SAINT PAUL, Minn., Feb. 1, 2011 — All-session ticket packages for the 2011 Visa Championships, which is scheduled for Aug. 17-20 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., are on sale now at the Xcel Energy Center Box Office, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or through participating area gymnastics clubs. Special early bird pricing will be offered to those who purchase by 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 28.
The 2011 Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics' national championships, features the country's best gymnasts vying for national titles and spots on the U.S. National Team in men's, women's and rhythmic gymnastics. 2010 World vault gold-medalist Alicia Sacramone, who is a five-time U.S. vault champion, is in Saint Paul today to promote the special ticket offer.
"With less than a year to go to the 2012 Olympic Games, this year's Visa Championships will be a pivotal event to see who is really in the mix," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "Fans will see our country's best gymnasts go head-to-head in what will surely be a highly contested event."
All-session ticket packages for men's and women's gymnastics range in price from $130- $375. Rhythmic gymnastics offers an all-session, two-day package for just $30. A special Platinum VIP package is also available through Ticketmaster and the Xcel Energy Center Box Office and includes an adidas item, event program, commemorative poster, pre-event hospitality and "meet and greet" passes for three nights. Group tickets are available by calling 651-312-3486. Visa is the only card accepted for the 2011 Visa Championships.
The schedule for the 2011 Visa Championships is below.
- Men's gymnastics – Xcel Energy Center
- Aug. 17 - 1 p.m. - Jr. Men's Competition – Day 1
- Aug. 17 - 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Men's Competition – Day 1
- Aug. 19 - 1 p.m. - Jr. Men's Competition – Day 2
- Aug. 19 - 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Men's Competition – Day 2
- Women's gymnastics – Xcel Energy Center
- Aug. 18 - 1 p.m. - Jr. Women's Competition – Day 1
- Aug. 18 - 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Women's Competition – Day 1
- Aug. 20 - 1 p.m. - Jr. Women's Competition – Day 2
- Aug. 20 - 6:30 p.m. - Sr. Women's Competition – Day 2
- Rhythmic gymnastics – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
- Aug. 19 - 9 a.m. - Jr. and Sr. All-around Preliminaries and Individual Event Finals
- Aug. 20 - 9 a.m. - Jr. and Sr. All-around Finals
The Visa Championships determine the U.S. champions and the national team for each discipline for both the junior and senior elite levels. NBC Sports and Universal Sports will broadcast and webcast the action from the men's and women's gymnastics competitions.
The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show is held in conjunction with the Visa Championships and will be conducted next door at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The USA Gymnastics National Congress and Trade Show is the annual gathering of professional members that offers educational and business sessions, a large exhibitor's hall and other business and educational opportunities.
Xcel Energy Center. Regarded as one of the finest arenas in the world, Xcel Energy Center is home to the NHL's Minnesota Wild, the NLL's Minnesota Swarm and a multitude of premier sports and entertainment events annually. The one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose facility is located in the heart of downtown Saint Paul, owned by the City of Saint Paul and managed by the Saint Paul Arena Company, an affiliate of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment.
Saint Paul RiverCentre. Saint Paul RiverCentre is the city's premier convention center that overlooks the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Featuring more than 250,000 square feet of versatile event space and flexible room configurations that include the Grand Ballroom and The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Saint Paul RiverCentre is the preferred choice for hundreds of events each year including star-studded galas, trade shows and conventions.