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2008 Drum Corps International World Championships
The 2008 Drum Corps International World Championships were held at the Indiana University Memorial Stadium in Bloomington the week of August 5th - August 9th, 2008. This event included about 40 drum and bugle corps from across North America and should brought about 40,000 people to Bloomington.
- Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2 p.m. CT – Open Class Quarterfinals in Michigan City, IN
- Wednesday, Aug. 6, 11 a.m. ET – Individual & Ensemble Competition at the Indianapolis Convention Center
- Thursday, Aug. 7, 4 p.m. ET – World Class Quarterfinals in Bloomington
- Friday, Aug. 8, 8 a.m. ET – Open Class Semifinals in Bloomington
- Friday, Aug. 8, 5 p.m. ET – World Class Semifinals in Bloomington
- Saturday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m. –Open Class Finals in Bloomington
- Saturday, Aug. 9, 5:30 p.m.– World Class Finals in Bloomington
Leading up to the event
- After the floods on June 4th of 2008, IU's Memorial Stadium developed a sinkhole in the south side end-zone. It was up in the air whether they would be able to repair the field in time for the contest. As of June 13th, DCI announced that everything would continue as planned.
The following is a known list of locations where corps are staying and practicing during finals week:
- Blue Devils - Ben Davis High School 1155 High School Rd, Indianapolis, IN
- Blue Stars - Star of Indiana Corps Hall, North SR 37, Bloomington, IN
- Bluecoats - Bedford North Lawrence High School, 595 Stars Blvd., Bedford, IN
- Cadets - Pendleton High School 1 Arabian Drive, Pendleton, IN
- Carolina Crown - Binford Elementary School, 2300 E. 2nd St. Bloomington, IN
- Cavaliers - Beech Grove Middle School 1248 Buffalo Street, Beech Grove, IN
- Colts - Batchelor Middle School, 900 W. Gordon Pike Bloomington, IN
- Glassmen - Columbus, IN (Video appeared on the front page of the Columbus Republic website.
- Phantom Regiment - Paoli High School, Paoli, IN
- Santa Clara Vanguard - Park Tudor High School, 7200 N. College Ave, Carmel, IN
Every year, there are usually concerns that the first couple corps will have to put up with the sunlight shining in their eyes. Fortunately, the press box at IU's Memorial Stadium is tall enough that it provided more cover than usual.
Dan Acheson, director of DCI, said that ticket sales had been lower than previous years, but that he attributed that to a slow economy. However, around 9pm on finals night, it was apparent that the stadium was about 98% full on the viewing side (west side).
Several people commented positively on the event. Some even compared it to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI, which is quite a compliment because Camp Randall Stadium is where seven of the world championships have been held including the 20th and 30th anniversaries of DCI.