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(10/25/04) - Beginning Nov. 1, figure skating fans will be able to reserve group tickets and all-event ticket packages for 2005 Smart Ones Skate America. The competition will take place in Atlantic City, N.J., at the Historic Boardwalk Hall Oct. 20-23, 2005. 

Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating event featuring four days of competition in ladies and men's singles, pairs and ice dancing. The annual event, which will attract more than 60 world-class figure skaters from approximately 12 nations, is U.S. Figure Skating's premier international figure skating competition. Past champions include five-time World and eight-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, six-time U.S. champion Todd Eldredge, 2002 Olympic champions Jamie Salé and David Pelletier of Canada, and 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton. New champions were crowned just last weekend, with Angela Nikodinov, and Tanith Belbin & Ben Agosto taking home gold for the U.S.

2005 Skate America will be hosted locally by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Association (ACCVA) and the New Jersey Council of Figure Skating Clubs (NJCFSC). The event and Atlantic City will be showcased on ABC and worldwide, as past Skate Americas have garnered live coverage in Canada and broadcasts in Japan, Russia, France, Italy and Germany.

Gold all-event tickets are priced at $190, and groups of 15 or more may purchase them for $160. Silver all-event tickets are priced at $145, and groups of 15 or more can purchase them for $120. All-event tickets entitle the holder to attend all four sessions as well as daily practices. Group tickets for individual sessions will also be available for reservation beginning Nov. 1.

Ticket Prices

All-Event Passes
Gold: Individual ($190)
Gold: Groups 15+ ($160)
Silver: Individual ($145)
Silver: Groups 15+ ($120)

Practice Sessions
All-event tickets include practice sessions
Individual purchased practice passes: $5

Individual Tickets (Available in Spring 2005) Gold Silver Bronze
Session I: Thursday $45 $30 $10
Session II: Friday $50 $35 $15
Session III: Saturday $65 $45 $20
Session IV: Sunday $60 $45 $20


Group orders can be placed by contacting the Boardwalk Hall Marketing Department at 609.348.7021 or 609.348.7072. Single seat tickets will be available for sale in spring 2005.

For more information about 2005 Skate America, or to inquire about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, please visit www.njcfsc.org. To inquire about group lodging for group of 15 or more rooms during Skate America, please contact Anne Bergen of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority at abergen@accva.com. To inquire about air service and transportation from Atlantic City International Airport, please visit www.acairport.com. For more information about Atlantic City accommodations, transportation, recreation and attractions, visit www.atlanticcitynj.com.

A tentative list of sessions and times:

October 20: Session I 
4:30 p.m. - Compulsory Dance (ticketed as practice)
7:00 p.m. - Pairs Short Program
8:30 p.m. - Ladies Short Program

October 21: Session II   
4:30 p.m. - Original Dance    
6:30 p.m. - Men's Short Program
8:30 p.m. - Pairs Free Skate

October 22: Session III  
3:30 p.m. - Free Dance
5:30 p.m. - Ladies Free Skate
7:30 p.m. - Men's Free Skate

October 23: Session IV
2:00 p.m. - Exhibition

About the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA)
The ACCVA serves as the destination's principal marketing arm, stimulating economic growth through convention, business and leisure tourism development. The authority oversees the management of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall on behalf of its parent agency, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. www.atlanticcitynj.com.

About Historic Boardwalk Hall
Historic Boardwalk Hall, which hosts Atlantic City's signature event, the Miss America Competition, first opened in 1929 and recently received a $90 million renovation to transform the building into a modern special events arena capable of variable seating for up to 13,800 people. The facility is the home of the ECHL's 2003 Kelly Cup Champion Boardwalk Bullies, in addition to hosting an array of other events including concerts, boxing and family shows. Visit us at www.boardwalkhall.com for more information.  Boardwalk Hall is an SMG-managed facility.

About the New Jersey Council of Figure Skating Clubs (NJCFSC)
The NJCFSC is one of 23 interclub councils that are members of U.S. Figure Skating. The NJCFSC consists of 26 member organizations throughout the state of New Jersey. There are two provisional clubs (newly formed clubs) and 24 full member clubs of U.S. Figure Skating including three high school clubs (Princeton Day School, Immaculata High School and Manasquan High School) and one collegiate club (Princeton University Figure Skating Club). NJCFSC member organizations have 2,282 members as of June 2003 registered by U.S. Figure Skating. The NJCFSC provided scholarships to 32 of the more than 100 New Jersey skaters who competed in 2003 at the regional, sectional, or the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, nine synchronized skating teams, and has selected five student athletes to the first NJCFSC Academic Honors Team.