Single-session tickets for 2008 Visa Championships in Houston go on sale on April 26
posted on 04/25/2008

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 25, 2008 – Single-session tickets for the 2008 Visa Championships, scheduled for May 22-24 at Reliant Park in Houston, go on sale on Saturday, April 26, at 10 a.m. CT. The 2008 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, includes men’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling, featuring both junior and senior elite levels. In addition, the Visa Championships is an important stop for these gymnasts’ road to Beijing: for the men, it is the qualifying event for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Gymnastics, June 19-22 in Philadelphia, and for trampoline, it is the third of four events where athletes earn points toward Olympic selection.

Single-session ticket prices range from $20-85 for men’s gymnastics, with those for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline selling for $15 and $20. Tickets may be purchased charge by phone at 713-629-3700; online at; at all Ticketmaster outlets; at the Reliant Stadium South Box Office; or through participating area gymnastics clubs. Visa is the only card accepted for the 2008 Visa Championships.

“We encourage fans in Houston to come out and support the USA’s top athletes in men’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “With the Olympic Trials and Olympic Games right around the corner, these athletes will put on a great show at the Visa Championships.”

The country’s best gymnasts are vying for national titles and spots on their respective U.S. national teams. Reliant Arena will host men’s artistic gymnastics and Reliant Center is the site for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline and tumbling.

“It’s fitting that USA Gymnastics is holding the 2008 Visa Championships in Houston,” said Greg Ortale, president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. “So many world-class gymnasts have been trained right here in Houston, and we have a community that strongly supports our hometown athletes. We’re looking forward to hosting this talented group.”

"Houston and Reliant Park are excited to host the 2008 Visa Championships," said Shea Guinn, president of SMG-Reliant Park, "This event will showcase the best of these gymnasts as they pursue their Olympic dream.”

The schedule for men’s artistic gymnastics is: Thursday, May 22—senior men’s first day of competition at 7 p.m.; and May 24—junior men’s all-around and individual event finals at 12:30 p.m., and the final day of the senior men’s competition at 6 p.m. On May 23, Reliant Arena will host the U.S. Classic, a women’s gymnastics event.

The schedule for rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline is: Thursday, May 22—junior rhythmic all-around prelims and individual event finals at 10 a.m., and senior rhythmic all-around prelims and individual event finals at 2:30 p.m.; Friday, May 23—junior trampoline and tumbling prelims at 10 a.m., and senior trampoline and tumbling prelims at 2:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 24—junior rhythmic all-around and trampoline and tumbling finals at 10 a.m., and senior rhythmic all-around and trampoline and tumbling finals at 2:30 p.m.

In 2007, David Durante of Garwood, N.J., 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 Paul Hamm, Blaine Wilson, John Roethlisberger, Mitch Gaylord, Peter Vidmar and Bart Conner. Lisa Wang is the defending all-around champion for rhythmic gymnastics.

In senior elite trampoline and tumbling in 2007, Kalon Ludvigson of Plano, Texas, successfully defended his U.S. titles in men’s tumbling and double mini-trampoline, and Chris Estrada of Lafayette, La., earned his third consecutive U.S. men’s trampoline title. Other reigning champions are: Steven Gluckstein of Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and Logan Dooley of Lake Forest, Calif., men’s synchronized trampoline; Brittany Dircks of Orland Park, Ill., women’s trampoline and synchronized trampoline; Alaina Williams of Amarillo, Texas, women’s synchronized trampoline; Yuliya Hall of Idaho Falls, Idaho, women’s tumbling; and Kaci Barry of San Diego, Calif., women’s double mini-trampoline.

The Visa Championships traces its history back to 1897 for the men.

About Reliant Park
Reliant Park is managed and operated by SMG. Reliant Park is the premier convention, tradeshow, entertainment and sports complex located in Houston – the cultural center and urban hub of Texas. Four major facilities – Reliant Center, Reliant Stadium, Reliant Arena and Reliant Astrodome – encompass 350 acres. Having previously hosted Super Bowl XXXVIII, the 2002 and 2005 Big 12 Conference Football Championships, the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Regionals in 2008 and 2010, the Final Four in 2011 and now the 2008 Visa Championships, Reliant Park is establishing itself as a long-term home for major national and international sporting events.

About Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Houston is a cultural melting pot—home to a vibrant arts scene, thriving ethnic neighborhoods and NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Houston is one of a handful of American cities to house professional theater companies for each of the major arts disciplines. Sports fans can rally behind Houston’s professional teams in nearly every major sport. Houston is also home to the world’s largest concentration of medical professionals, world’s largest rodeo and nationally acclaimed restaurants and shopping. With 56,405 acres of total park space, Houston rates first among the nation’s 10 most populous cities in total acreage of park land. For more information on Houston, log on to or call 1-800-4HOUSTON.

About USA Gymnastics
Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics.