ST. LOUIS, Nov. 12, 2011 — All-session ticket packages for the 2012 Visa Championships, which is scheduled for June 7-10 at St. Louis University's Chaifetz Arena, are on sale now at the Chaifetz Arena Box Office. Tickets are also available by phone at 314-534-1111 or 800-293-5949; online at www.metrotix.com; or through participating area gymnastics clubs. Bridget Sloan, whose accomplishments include 2011 Pan Am Games team gold medalist, 2009 World all-around champion and 2008 Olympic team silver medalist, visited St. Louis on Nov. 8-9 to promote tickets going on sale Nov. 12.
Performances at the 2012 Visa Championships will determine which gymnasts advance to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, June 28-July 1 in San Jose, Calif. The Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics' national championships, features men's and women's gymnastics, with competition in both the junior and senior divisions. This is just the second time the Visa Championships have been held in St. Louis; the last time was in 2000. The St. Louis Sports Commission is the host organization for the four-day competition.
"The Visa Championships is always an incredible showcase of the talented gymnasts we have in the United States," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "This is an important event for all of our athletes, especially those who are trying to make the Olympic Team."
The schedule for the 2012 Visa Championships is below. Scores from both days of competition count equally. All times are central.
Thursday, June 7
1:00 p.m. - Jr. Men Competition – Day 1
6:30 p.m. - Sr. Men's Competition – Day 1
Friday, June 8
1:00 p.m. - Jr. Women's Competition – Day 1
6:30 p.m. - Sr. Women's Competition – Day 1
Saturday, June 9
11:30 a.m. - Sr. Men's Competition – Final Day
6:00 p.m. - Jr. Men's Competition – Final Day
Sunday, June 10
10:00 a.m. - Jr. Women's Competition – Final Day
2:30 p.m. - Sr. Women's Competition – Final Day
The Visa Championships determine the U.S. champions and the national team for both the junior and senior elite levels for men's and women's gymnastics. NBC Sports and Universal Sports will broadcast and webcast the action from St. Louis.
Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University. Chaifetz Arena (TheChaifetzArena.com) is a 10,600-seat multipurpose venue on the campus of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. Chaifetz Arena is the home to the Saint Louis University Billikens Men's and Women's Basketball and 150 concerts, family shows and special events per year. The $81-million arena opened in April 2008 and features a 20,000 square foot event floor, 14 suites, two party decks, two multi-purpose rooms, and a 4,700 square foot club on the event floor. Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages Chaifetz Arena, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.
St. Louis Sports Commission. The St. Louis Sports Commission is the privately funded nonprofit organization that makes St. Louis a better place to live, visit, work and play through sports. Its efforts focus on attracting, creating and managing major sporting events for the St. Louis region – and contributing to its quality of life. Since its inception in 1989, the organization has produced a diverse lineup of high-profile events that excite area sports fans, generate revenue for the region and garner positive exposure for St. Louis. The Sports Commission hosted the Visa Championships in 2000 and has played integral roles in other recent Olympic events staged in St. Louis. A catalyst for civic benefit, economic development and charitable good, the Sports Commission has been recognized as a leader in its industry and its community.
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, acrobatic gymnastics and group gymnastics. For more information, log on to www.usagym.org.