It's a drum corps homecoming! In 2006, the Drum Corps International World Championships return to Madison, Wis., from Aug. 8-12, 2006, for the seventh time, at the newly renovated, sonically perfect and historically significant Camp Randall Stadium! Single-night tickets go on sale on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. Central time. Tickets will be available at DCI.org or by calling 800.495.7469 x3. Pat Seidling, director of the Phantom Regiment, is excited to return to Madison. "Our fans love Camp Randall -- it's that simple. Sure, we're based merely 60 miles south of Madison, but I bet that if we were 600 miles away our fans would still love Camp Randall. It's always a good summer when tour ends up in Madison! On a personal note, I am a Wisconsin native, so having finals in Madison means I get to see a lot of friends from back home, which is a nice touch too!" Seidling said. Sal Salas, director of the hometown Madison Scouts, is anticipating a joyous homecoming. "We are extremely excited for the DCI Championships to be in our hometown. It's always exciting to be able to perform for all our fans in Madison. We look forward to seeing all our friends, alumni and fans in August at the 2006 DCI World Championships!" Salas said. Fans will be welcomed into a totally renovated and expanded Camp Randall Stadium. They will find easier access to the stadium and more of the modern conveniences they have come to expect from the newer venues. The extensive three-year renovation is expected to result in a greater degree of comfort and services for drum corps fans. Jeff Fiedler, director of the Cavaliers, elaborated on the renovations. "The stadium has been reconditioned since 2002, so those of us who have gotten used to NFL stadiums in Denver and Foxboro will not be disappointed. This is NOT your father's Camp Randall Stadium, and the University of Wisconsin personnel KNOW drum corps," Fiedler said. No other city has hosted the World Championships even half as many times as Madison. Fans love going to Madison for many reasons. The city throws open its arms to drum corps like no other location. It's big enough to have a great post-contest entertainment district like State Street, and yet it's small enough that when the corps are in town, everyone knows it. Madison becomes one big drum corps festival. "The Wisconsin summers are always perfect for drum corps members and the fans, everyone with the city does all they can to make fans feel invited, and when one is in Madison, it feels like one is "home,"" said DCI.org columnist Mike Boo. The return to Wisconsin will open the floodgates of memory for Cadets director George Hopkins as well. "Returning to Madison will be exciting for the Cadets' organization. We were fortunate to have some great success in Wisconsin -- from the '85 three-peat, to the 2002 "Tribute to America," the Cadets have always enjoyed our return to the most popular championship site in DCI history," Hopkins said. No refunds or exchanges on tickets. All sales on tickets are final. All orders are subject to payment verification. A per ticket fee will apply to all phone, fax, mail and Internet orders. Payment is processed immediately and tickets are mailed by the end of the year.
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