INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., July 19, 2005 – USA Gymnastics has awarded the Visa Championships, the national governing body’s premier annual championship, to St. Paul, Minn., and San Jose, Calif., in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Both events will have coverage on NBC Sports.
The five-year-old Xcel Energy Center and the St. Paul Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 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 hockey game, the Xcel Energy Center has hosted the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four, 2001-05 WCHA Final Five Hockey Tournaments, 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, 2003-04 TJ Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions, 2004 Campbell’s International Figure Skating Classic and 2004 NHL All-Star Game.
he San Jose Sports Authority is the sports marketing agency for the City of San Jose. Since its inception in 1991 the organization has brought 150 events to the City including six NCAA Championships, the NHL and MLS All Star Games and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.