In a seemingly sweeping move to shift all major matches to the west coast, another major match has been moved to St George, Utah. The 2014 World Speed Shooting Championships, part of the USPSA Steel Challenge, has been moved to Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park (SUSSP). This is the same range used for the Area 1 Championships and the USPSA Handgun Nationals.
The Southern Utah Shooting Sports Park (SUSSP) is a partnership between the BLM, Washington County, 8 cities in Washington County, the NRA, and 5 non-profit organizations that run public venues on the park. SUSSP is a 501(c) non-profit organization that operates as a Special Service District of Washington County. It is a beautiful park for the sports.
While it may be a beautiful park, it’s nowhere near a major airline hub. Nobody knows why all the major matches are being shifted to the west but it sure isn’t cheap hotels and easy transportation. St George Utah is about two hours drive from Las Vegas. The USPSA Handgun Nationals also moved there from Vegas last year. It is the home of Southern Utah Practical Shooters.
If you are frustrated that the Nationals have not been shared with the east coast, or at least moved to a reasonable travel location, you are not alone. Many people from Area 6 did not go to the Nationals last year because of cost and time. It was expensive enough when it was in Las Vegas, but now its 2 hours drive beyond that. Some volunteers were spending upwards of $750 to volunteer at the Nationals and they didn’t even get to shoot it.
If you want to see the east coast get some of the pie, start asking the candidates for President what they think.