Photo: Courtesy Visit Wichita
Tickets are now on sale for the U.S. Figure Skating’s2020 MidPac Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, which is being hosted in Wichita, Kansas for the second time. Wichita first hosted the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in January 2018.
The sectional championships in Wichita will take place Jan. 15-19 with all performances being conducted at INTRUST Bank Arena and all practices taking place at the Wichita Ice Center.
“It is such an incredible opportunity to once again host this U.S. Figure Skating competition in Wichita,” said Brian Hargrove, executive director of sports development at Visit Wichita. “We want to encourage the community to get tickets to this great event, and experience the unique sport of synchronized skating.”
The competition will attract more than 160 teams and 2,500 athletes to Wichita. In total, the athletes, coaches, competition organizers and fans the competition will bring to Wichita are estimated to generate more than $3.4 million in local economic impact. Those competing will range in age from 7 to 70.
Synchronized skating features teams of up to 20 skaters performing themed routines, lasting less than five minutes and set to music that ranges from Disney classics and Broadway tunes, to jazz, hip-hop and classical. It’s considered a fairly new sport, getting its start in 1956, but one of the most rapidly growing sports in the world, according to U.S. Figure Skating.
The Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, hosted by U.S. Figure Skating, is the largest annual qualifying competition in its category. The qualifying teams from the Midwestern/Pacific Coast sectional championships will take on the qualifying teams from the Eastern competition being held in Albany, New York. The top four teams from each division will earn a berth to the 2020 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, taking place in Providence, Rhode Island in February 2020.
Adult single session tickets start at $16 and adult all session passes, which provides access to all five days of competition, start at $50. Tickets can be purchased online at www.selectaseat.com, by phone at 855-755-SEAT (7328) or in person at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena.