The 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships, scheduled to take place in San Jose, California, in January, will be held instead in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena with San Jose’s SAP Center selected as host for the 2023 national event.
The 2021 event will take place from January 11–21. Fans who planned on attending the event in San Jose will have refunds issued to all existing ticket holders.
U.S. Figure Skating previously staged 2020 Guaranteed Rate Skate America in a bubble-type environment at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas in October and will use the same operational plan that was approved by the Nevada Gaming Control Board for the U.S. Championships in January. Championship competition will take place from January 11–17 and junior competition from January 19–21. No spectators will be permitted, though fans will be able to watch coverage on NBC, NBCSN and Peacock Premium.
“This has been a season unlike any other and we’re appreciative of our local organizers and the skating community in San Jose for their willingness to be flexible during these challenging times,” U.S. Figure Skating President Anne Cammett said. “We are also confident that the proven bubble concept we will implement at the Orleans Arena will ensure the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships are a successful event for all competitors, coaches and officials.”
Both of the decisions on sites for 2021 and 2023 were made unanimously by the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors at its November 7 meeting. San Jose will play host to the country’s most prestigious figure skating competition for the fourth time in 2023.
“While certainly disappointed, we understand the difficult but necessary decision made by U.S. Figure Skating to move the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose to 2023,” said John Poch, executive director of the San Jose Sports Authority. “As always, the care and safety of the athletes, staff and fans is our top priority. I would like to thank the San Jose Local Organizing Committee for the tremendous amount of work that they’ve already put in to make the 2021 event a success and look forward to working with them over the next two years to ensure that the 2023 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose will be a safe, successful and memorable event for everybody involved.”