Spokane Selected to Host 2007 State Farm U.S. Championships
|Spokane, Wash., will host the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.|
(2/20/04) - U.S. Figure Skating today announced the selection of Spokane, Wash., as the host city for the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The competition will be held January 21-28, 2007. The selection of Spokane was announced by Larry Kriwanek, chair of U.S. Figure Skating's Events Advisory Board, following the approval of U.S. Figure Skating's Executive Committee.
The 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be hosted locally by the Lilac City Figure Skating Club, Inland Northwest Figure Skating Club, Spokane Figure Skating Club and Star USA. The same group successfully hosted 2002 Smart Ones Skate America, attracting a record attendance of 28,664 for the four-day event.
All-event ticket packages for the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships will go on sale beginning March 12, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. at www.spokane2007.com (to be launched soon). The all-event ticket package will guarantee you great seats for all of the sessions during the eight-day competition.
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships annually attract more than 1,500 figure skating athletes, coaches and officials to the host city. This is the first time that the U.S. Figure Skating Championships have been awarded to the city of Spokane. The state of Washington last hosted the U.S. Championships in 1987 when the city of Tacoma served as the host.
- 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Portland, Ore., January 9-16, 2005
- 2006 U.S. Figure Skating Championships - St. Louis, Mo., January 7-15, 2006
- 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships - Spokane, Wash., January 21-28, 2007
The Spokane Arena, a 10,500-seat multi-use facility that opened in 1995, will serve as the main venue for the event. The arena has hosted a number of major sporting events including 2002 Smart Ones Skate America, the 1996 U.S. Olympic wrestling trials and the 1998 Memorial Cup. The secondary venue will be the Spokane Convention Center, which will undergo a major expansion prior to the 2007 U.S. Championships. With the U.S. Championships as the first major event in the new Spokane Convention Center, the community will be invited to a grand opening of the facility with figure skating as the main attraction.
As with 2002 Skate America, the historic Davenport Hotel will serve as the headquarters hotel for the championships.
"It is only fitting that the grand hotel that was built in 1914 host the event that began in 1914," said Walt Worthy, owner of The Davenport Hotel. "We are honored to be the headquarter hotel for U.S. Figure Skating's most prestigious competition."
The Davenport Hotel is one of only two hotels in Eastern Washington to receive the AAA Four-Diamond Award.
Washington Trust Bank will be the local presenting sponsor for the 2007 U.S. Championships.
"Washington Trust is pleased to be involved with an event that will have such positive impact on our community," said Jack Heath, president of Washington Trust Bank. "We look forward to having the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane in 2007."