2005 Visa Championships Tickets On Sale Friday, Jan. 21
posted on 01/20/2005
INDIANAPOLIS – The gymnastics stars of tomorrow will be crowned during the 2005 Visa Championships, Aug. 10-13 at Conseco Fieldhouse in August, and all-session tickets for the Championships can be purchased for as low as $75 starting Friday, Jan. 21.

The 2005 Visa Championships, slated for Aug. 10-13 at Conseco Fieldhouse, will highlight the forerunners for the 2005 World Championships and 2008 Olympic Games while marking Olympic champion Paul Hamm's attempt at a fourth consecutive U.S. all-around title.

“The Visa Championships is going to be the most significant domestic event of 2005 as we try to identify the athletes who will build upon the era of success we have created over the past four years,” said USA Gymnastics President Bob Colarossi. “ Indianapolis has a great tradition of hosting world-class events, and we expect more of the same when Indy hosts the Visa Championships.”

"The journey for America 's Olympic hopefuls begins long before the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games," said Michael Lynch, Visa USA Senior Vice President of Event & Sponsorship Marketing. "For nearly a decade, Visa has been proud to support USA Gymnastics in their efforts to develop our country's finest gymnasts. The 2005 Visa Championships are a pivotal step toward helping our current and future champions reach their Olympic dreams."

"We're honored and anxious to partner with USA Gymnastics again to host their most important national event of the year," said Earl Goode, chairman of Indiana Sports Corporation. "The gymnastics community in Central Indiana is traditionally one of the nation's strongest, and Hoosiers always have displayed tremendous enthusiasm for Olympic athletes. We're confident the fans here will really enjoy this event and support some of our country's finest athletes."

All-session tickets for all seven men's and women's artistic events at Conseco Fieldhouse are $75-160, and can be purchased at the Conseco Fieldhouse Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (317) 239-5151, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or through participating gymnastics clubs listed at www.usa-gymnastics.org.

General admission tickets for the Rhythmic and Acrobatic Gymnastics events at the Indiana Convention Center are $40 and include all sessions across the four days of competition.

More than 30,000 gymnastics fans attended the last Championships in Indy, held at Market Square Arena in 1998. Indianapolis owns a strong gymnastics legacy, most notably the 1991 World Championships, in which the U.S. women captured five medals as Kim Zmeskal, Shannon Miller, and Kerri Strug emerged as favorites heading into the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The 2005 Visa Championships will be the first major gymnastics competition to take place in Conseco Fieldhouse. The RCA Dome hosted the World Championshi ps in 1991, with Market Square Arena serving as the venue for the U.S. Gymnastics Championshi ps in 1986 and 1998.

Indianapolis hosted the 1985 American Cup Gymnastics Invitational and U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Exhibitions in 1984, 1992 and 1996. The National Gymnastics Congress was held in Indianapolis in 1984, 1991 and 1998.

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