SINGLE-SESSION TICKETS FOR 2008 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SALE TODAY; LOCAL PARTNERS RIEDELL AND UNITED WAY JOIN TO REFURBISH AND DISTRIBUTE 100 PAIR OF DONATED SKATES
Colorado Springs, Colo. – In just 100 days, the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will take place in Saint Paul, Minn. To mark the 100-day milestone, which is officially Friday, Oct. 12, a number of festivities are planned: 100 figure skaters from local area clubs will simultaneously perform 100 spins on the ice at Xcel Energy Center to start the day, single-session tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. (CST) and a 40-by-60-foot event banner will be unfurled along the southwest side of Xcel Energy Center.
Additionally, newly announced local event partners Riedell Skate Company of Red Wing, Minn., and Greater Twin Cities United Way have combined their efforts to refurbish and donate 100 pair of figure skates to the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities, a United Way partner.
For competitors, the road to the U.S. Championships each year begins with the U.S. Figure Skating qualifying structure of nine regional events and three sectional events. Skaters who place in the top four at a regional championship qualify for a sectional; skaters who place in the top four at a sectional competition qualify for the U.S. Championships.
Single-session ticket prices for the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships start at $12 and are available at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 651.989.5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.saintpaul2008.com.
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships, held annually since 1914, is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event. The 2008 competition will take place Jan. 20-27 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and be nationally televised live on NBC. Over the course of a week, the event will crown 12 national champions in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing on the senior, junior and novice levels. The eight-day event is expected to draw more than 125,000 fans and have an economic impact in excess of $30 million.
Additionally, all-event and championship weekend ticket packages for the 2008 U.S. Championships are on sale now at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at 651.989.5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For group ticket information, call 651.312.3486. All-event ticket packages start at $295.
Greece Women’s side will play their second international, and first at home