On Wednesday, Jan. 15, skaters will descend on downtown Wichita for the 2020 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, which is being hosted in Wichita, Kansas for the second time. Wichita first hosted the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in January 2018.
The sectional championships in Wichita will take place Jan. 15-19 with all performances being conducted at INTRUST Bank Arena and all practices taking place at the Wichita Ice Center and INTRUST Bank Arena.
Tickets are on sale now at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755-SEAT (7328) or in person at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena.
“It is such an incredible opportunity to once again host this U.S. Figure Skating competition in Wichita,” said Brian Hargrove, executive director of sports development at Visit Wichita. “We want to encourage the community to get tickets to this great event, and experience the unique sport of synchronized skating.”
The competition will attract nearly 160 teams and 2,500 athletes to Wichita. In total, the athletes, coaches, competition organizers and fans the competition will bring to Wichita are estimated to generate more than $3.4 million in local economic impact.
“To welcome an event that will bring with it millions in local economic impact in a period of days is really exciting, and great for our community,” said Hargrove. “In addition to the positive economic impact, it’s also great for the city’s quality of life. For five days, Wichitans can see tremendous athletes competing in a unique and fun-to-watch competition right here in the heart of our city.”
Synchronized skating features teams of up to 20 skaters performing themed routines, lasting less than five minutes and set to music that ranges from Disney classics and Broadway tunes, to jazz, hip-hop and classical. Those competing will range in age from 7 to 70. It’s considered a fairly new sport, getting its start in 1956, but one of the most rapidly growing sports in the world, according to U.S. Figure Skating.
The Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, hosted by U.S. Figure Skating, is the largest annual qualifying competition in its category. The qualifying teams from the Midwestern/Pacific Coast sectional championships will take on the qualifying teams from the Eastern competition being held in Albany, New York. The top four teams from each division will earn a berth to the 2020 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, taking place in Providence, Rhode Island in February 2020.
Complete ticket information:
- All session passes are $50 for students, $65 for seniors and $75 for adults.
- Tickets for Wednesday only are $16.
- Individual day tickets for Thursday through Sunday are $16 for students, $21 for seniors and $26 for adults.
- Purchase tickets online at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755-SEAT (7328) or in person at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena.
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About U.S. Figure Skating
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 and Paralympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 765 member clubs, collegiate clubs, school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Learn to Skate USA programs representing more than 203,023 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.
About Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by president and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2017 travel and tourism contributed more than $1.1 billion in economic impact to the greater Wichita area.
About INTRUST Bank Arena
INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita’s premier entertainment venue, is located in downtown Wichita. The Arena can seat more than 15,000 guests and hosts a variety of events including professional and collegiate sports, concerts, family shows and corporate functions. INTRUST Bank Arena is owned by Sedgwick County Government, and managed by ASM Global.
About Wichita Figure Skating Club
The Wichita Figure Skating Club (WFSC) was established in 1932 and became a full member of the United States Figure Skating Association in 1941. They encourage the instruction, practice and advancement of the members in any or all of the disciplines of figure skating, up to and including participation at national and international levels; to encourage and cultivate a spirit of harmony and fraternal feeling among ice skaters; and to carry out the general policies and objectives of United States Figure Skating.