Ticket Sales for 2007 State Farm U.S. Championships Set All-Time Record

(3/16/04) - Since going on sale March 12 at 10 a.m. PST, ticket sales for the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships have set an all-time event record for first reported ticket sales. As of Monday, March 15, at 10 a.m. PST, 2,335 all-event tickets have sold and 4,059 Exhibition of Champions tickets have sold. This brings the total first-weekend sales for the event, which takes place January 21-28, 2007, to $1,399,365.

"We are extremely pleased with the success of the ticket sales for the 2007 State Farm U.S. Championships," said U.S. Figure Skating President Chuck Foster. "This is a strong indicator that the U.S. Championships are a hugely significant sporting event. Spokane and the figure skating community nationwide are showing their support for the sport of figure skating."

Ticket sales for the event are on pace to set the total ticket sales record for a State Farm U.S. Championships as well. The current all-time record is held by the 2002 State Farm U.S. Championships held in Los Angeles, Calif., which reached a total ticket sales mark of $3,622,000. First reported ticket sales for that event were $68,000.

The previous record for first reported ticket sales was held by the 2005 State Farm U.S. Championships to be held in Portland, Ore., with $349,715 in sales.


Ticket Sales Comparisons - State Farm U.S. Championships

LA 2002
Portland 2005
Spokane 2007
*First reported ticket sales $68,000 $349,715 $1,399,365
Total ticket sales $3,622,000 TBA post event TBA post event
*First reports to U.S. Figure Skating on opening ticket sales are not based on any date or lapsed amount of time. Local organizing committees are able to submit their first ticket sales report on their own schedule.



"Since being awarded the bid, the local organizing committee has been hard at work to make the 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships a success," said Toby Steward, president of STAR USA and head of the local organizing committee. "We are thrilled with the response from the community of Spokane and the national figure skating community. The level of support shown this weekend in ticket purchases supports our belief that the 2007 State Farm U.S. Championships will be a huge success."

All-event and Exhibition of Champions tickets to the 2007 State Farm U.S. Championships are still on sale. The ticket price for an all-event ticket is $495 and the Exhibition of Champions ticket is $60. The all-event ticket package guarantees access to a minimum of 13 competition sessions. The package does not include admission to the Exhibition of Champions, which may be purchased separately. These are the only tickets available at this time. Limited individual session tickets will go on sale just a few months prior to the competition.

To order all-event or Exhibition of Champions tickets:
CALL: 1-866-USA-2007 (or within Spokane, 325-SEAT)
CLICK: www.spokane2007.com
VISIT: The Spokane Arena or Opera House Box Office

UPCOMING U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS


The 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be hosted 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.

The State Farm U.S. Championships annually attract more than 1,500 figure skating athletes, coaches and officials to the host city. This is the first time the State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships have been awarded to the city of Spokane. The state of Washington last hosted the event in 1987 when the city of Tacoma served as host.

Local sponsor Washington Trust Bank is proud to welcome the event to Spokane. The Spokane Arena, a 10,500-seat multi-use facility that opened in 1995, will serve as the main venue for the event. The secondary venue will be the Spokane Convention Center, which will undergo a major expansion prior to the event.

The 2007 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships web site, www.spokane2007.com, will be the one-stop shop for the most up-to-date information regarding the event. Visitors can book hotel rooms, purchase tickets, reserve rental cars and scout the best restaurants and entertainment.