COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (May 4, 2015) – U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the host venue for 2015 Skate America. The international event is the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Competition will take place Oct. 22-25.
The competition will mark the first time that Milwaukee has hosted a major international figure skating event. The UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena is one of three facilities comprising the Wisconsin Center campus, which also includes the Wisconsin Center and the Milwaukee Theatre. The arena hosts the Milwaukee Wave (MASL), Brewcity Bruisers (WFTDA) and UW-Milwaukee’s men’s basketball team (NCAA).
“U.S. Figure Skating is excited to bring Skate America to Milwaukee,” U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said. “We look forward to hosting a world-class figure skating competition in the area for the first time and hope ticketholders have an excellent experience whether attending their first or 50th skating competition.”
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center will serve as the official hotel for the Skate America delegation.
The event will feature two days of competition in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dance. The field will include 56 competitors, including Olympic- and World-level athletes.
“Milwaukee is very excited to host its first international event with U.S. Figure Skating and to welcome current and future Olympians to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, a totally renovated facility that has featured everything from the Beatles to ice hockey,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.
Past Skate America titlists include five-time World champion and two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan and Olympic champions Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, Evan Lysacek and Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
The complete list of athletes selected to compete at the 2015 Skate America and the rest of the 2015 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events will be announced June 15. The 2015 Skate America website, which will be live May 12, will include event and All-Event ticket package information. All-event ticket packages go on sale May 13. Please visit www.2015skateamerica.com for more information.
Other stops on the 2015 Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada, Cup of China, Trophée Eric Bompard, Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy. Skaters earn points throughout the Grand Prix Series to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final each December. The 2015 Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 7-13, in Barcelona, Spain.
NBC will kick-off their season-long coverage of the ISU Grand Prix Series with live coverage of Skate America from 5-6 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, Oct. 24. NBCSN will carry taped coverage of Skate America from 9-10:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, Oct. 25. Icenetwork will stream live coverage of Skate America and the entire Grand Prix Series on a subscription basis. NBC will carry same-weekend coverage of the remaining five Grand Prix events and the Grand Prix Final, while Universal Sports will broadcast live and delayed coverage throughout the Grand Prix season. Broadcast details and a full schedule of coverage will be announced at a later date.
– 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 Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 680 member clubs, collegiate clubs, school-affiliated clubs and more than 950 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing more than 170,000 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.