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2016 National Tournament - Salt Lake City

2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament

Salt Lake City, Utah

Welcome from the Local Host Committee

The Sundance, Great Salt Lake, and Wasatch Districts of Utah invite you to “set your sights high” in Salt Lake City for the 2016 National Speech & Debate Tournament in June. Some may remember our last time hosting the National Tournament was in 2004. This year there will be different schools and faces eager to welcome you. Our host committee is hard at work to guarantee that this Nationals experience will be one for the books!

A beautiful and vibrant destination, Salt Lake combines unparalleled access to nature, history, and friendly hospitality. During your week stay, we hope your team will explore the many wonderful places this great state has for visitors. Near our tournament venues, you will find breathtaking hiking trails and a variety of indoor and outdoor entertainment options. Teams may also wish to visit Park City, a short 30-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake, to visit the Olympic Park which has two free museums, zip lining, bobsledding, shopping, and more fun activities.

Downtown SLC is brimming with entertainment, as well. We encourage you to visit Hogle Zoo, the Natural History Museum, Red Butte Gardens, City Creek Center, the Tracy Aviary, Clark Planetarium, and our state capital. Regardless of your interests, we are confident you and your team will find plenty to do during your stay!

There is a diversity of cafes and restaurants in the Salt Lake area. Some of the local favorites include Ruth’s Diner and the Red Iguana, but there are plenty more unique establishments that are sure to please any crowd.

We look forward to welcoming you in June!

Best Regards,

Salt Lake City Host Committee

Future Host Sites

2017 Birmingham, Alabama – June 18-23
2018 Fort Lauderdale, Florida – June 17-22

View previous host cities

NASSP 2015-2016 Approval

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed this program on the National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2015-2016.