In The News
Update 2-13-2014, 12:35pm EST
Below are the most frequently asked questions over the last 24 hours:
- Given the weather conditions throughout the East Coast, why can the event not be postponed to next weekend?
CHEERSPORT Nationals is a major national sporting event on par with NCAA Final Four or a major college football bowl
game. In fact, the city of Atlanta expects our economic impact to be larger than the Final Four, the SEC Championship
game and the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Game. It would be impossible to reschedule the event due to logistical issues. Our
event requires several thousand hotel rooms which are not available next weekend. The Georgia World Congress Center
is also not available next weekend. Beyond our logistical issues, we know the teams would find it very difficult, if
not impossible, to reschedule their travel.
- Why not cancel the event?
We have made the decision to move forward with the event because the Georgia World Congress Center is open and
accessible and thousands of people are able to attend the event safely. The safety of our participants and their
families is our utmost concern, and we urge all gyms and teams to use caution when determining how and if to travel.
- Is the city of Atlanta capable of handling all the people coming to CHEERSPORT? I hear the power is out.
We have received assurances from the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau that all of the facilities at the Georgia
World Congress Center and the surrounding hotels have power and the necessary roads are open. The safety of our
participants and their families is our utmost concern, and we urge all gyms and teams to use caution when determining
how and if to travel.
From the ACVB on Wednesday:
Although local media report power outages around the metro-Atlanta area, power at the Georgia World Congress Center
and CHEERSPORT partner hotels remained functioning today.
We are optimistic that conditions will improve as warmer temperatures move in on Friday. Call 511 or visit
http://budurl.com/ATLTrafficMap for the latest travel alerts and to view a real-time traffic map.
Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is in communication with local area businesses for their latest updates
throughout the week. We encourage you to follow @ATLmeetings and #OpeninATL for the latest information on local
restaurant and attractions hours.
- Is CHEERSPORT going to be ready to host the event?
Absolutely. CHEERSPORT officials are currently on site and preparing for the event as normal.
- What is your refund policy if attendees are not able to attend CHEERSPORT Nationals due to inclement weather?
If teams are not able to get to Atlanta due to weather issues, we will work with the coaches/gym owners to either
apply a credit to an upcoming event or refund the competition fees.
Update 2-12-2014, 7:45pm EST
CHEERSPORT officials are on the ground in Atlanta, and at this time, all plans for the event are proceeding as
scheduled. If there are any changes to the schedule, it will be posted on this page.
If teams or individuals are unable to attend due to adverse weather conditions (including flight cancellations and
hazardous conditions), CHEERSPORT will work directly with gym owners to offer an opportunity to either receive a
refund or a credit to a future CHEERSPORT or Varsity All Star event.
We are in regular communication with gym owners and coaches regarding their specific concerns. Please continue to
check this page for the latest information, including a list of frequently asked questions that is in development
The safety of our participants and their families is our utmost concern, and we urge all gyms and teams to use
caution when determining how and if to travel.