Northern California’s largest JOAD club, Wilderness Golden State JOAD, is excited to be one of the 13 locations picked to host the 48th National Indoor Championships and JOAD National Indoor Championships February 24-26, 2017.
This year the 48th Indoor Nationals will be held at what was once one of the largest Military bases in Northern California. McClellan Air Force Base (1935–2001) was a former United States Air Force base located in the North Highlands area of Sacramento County, 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Downtown Sacramento. For the vast majority of its operational lifetime, McClellan was a logistics and maintenance facility for a wide variety of military aircraft, equipment and supplies, primarily under the cognizance of the Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) and later the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC).
About the facility
The McClellan Conference Center was developed from an old airplane hangar. This building has been “repurposed” with offices, conference rooms, as well as the Hangar Café (serving breakfast and lunch items). The facility offers over 2000 paved and well lit parking spaces. The back portion of the conference center has a large bay area where the athletes will be shooting. The property features an onsite airstrip for those wishing to fly into the venue (McClellan Park Jet Services). There is the Lions Gate Hotel on site. The McClellan Conference Center is just blocks away from The O’Club Restaurant and Lounge, located in the Lions Gate Hotel. The Club features Chef John’s Farm to Fork Seasonal Menus, happy hour, and karaoke.
In 1986, the U.S. Air Force established the McClellan Aviation Museum on what was then McClellan Air Force Base. The museum was later chartered by the National Museum of the United States Air Force. The United States Coast Guard currently operates the Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Sacramento at McClellan AFB as a tenant activity, operating and maintaining several HC-130 Hercules aircraft. CGAS Sacramento continues to operate at McClellan following its closure as an Air Force Base and is the only remaining military aviation unit and installation on the airfield.
In 2005 the McClellan Aviation Museum changed its name to the California Aerospace Museum. Various military aircraft sit on display inside one of the hangars, and many more are outside on the flight line. The museum has displays which highlight the mission of the base when it was active, as well as neighboring bases such as Beale AFB, Travis AFB and the since closed Mather AFB. The museum hosts educational programs and is open to the public.
Wilderness Golden State JOAD has been hosting events for more than ten years. One of our largest tournaments is our annual Pacific Coast Championships, averaging 250-275 archers We also host the annual Grapestakes Tournament, Cal Cup Tournament (Golden State Cup) and many other fundraising tournaments such as the Independence Day Fun Shoot and the Susan G. Komen, Shoot for the Cure.
In 2011, Wilderness Golden State JOAD hosted the 2011 Easton JOAD Nationals and Jr. World Team Trials at Discovery Park. The event “went off without a hitch” as one of the largest JOAD venues on the West Coast. We received numerous compliments on the venue, property and presentation of the event.
JOAD Indoor Nationals will be held on Friday February 24, 2017. Maximum capacity for archers is two-hundred (200). February 25-26, 2017 US Indoor Nationals will be held with a choice of a 9:00am shooting time or a 2:00pm shooting time. Each line will have a maximum capacity of 200 archers.
Sacramento is a great city to host Nationals with its close proximity to the Sacramento International Airport. Approximately 18 miles from the venue and easily accessible by multiple freeways leading directly to the venue. Our vision for placing the bid was to provide greater opportunities that would be more “economically friendly” for archers of all ages in the North Western United States.
Sacramento features many points of interest including the California State Capitol, The Aerospace Museum, The California State Railroad Museum, Sutter’s Fort Historic State Park, The Discovery Museum, Crocker Art Gallery, Old Town Sacramento, the Sacramento Zoo, and Fairytale town just to name a few. For anyone looking for a little retail therapy Sacramento offers nearby shopping centers including Arden Fair, Sunrise Mall, the Roseville Galleria, and Downtown Sacramento. If Golf if your game, the McClellan center is located within a 15-minute drive to three Golf Courses.