving disciplines will be named National Champions, a selection of which will represent the US at the World Meet this October in Australia.

This honor is particularly special for CSC as the company celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. CSC was originally established in 1968 in Hinckley, Illinois as Chicagoland’s first skydiving school. The company moved to Rochelle in 2011, expanding to a larger facility with the specific goal to someday host the US National Championships.

USPA conducts the National Parachuting and Skydiving Championships each year to recognize national champions in the sport’s competition disciplines. CSC will host all the freefall and wingsuit events this fall. Parachuting events will compete later this year in Florida.

This venue is the 1st new host in 2 decades

Chicagoland Skydiving Center prepared a bid to host the event and presented it to the USPA Board of Directors and competition committee. The vote by the board was nearly unanimous. CSC was chosen over two previously successful host cities, making it the first new host chosen in nearly two decades.

More than 700 competitors will participate in the competition. CSC expects teams from 40 US States and 6 countries to attend. About two-thirds of the competitors will be making their first visit to Chicagoland Skydiving Center and Rochelle, IL. With the addition of coaches, families, and various supporters, approximately 1500 guests are expected to attend the meet.

“We are embracing the challenge of being a new host, ready to show USPA and the competitors hospitality they have never seen before,”, said Douglas Smith, President/CEO Chicagoland Skydiving Center. “The construction of the new facility, our growth plan, and the way I built my team were all aimed toward the goal of hosting Nationals, and now it’s coming to life” he added.

Free for spectators 

Spectators are welcome during the event, and there is no charge to watch. CSC will also be operating regular first-time jumper operations during the event for people interested in making a tandem skydive. The Flight Deck Bar & Grill on-site at CSC will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Additional food vendors will be also be attending.

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