Archery competitors and teams from around the country will descend on Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Hoyt Archery Tuscaloosa Pro/Am.
The three-day tournament kicks off Friday morning at the new Northridge Pavilion. About 1,500 shooters from many different states will participate in the Archery Shooters Association's tournament.
Many of the competitors have already arrived and are spending some time practicing. They include men and women of a wide range of ages.
There are safety measures in place to protect spectators and people in the surrounding areas. For instance, the archers shoot at their targets toward the ground to control the arrows.
This is the first event at the Park and Recreation Authority's new Northridge Pavilion.
One of the reasons organizers selected Tuscaloosa to host the event is that they need a place that can handle a lot of visitors. It took about two years to select just the right location.
"You have to have the tree lines, the tree areas for the competition ranges, the parking for 800 to 1,000 cars, infrastructure to support these motor homes and campers and sponsors you see around me. So you start looking at all the different pieces, and it takes awhile to find the right opportunity," Mike Tyrell explained.
Organizers want people to come out and see what this is all about.
The event is scheduled to run all day Friday through Sunday. While the event is going on, Northridge Road will be closed from Old Colony Road to the entrance to the Oaks neighborhood.
You can find out more on the Archery Shooters Association's website: http://www.asaarchery.com.
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