2006 Visa Championships Single-Session Tickets Go On Sale June 23
posted on 06/23/2006
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - USA Gymnastics and Xcel Energy Center announced today that single-session tickets for the 2006 Visa Championships, scheduled for August 16-19 in St. Paul, go on sale Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. Fans are encouraged to act quickly to get the best seats.

Tickets for Men's and Women's Artistic and Rhythmic/Acrobatic Gymnastics sessions for the premier national gymnastics championships will be available at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone at (651) 989-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com . For group ticket information, call (651) 312-3486. Visa is the only card accepted for the Visa Championships.

The 2006 Visa Championships is USA Gymnastics' annual national championships and determines the U.S. national champions for men's and women's artistic gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics. Artistic gymnastics will be held at the Xcel Energy Center. Rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnastics are set for the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium.  Acrobatic gymnastics is holding its national team trials in conjunction with the Visa Championships. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show will be held in the adjacent Saint Paul RiverCentre complex.

The Visa Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men and 1931 for the women.  Since 1963, this will be only the second time the championships have been held in the Twin Cities area and in the state.  Minneapolis was the site of the 1989 competition.

About Visa USA

Visa is the only card accepted for the Visa Championships and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. For USA Gymnastics' other events, Visa is the preferred method of payment. Visa USA is the nation's leading payment brand and largest payment system, enabling banks to provide their consumers and business customers with a wide variety of payment alternatives tailored to meet their evolving needs.  Visa USA is committed to increasing the choice, convenience, acceptance, and security of Visa payments for all stakeholders in the payment system - Members, cardholders and merchants. Through its 13,420 Member financial institutions, more than 488 million Visa-branded cards have been issued to cardholders in the United States.  Last year, U.S.-based financial institutions relied on Visa's processing system, VisaNet, to facilitate $1.3 trillion in transactions with unparalleled reliability. Worldwide, cardholders in over 150 countries carry more than 1 billion Visa-branded cards, accounting for more than $3 trillion in annual transaction volume.  Visa offers a trusted, reliable and convenient way to access and mobilize financial resources - anytime, anywhere, anyway.

About Xcel Energy Center

The five-year-old Xcel Energy Center and the Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention and Visitor's Authority have been very successful in a short period of time at bringing high-profile events, such as the Visa Championships, to the Twin Cities community. Since opening in September 2000 with the first-ever Minnesota Wild NHL hockey game, the Xcel Energy Center has hosted the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four, 2001-06 WCHA Final Five Hockey Tournaments, 2003 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, 2003-04 TJ Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions, 2004-05 Campbell's International Figure Skating Classic and 2004 NHL All-Star Weekend.

About USA Gymnastics

Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States, encourages participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport.  For more information on the 2006 Visa Championships, log on to www.usa-gymnastics.org


August 16-19, 2006

Top men's, women's and rhythmic gymnasts compete for national titles; acrobatic gymnasts vie for national team berths


Single-Session Artistic:

$11.75-$46.75 (Varies by session)

Single-Session Rhythmic/Acrobatic Gymnastics:

$16.75-$21.75 (Varies by session). Call 651-312-3486 For Group         

Ticket Information:


Friday, June 23 - 10 a.m.

Tickets are available at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, all area Ticketmaster locations, by calling 651-989-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone using Ticketmaster TDD/TTY, call: 800-359-2525. Visa is the only card accepted for the Visa Championships.


To learn more about the Visa Championships, visit www.usa-gymnastics.org

Visit the Xcel Energy Center on the Internet at www.XcelEnergyCenter.com


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