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NATIONAL CONVENTION OVERVIEW

Location: Huntington Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota

This year, the Convention heads to Minneapolis, Minnesota! Thanks to our hosts, The University of Minnesota, we will be hosting the 7th Annual NAECAD National Convention at Huntington Bank Stadium.

Huntington Bank Stadium is the home for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and boasts an incredible facility to house the Convention. 

Location: 420 23rd Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

June 19th: Pre-Convention

Main Features:

– NETWORKING: Open social area with food and drinks to network and meet up with friends and peers you usually only see online.

– FUN EVENTS: We are planning a couple organized activities to allow attendees to experience Minneapolis.

– PRIVATE MEETING ROOMS: We will have private meeting rooms available for groups to get together. These are intended to help with yearly planning and facilitating discussions in person. 

-INTRODUCTORY PD TRACK – We have moved all entry-level material to a 4 hour pre-convention workshop to allow for deeper discussion and learning during the Convention. This track will allow newer professionals to get up to speed on the basics before the convention kicks off.

June 20th: Day 1 of the Convention

Main Features:

-VENDOR EXPO: Meet with all of the organizations, leagues, and companies that support esports through competition, hardware, software, and more.

-PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: For day 1, we will be organizing multiple panels of industry representative at the highest level. These session will be aimed at tackling your hard-hitting questions and issues that arose in 23-24 and providing discussion around how you can build value in yourself, your program, and your school.

-AWARDS BANQUET: This year we are introducing a wide range of new awards aimed at elevating the hard work our members do day-to-day as well as our annual Coach of the Year and Director of the Year awards. We will also be adding a brand new award that will be announced closer to the event.

June 21st: Day 2 of the Convention

Main Features:

– TWO TRACKS TO CHOOSE FROM: COACHING OR ADMINISTATIVE
-COACHING TRACK: We will be bringing in a top level coach from Rocket League, Overwatch 2, League of Legends, and Valorant to lead game-specific clinics throughout the day
-ADMINISTRATIVE TRACK: We will be organizing small group discussion around ways to improve, grow, and organize your program to build more value for stakeholders and students.