Detroit Tapped For 2019 US Figure Skating Championships

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani at the US Championships in Kansas City, MO, January 2017.Photo courtesy of US Figure Skating.

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani at the US Championships in Kansas City, MO, January 2017.
Photo courtesy of US Figure Skating.

(COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) – US Figure Skating announced Detroit’s selection as the host city for the 2019 US Figure Skating Championships, to be held January 19 through 27, 2019. All junior free skate/dance and championship level events will be held at the newly opened Little Caesars Arena and all junior short programs/dance, novice, intermediate, and juvenile events will take place at the Detroit Skating Club.

US champions will be crowned in ladies, men’s, pairs, and ice dance at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate, and juvenile levels of the US Figure Skating competitive structure.

The US Championships, which serve as the final qualifying event to make the US World Figure Skating Team every year and the US Olympic Team every four years, annually attract more than 1,700 athletes, coaches, officials, and media to the host community, and is estimated to generate more than $18 million in local economic impact.

“US Figure Skating is excited for the return of the US Championships to Detroit for the first time since 1994,” US Figure Skating president Sam Auxier said. “Detroit and all of Michigan is a skating hotbed that is home to many of our top athletes, both past and present. Detroit, highlighted by the newly opened Little Caesars Arena and downtown redevelopment, will be a great host to our athletes, coaches, officials, and fans from around the country. It will be a wonderful event in one of the great, new venues in our country.”

The US Championships, held since 1914, is the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event, with past winners including Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Scott Hamilton. The city of Detroit last hosted the US Championships in 1994 at Joe Louis Arena.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the 2019 US Figure Skating Championships back to the city of Detroit,” said Tom Wilson, Olympia Entertainment president and CEO, and interim president of 313 Presents. “The event has a rich history with a passionate fan following, and we’re confident that the athletes, coaches, and fans will enjoy a first-class experience in our great city.”

Detroit has also been the site of Skate America four times, most recently in 2013.

US Figure Skating will plan the 2019 US Championships with support locally from the Detroit Sports Commission, 313 Presents, and the Detroit Skating Club.

“Suburban Detroit is the epicenter for world-class figure skating, so we feel the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event is coming home,” said Kris Smith, the director of the Detroit Sports Commission. “The metro Detroit community is primed and ready to showcase our great destination, while raising the bar like we always do to make this the best championship experience yet. We believe we have the best venue in the country in Little Caesars Arena and partners such as the mayor’s office, 313 Presents, the Detroit Skating Club, and Detroit Metro Skating Council.”

Recent US Championships were held in Boston in 2014, Greensboro, NC, in 2015, Saint Paul, MN, in 2016, and Kansas City, MO, in 2017. The 2018 US Figure Skating Championships are set for December 29 through January 7, in San Jose, CA.

Tickets to the 2019 US Figure Skating Championships will go on sale in early 2018.

US Figure Skating also announced the host cities for the 2019 US Figure Skating qualifying competition season made up of nine regional championships and three sectional championships that will lead into the 2019 US Championships in Detroit.

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