2010 World vault champion Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., recently traveled to Saint Paul, Minn., to promote the 2011 Visa Championships, scheduled for Aug. 17-20 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., and to mark the early-bird sale of all-session tickets for the four-day event. Sacramone dodged winter storms in the Midwest and Northeast to get to the Twin Cities area, where she visited four local gymnastics clubs and stopped by a Minnesota Wild game.
The 2008 Olympic team silver medalist met with young gymnasts, posed for photos and signed autographs at TAGS Gymnastics in Apple Valley; Gleason’s Gymnastics in Eagan; Perpetual Motion in Woodbury; and Rising Stars Gymnastics in Oakdale.
Sacramone was introduced at the Minnesota Wild game, and through a Aca A Tweet-2-Meet-AliciaAca A contest, met and had her picture taken with Alex Kempston of Eden Prairie, Minn., the lucky winner.
At the 2011 Visa Championships, men’s and women’s gymnastics will be held at Xcel Energy Center, and rhythmic gymnastics will be staged at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
All-session ticket packages for the 2011 Visa Championships 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.
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 Aca A meet and greetAca A passes for three nights. Group tickets are available by calling 651-312-3486. In recognition of Visa’s longstanding support, USA Gymnastics is proud to accept only Visa 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.
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.