Ringette Canada has selected Ottawa as the location for the 2020 Canadian Ringette Championships.
The event will be held April 5-11, 2020 and will see between 40 and 48 teams from across the country competing in three divisions: U16, U19 and the National Ringette League (NRL) division (19+).
"The Ottawa host committee, comprised of the City of Ottawa Ringette Association, Ottawa Tourism and the City of Ottawa, presented a very strong bid package, with strong support from ringette associations in the surrounding areas," said Natasha Johnston, Executive Director, Ringette Canada. "We are confident that our athletes and fans will be treated to a memorable experience in Ottawa and we look forward to working with this group to deliver an outstanding event in 2020."
More than 3,000 visitor are expected to visit the region for the tournament.
The 2020 championships will be held at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, the Richcraft Sensplex, and the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, with the gold medal games taking place at TD Place.
"Ottawa is proud to host the 2020 Canadian Ringette Championships and to welcome Canada's best ringette players to the nation's capital," said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. "Our city has a strong ringette history and community, along with a number of vibrant clubs and associations."
The event will be the 42nd national ringette championships, and represents the second time the Ottawa region has hosted, with the 1996 event being held in Gloucester. Ottawa also hosted the 2007 World Ringette Championships.
"Hosting this important Ringette Canada event will provide the opportunity to showcase elite athletes in Canada's capital, and generate considerable economic impact and media visibility for the City of Ottawa," said Michael Crockatt, President & CEO, Ottawa Tourism. "We were pleased to support the Host Organizing Committee with the bid and know that Ottawa will prove to be a magnificent setting for the event. We wish the committee every success and we look forward to working with them as hosts for the 2020 Canadian Ringette Championships."
The 2019 championships will be held from April 7-13 in Charlottetown/Summerside, PEI.