Travel and accommodations for the JO State and Regional meet are simple this year because both meets are held here in the Portland area. Nationals will be held in Hoover, Alabama on December 10th. While we do not know for certain who will qualify for nationals, we want to provide some hotel and travel information for any of you considering making the trip.
We have reserved a block of 40 rooms at the Courtyard Birmingham/Hoover for the nights of December 8, 9 and 10 (check-in Thursday, check-out Sunday). The hotel is located 1 mile from the Meet Hotel (Embassy Suites) and about 6 miles from the race course. Our reservation includes 25 Queen/Queen rooms and 15 King/Sofa bed rooms. All rooms under our group rate are $94 per night. We can cancel the rooms up until the week before, so we suggest that if you are even considering going, you sign up for a room below. There will be 2 weeks between Regionals and when we need to cancel the rooms so you will have plenty of time to see if your son or daughter has qualified for nationals. Please note, any rooms in our block that are not spoken for by December 2nd will be canceled. We will not hold extra rooms. If you would like to reserve rooms from our team block, click the link below.
Birmingham (BHM) is the closest airport (20 miles) to our meet hotel and the race course. There are no direct flights to Birmingham (most connect through Atlanta or Dallas). Round trip tickets in and out of Birmingham are currently in the $450 - $550 range on a variety of different airlines. Atlanta (ATL) is the closest major airport (150 miles). There are currently much cheaper options for flying in and out of Atlanta. If you are looking for the cheapest travel option, especially if multiple family members are traveling, there is currently a Southwest option for $240 round trip in and out of Atlanta (this option includes a very early Sunday departure out of Atlanta). Another advantage to this option is that Southwest tickets prices are transferable at no charge, so if you booked this flight now and decided later that you didn't want to go or you wanted fly into Birmingham, you can transfer the credit.
Families will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the airport, hotel and race course. We encourage you to combine rental cars with other families going if it works for you. On Kayak.com, rental car reservations look to be about $50 - $80 total for Thursday-Sunday out of both Atlanta and Birmingham.
Let us know if you have questions.