Two weeks of table tennis set with World Table Tennis Junior Challenge coming in June

HUNTSVILLE, AL – The Rocket City will be the epicenter of the table tennis world for two weeks in the summer of 2024 as Huntsville has been awarded the World Table Tennis Youth Contender and the USA Table Tennis Nationals.

               “We welcome all of the participants from around the world coming to Huntsville to compete and represent their country,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.  “We look forward to crowning a new set of national champions and providing them a memorable championship experience in our Downtown.”

               The USA Table Tennis Nationals will be July 3-7, 2024 – taking over South Hall at the Von Braun Center with more than 80 courts as all of the national champions will be crowned throughout the week.  The Nationals have been hosted for the past two years at the Fort Worth Convention Center, bringing more than 800 participants to the event.

               “We have been impressed with the venue and hospitality from the Huntsville community and look forward to bringing these two events to the city in 2024,” said Virginia Sung, CEO of USA Table Tennis.  “This is a great opportunity for us to continue to grow our sport as well as give our Olympians a final tune-up before they head to France to compete in the Olympics.”

               Before the national championships, more than 100 of the top junior players from around the world will compete in the World Table Tennis Youth Contender that will be hosted at the Athletic Club Alabama indoor complex.

               “Hosting a national championship is a special opportunity for our destination and we look forward to USA Table Tennis filling our city next summer,” said Jennifer Moore, President & CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

               The two weeks of events is expected to generate more than $2 million in economic impact with more than 3,000 room nights during the holiday weekend, traditionally a slow time for the hospitality community.

               “We appreciate the faith that the USA Table Tennis has in our team to host these two major events,” said Mark Russell, executive director of the Huntsville Sports Commission.  “It is exciting to host the national championships and we look forward to helping table tennis grow in the Southeast.”