It’s pretty rare to host a national championship of any kind, let alone one that will attract participants from across the United States and USAFL Comes to Dublin Ohio abroad.

The Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Dublin worked collaboratively for more than a year in an effort to land the United States Australian Rules Football National Championship right here in Dublin. We found out this week that Dublin was not only selected to host the 2013 National Championship but also the 2012 49th Parallel Cup, which is an annual event that features the United States National Team vs. the Canadian National Team. The event includes competition from both men and women. If you haven’t seen this sport, it is worth taking a look!  Both events will be open to the public.

These events translate into big business for Dublin – an estimated $2 million in economic impact will be spent by visitors and participants to these two events. The 2013 U.S. Australian Rules Football National Championship will be held in the fall at Darree Fields in Dublin and will attract teams from across North America and abroad. The annual championships include a variety of divisions for men and women and attract clubs representing more than 40 cities across the United States.

As you can imagine, securing these national championships was extremely competitive. Dublin competed against numerous cities across the United States and Canada. In the end, the tournament selected Dublin because of “tremendous facilities, passion and past history of hosting world-class events.” I’m not sure there are too many cities across the world with a population of only 42,000 that are hosts to so many international events – Memorial Tournament, Dublin Irish Festival, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, Can-Am Police Fire Games and now the U.S. Australian Rules Football National Championship – just to name a few!

To learn more about these events, visit

~Post by Scott

It’s been three years in the planning. Now, it’s finally here. In just a few days, 750 police, fire and law enforcement officials from around the world will come to Dublin Ohio to compete in the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games (Aug. 15-21).  They will be coming from as far away as New Zealand and Bulgaria and as close as Columbus, Gahanna and Dublin–representing 38 states and provinces and nine countries. They will face-off against fellow public safety service personnel in 45 Olympic-style events including Police K9, SWAT and Toughest Firefighter Alive.  They will generate approximately $3.5 million to the local economy.

The free, family friendly Opening Ceremonies (4:30-9 pm Sunday, August 15) will offer the public the opportunity to come out to honor and support these dedicated men and women. The event will be held on the South Lawn of Coffman Park (5200 Emerald Pkwy) in Dublin OH.  Activities will include touch-a-truck, police cars, motorcycles & EMS vehicles, SWAT displays, antique fire engines, a free concert by Phil Dirt and the Dozers, inflatables for the kids, Medflight & Ohio State Patrol helicopters, a police K9 Demo, a Police vs. Fire tug-o-war, Cyrill-Scott Pipes & Drums, Washington Twp. Color Guard, a welcome from Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider, singing of the National Anthem, an appearance by the Grand Leprechaun AND food and drink.  Community groups of 6-8 people can (for a donation) face-off in the tug-of-war agains the Police or Fire teams.

The best thing that the Can-Am Games will bring to Dublin? Lots of camaraderie–amongst competitors, fans and the community. Don’t miss this exciting event.  Visit or call 800/245-8387 for details.

-Post by Mary

While 2009 may be coming to a close, many of us are looking ahead to 2010 … including the hundreds of police, firefighters and EMS personnel who
will be attending the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games in Dublin, Ohio during the week of August 15-22.

To date, competitors from more than 100 different police and fire agencies have registered. These include the FBI, Calgary Police Service, Chicago Fire Department, Baton Rouge Police Department, CBP-United States Border Patrol, Correctional Service of Canada, Columbus Division of Police, Department of Homeland Security, Indianapolis Fire Department, Department of National Defence Canada, Federal Air Marshal Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, NYPD, Oregon State Police, New Jersey State Police, Tempe Police & Fire Departments and US Customs & Border Protection … among many others. And the list keeps growing. Daily.

During that exciting week in August, an estimated 2,500 competitors  (and their families) will travel to Dublin from across the globe to compete in 58 different sporting events—including SWAT,  Narcotics Dog, Tug of War, Karate and Toughest Competitor Alive.  The games are expected to generate an economic impact of more than $3.5 million to the local economy. Events will kick off on Sunday evening, August 15 at Coffman Park with a family friendly Opening Ceremonies featuring some amazing demonstrations. Best of all, events are free and spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer on the competitors.

So, while you are penciling in dates for your 2010 calendar—be sure to include the 2010 Can-Am Games. Really … this is going to be one unforgettable week in Central Ohio.

-Post by Mary