ANAHEIM, Calif. (March 8, 2016) – USA Gymnastics and Anaheim Sports announced today that the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics, will be held in the city of Anaheim for the first time. Scheduled for Aug. 17-20, 2017, the country’s best gymnasts will compete in the four-day competition at Honda Center. Also, the USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center Aug. 17-19. 2013-15 U.S. men’s all-around champion and 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), 2004 Olympic all-around champion Carly Patterson, 2012 Olympic team gold medalist Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and legendary coach Bela Karolyi were on hand for the announcement.
"It is a privilege to host an event of this magnitude and we are thrilled to have helped bring another world-class event to the city," said Tim Ryan, President/CEO of Anaheim Arena Management. “Anaheim has continued to grow as a premier entertainment and sports destination, and we believe the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships will add significantly to that legacy.”
In addition to several post-Olympic gymnastics tour events, Honda Center also played host to the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Team Trials.
"Anaheim has a storied history with USA Gymnastics at the highest level," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics, “and bringing the P&G Gymnastics Championships is the next chapter. The U.S. women won the USA’s first women’s World team title at the 2003 World Championships, where Paul Hamm also made U.S. gymnastics history by winning the men’s World all-around crown. The 2004 Olympic Trials was an incredible success, and we expect the 2017 P&G Championships to be one of our best.”
"Anaheim and the greater hospitality industry is ready to roll out the mats to welcome the 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships” said Jay Burress, president of Visit Anaheim. “Visit Anaheim recently established Sports Anaheim, a newly formed group with the primary purpose of attracting world-class sporting events to our destination. P&G’s Gymnastics Championships is our first announcement of what we know to be many, in attracting and hosting events that will fulfill this group’s mission of developing, marketing and selling the destination and positively impacting the greater community.”
Starting today, fans can secure a seat by placing a deposit to reserve an all-session ticket package at PGChamps.com or by calling (714) 940-2859. Deposit amounts are $100 for Platinum, $40 for Gold, $30 for Silver and $20 for Bronze and upper level end seats. All-session ticket prices, plus applicable fees, are: Platinum, $699; Gold, $399; Silver, $299; Bronze, $199; and upper level end, $159. Platinum packages include VIP seating in the first five rows, an Olympian meet and greet, and a USA Gymnastics gift. Ticket prices vary according to seat location, and the all-session ticket package provides access to all eight competitive sessions. Gymnastics clubs also have the opportunity to purchase discounted all-session tickets through the Gym Club Ticket Program.
The P&G Championships determines the men’s and women’s U.S. champions and the U.S. National Team for the junior and senior elite levels. The field will feature the country’s top gymnasts, and the championships also traditionally serves as part of the selection process for the U.S. Team for the World Championships.
Simone Biles of Houston, Texas/World Champions Centre, and Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach, Calif./Team Hilton (U.S. Olympic Training Center), won their third consecutive women’s and men’s U.S. all-around titles, respectively, at the 2015 P&G Championships. The roster of former U.S. all-around champions is a veritable who’s who of gymnastics, including: women – Jordyn Wieber, Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton; and men – Jonathan Horton, Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner. The U.S. Gymnastics Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men and 1931 for the women.
The preliminary competition schedule, which is subject to change, for the four days is as follows.
- Thursday, August 17: Men’s gymnastics — 1 p.m., juniors, and 7 p.m., seniors
- Friday, August 18: Women’s gymnastics — 1 p.m., juniors, and 7:30 p.m., seniors
- Saturday, August 19: Men’s gymnastics — 12 p.m., juniors, and 5 p.m., seniors
- Sunday, August 20: Women’s gymnastics — 11 a.m., seniors, and 3:30 p.m., juniors
About Honda Center
Honda Center is the premier entertainment and sports venue in Southern California. Owned by the City of Anaheim and operated by Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, the arena opened in June of 1993. The National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks have called the arena home since their inaugural season in the fall of 1993. In addition to Ducks games, Honda Center hosts a variety of world class acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Professional Bull Riders and more. For more information, visit www.hondacenter.com.
About Visit Anaheim
Founded in 1961, Visit Anaheim is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit destination marketing organization. Visit Anaheim’s mission is to develop, market and sell Anaheim benefiting the economic vitality of our communities. Follow Visit Anaheim on Facebook (Facebook.com/VisitAnaheim) Twitter (@Visit_Anaheim), Instagram (Instagram.com/VisitAnaheim) and LinkedIn (VisitAnaheim)