WORCESTER, Mass., March 1, 2010 – Gymnastics fans will have the opportunity to experience fun and exciting activities in Worcester, Mass., March 3-6. In addition to witnessing some of the world’s top gymnasts and rising stars compete in 2010 Tyson American Cup on March 6, fans can also watch 36 of the country’s rising female gymnasts compete in the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup on March 5 and take in the Massachusetts State High School Gymnastics Championships on March 3. All three events will be held at the DCU Center.
The week of gymnastics kicks off on Wednesday, March 3 as 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, visits the AT&T Store located at 453 Park Avenue in Worcester from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to sign autographs and pose for photographs. On the same night, fans can take in the MIAA High School Gymnastics Championships, which starts at 7 p.m. at the DCU Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.
On Friday, March 5, 36 Junior Olympic gymnasts from around the country will compete in the 2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the competition starts at 7 p.m. The Tyson American Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious international invitationals, caps off the week on Saturday, March 6, at 11:30 a.m., with the doors opening at 10 a.m.
Fan activities scheduled for the DCU Center include:
Tyson Fitness Challenge Zone. Kids can have fun and learn about the importance of fitness through the interactive Tyson Fitness Challenge Zone, which features cardiovascular exercise, strength and flexibility activities, and healthy nutrition guides. Participants who complete the Tyson Fitness Challenge Zone, which is open from 6-7 p.m. on Friday and 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, will have the chance to receive a signed autograph from 2009 Tyson American Cup champion Jordan Wieber on Friday and Saturday, as well as 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Alicia Sacramone on Saturday.
AT&T Experience. Fans can enjoy an interactive zone featuring AT&T products and services on Saturday.
WGYM radio. Olympians Sacramone and Steve McCain, a 2001 World team silver medalist, will provide commentary and insights during the Tyson American Cup on WGYM, USA Gymnastics’ in-arena radio show. Receivers for the radio program are sold along with the event program.
Tickets for all three competitions are still available and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com, or at the DCU Center Ticket Office. Visa is the preferred method of payment.
Fans around the country can watch the Tyson American Cup and the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup live on television and the web. Universal Sports will broadcast the early rotations of the Tyson American Cup from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, and NBC Sports will continue the broadcast live from 1-3 p.m. ET. The Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup will air live on Universal Sports from 7-9 p.m. ET Friday. Universalsports.com will carry live simulcasts of both events.
About Tyson Foods, Inc: Tyson Foods, Inc., founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 107,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.
DCU Center: A multi-purpose arena and convention center uniquely designed to accommodate the needs of any size group from 15 to 15,000, the DCU Center is owned by the City of Worcester and managed by SMG, the world’s leading private management and developing firm for public assembly facilities. Headquartered in Philadelphia, SMG provides management services to over 200 public assembly facilities internationally and also offers food and beverage operations through SAVOR… Catering by SMG. For more information, please visit www.dcucenter.com.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products: Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
DC Comics: DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics’ Web site is located at www.dccomics.com.