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Getting to Newark, Delaware

Newark, Delaware, is located along I-95 approximately halfway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. All skating events and practice ice will be on the South Campus of the University of Delaware in the Fred Rust Ice Arena and the Gold Ice Arena. Some related nonskating events are at the main competition hotel, the Embassy Suites which is directly across South College Avenue from the UD sports facilities, roughly 300 yards south of the ice arenas.


I-95 from the north, Delaware Exit 1 leads to DE 896, which is also South College Avenue. Proceed north to the competition hotels and to the ice arenas, all of which are along South College Avenue.

I-95 from the south, save a toll by exiting at Maryland Exit 109B to MD 279. Follow it towards Newark as it turns into DE 2 at the state line. In another mile, turn right on Christina Parkway, which intersects South College Avenue directly adjacent to the Embassy Suites. Turn left on South College Avenue to reach the competition hotels and the ice arenas.

From southeastern and central Pennsylvania, some routes may lead to DE 896 from PA 896. Following signs for route 896 through central Newark will lead to South College Avenue and the ice arenas. From northern Maryland, entering Delaware on DE 273 will lead directly to the intersection of Delaware Avenue and South College Avenue. Turn right on South College Avenue to the ice arenas. From either of these routes, follow South College Avenue south past the University of Delaware main campus, through several blocks of residential neighborhood, over the Amtrak line, then to the second light (left turn) for the ice arenas, or before the fourth light (right turns) for the competition hotels.

From the Norfolk, VA, area, and points south, take US 13 north over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel. Follow US 13 to Dover, transfer there to DE 1 (toll road), and follow DE 1 to I-95. Take I-95 South to Exit 1 for DE 896, as in the instructions for I-95 from the north.


Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is the closest airport serving the major scheduled airlines. That is still a 35 minute ride (barring bad traffic conditions) to Newark, so travel from the airport to Newark is not cheap. Shuttle services from PHL to Newark include Delaware Express (a sponsor of the 2010 Eastern Sectionals), running about $40/person. Taxis may become cost-effective, relative to shuttles, if shared by three people. If renting a car, airport exit signs will clearly lead you to "I-95 South, Delaware," and then follow the directions above for "I-95 from the north."

Baltimore Washington International (BWI) is half-an-hour further away and has limited and expensive shuttle service, but it is serviced by some of the discount airlines, so visitors planning to rent a car should check options for this airport as well. Follow directions from the airport to I-95 North, work your way past Baltimore, and then follow the directions above for "I-95 from the south."

Train or Bus

Wilmington. The Wilmington Amtrak station is right across the street from the Greyhound bus station, just south of downtown Wilmington. This location is almost all the way across the state (12 miles!) from Newark. Taxi service and limited rental car availability will get you to Newark from there. Car renters, follow Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd west to I-95 South, and then follow the directions for "I-95 from the north" above.

Newark. Newark has an Amtrak station that also is serviced by some SEPTA commuter trains from Philadelphia. The good news is that it is about two blocks from the ice arena and acceptable walking distance of the competition hotels (if your bags are on wheels – about half a mile). The bad news is that trains stopping here are rare and almost entirely service the Monday-through-Friday, 9-to-5 commuter. If you can make it work with your schedule, it's a nice option.


The University of Delaware maintains a comprehensive site of visitor information and travel directions for visitors to Newark and to the University. Specific directions at that site may take you to the UD Visitors Center, which is approximately 1 mile north (farther away from I-95) of the ice arenas along South College Avenue.

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