INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 29, 2008—All-session ticket packages for the 2008 Visa Championships, scheduled for June 5-7 at Agganis Arena at Boston University, go on sale on Friday, Feb. 29, at 10 a.m. ET. The 2008 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, features the country’s best women gymnasts vying for national titles and spots on the U.S. Women’s National Team. In addition, the Visa Championships is the qualifying event for women’s gymnastics for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Gymnastics, scheduled for June 19-22 in Philadelphia.
All-session ticket prices range from $100-275 and may be purchased charge by phone at 617-931-2000; online at www.ticketmaster.com; at all Ticketmaster outlets; at the Agganis Arena Ticket Office; or through participating area gymnastics clubs. The all-session ticket packet includes tickets for two junior and two senior sessions. Visa is the only card accepted for the 2008 Visa Championships.
“With the Olympic Trials and Olympic Games right around the corner, these gymnasts will put on a great show at the Visa Championships,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “Our women are the current team world champions so Boston fans will see the best in women’s gymnastics, as well as the future of the sport from the talented group of juniors.”
The schedule for the Visa Championships is: Thursday, June 5 — first day of junior competition at 1 p.m. and senior competition at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, June 7 — final day of junior competition at 10:30 a.m. and senior competition at 3:30 p.m.
In 2007, Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, joined an impressive list of gymnasts who have earned the coveted title of U.S. all-around champion. The roster of former all-around champions is a veritable who’s who in gymnastics, including Carly Patterson, Courtney Kupets, Shannon Miller, Dominique Dawes, Kim Zmeskal and Mary Lou Retton. Also expected to compete is local Boston gymnast Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., the 2007 team world champion and 2005 floor exercise world gold-medalist.
The Visa Championships traces its history back to 1931 for the women.
About Agganis Arena at Boston University
Opened in January 2005, Agganis Arena at Boston University is the next generation in Boston sports and entertainment. It is a state-of-the-art, multipurpose sports and entertainment center. A 290,000-square-foot premier venue with 6,300 seats for hockey and ice shows, the Arena is expandable to over 7,200 seats for concerts, sporting events, and family shows. In addition to exciting Boston University hockey action, Agganis Arena hosts Boston University events, concerts, family shows, sporting events, trade shows and conferences throughout the year.
About the Massachusetts Sports Partnership
The Massachusetts Sports Partnership (MSP) serves as the official sports commission for the Commonwealth. Founded in 1992, MSP is a private, not-for-profit organization which works to attract and support world class sporting events and meetings throughout the Massachusetts.