ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Figure Skating announced the selection of Saint Paul as the host city for the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 16-24, 2016 at Xcel Energy Center.
The annual event, held since 1914, is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event, with past winners including Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi and Scott Hamilton. The city of Saint Paul also hosted the 2008 U.S. Championships. Champions included 2010 Olympians Mirai Nagasu, Evan Lysacek and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.
U.S. Figure Skating also announced that the 2015 U.S. Championships will take place in Greensboro, N.C., and are slated for Jan. 18-25, 2015, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Both championships will be broadcast live on NBC and online at icenetwork.com.
“We look forward to returning to Saint Paul for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships,” said U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith. “The city did a great job of hosting our event in 2008, and our athletes, coaches and officials will be excited to compete once again at Xcel Energy Center.”
Champions will be crowned in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile levels of the U.S. Figure Skating competitive structure. The addition of the intermediate and juvenile levels to the U.S. Championships, which will begin at the 2013 U.S. Championships, will add approximately 100 competitors to the event.
The U.S. Championships, which serve as the final qualifying event to make the U.S. World Figure Skating Team and the U.S. Olympic Team every four years, annually attract more than 1,600 athletes, coaches and officials to the host community and has generated up to $30 million in economic impact for recent host cities.
“We are thrilled to once again activate our hospitality community around this exciting championship event,” said President and CEO of Visit Saint Paul and the RiverCentre Authority Karolyn Kirchgesler. “Great new things have happened in Saint Paul since 2008 when we last hosted the championships and we are excited to showcase this to the many fans this event will bring to the city.”
“Xcel Energy Center is pleased to be named the host facility of the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships,” said Vice President and General Manager Jack Larson. “Having hosted the event to great success in 2008 we are excited to wow the skating community again in 2016.”
The local organizing committee for the event will be led by the Twin City Figure Skating Association, which was founded in 1973 following the success of the 1973 U.S. Championships held at Met Center in Bloomington, Minn. At that time, TCFSA was comprised of three member clubs (St. Paul Figure Skating Club, Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis and Braemar – City of Lakes Figure Skating Club). Since then, TCFSA has grown to include 21 member clubs from both the metro and out-state areas.
Previous events hosted by TCFSA include Skate America in 1985, Snowflake International Precision, 1991 U.S. Championships, 1998 World Championships, the very first World Synchronized Team Skating Championship in 2000, 2008 U.S. Championships and the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.
For more information on the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Xcel Energy Center, please visit www.2016uschampionships.com.
U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 700 member clubs, collegiate clubs, and school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing approximately 173,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed.