Global Spectrum recently announced that more than 300 of the world’s best gymnasts will head to the Pacific Northwest for the first time since 1995 when the Comcast Arena at Everett plays host to the 2012 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, March 16-18. Men’s and women’s gymnastics will be held in the Comcast Arena at Everett, with rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline at the Comcast Community Ice Rink. Allsession tickets are on sale at ComcastArenaEverett.com.
Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny and legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi attended the official announcement in the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center this morning.
“The 2012 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships is a wonderful opportunity for Everett to get an international closeup,” said Stephanson. “Eyes from around the globe will be on us as Everett becomes the center of the gymnastics world for a few days next spring.”
“Hosting an event of this stature is a huge honor for the state of Washington and the city of Everett,” said Gregoire. “It not only allows Washingtonians to be a part of the road to the 2012 Olympics in London, but it also will be a boost for local hotels, restaurants and shopkeepers. This event will bring the world to Washington’s door.”
“The Pacific Rim Championships will be the largest international gymnastics event held in the state of Washington since the 1990 Goodwill Games,” said Penny. “The character of the Pacific Rim is so alive in the Seattle/Everett area, which provides the perfect backdrop to host athletes from all over this region. This event will be a showcase of some of the world’s top talent as we get ready for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.”
The three-day event is expected to feature athletes from more than 14 countries, including Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, competing in men’s, women’s and rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline.
While the Seattle area has held three major gymnastics events, this is the first time Everett will stage a gymnastics event of this stature. The gymnastics competition at the 1990 Goodwill Games was staged in Tacoma, and Seattle was the site for the 1995 American Cup and 1973 women’s national championships.
All session tickets range from $110 to $250 (including facility fees) and are available online through www.ComcastArenaEverett.com; or through participating area gymnastics clubs. Visa is the preferred method of payment. For more information, go to www.usagym.org/events.
The event will officially start with an opening ceremony sponsored by the Tulalip Resort Casino. The tentative competition schedule is: March 16, team and all-around finals for women’s gymnastics and rhythmic gymnastics; March 17, men’s team and allaround finals and rhythmic gymnastics individual event finals; and March 18, men’s and women’s individual event finals and men’s and women’s trampoline preliminary and final rounds. Everett Community College is an ancillary facility for the event.