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VGC '13 Season to Include 3 Regional Dates

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blog-playRegional.jpgWe have trusted sources that have given us dates indicating that the regional format is changing slightly yet again for the next season of the Pokemon Video Game Championships. The fall regionals are being moved to October as we previously reported and that's to make room for an additional winter regional in January. The spring regional will be staying in April. So far we have heard the following information (anything without Unconfirmed means the PTO has confirmed the date and location):

Fall

October 14th, 2012

  • Indiana (Ft. Wayne - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum)
  • Northern California (San Jose - Santa Clara County Fairgrounds)
  • Ontario (Toronto - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Airport)
  • Pennsylvania (Philadelphia - Philadelphia Convention Center)
  • Texas (Houston - Westin Memorial City)

Winter

January 20th, 2013

Spring

April 14th, 2013


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    • By spookees
      2016-2017 Arizona TCG & VG Regional Championships
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      · PLEASE NOTE: ALL players must be in the registration line NO LATER THAN THE END of the Registration time listed above. If you arrive later or get in line later than this time, you may receive a first round loss or denied entry to the event. Don't be late!
      ALL TCG & VG Players meeting: 9:30am ish
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