U.S. Figure Skating has selected Detroit as the host city for the 2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will be staged January 19–27. All junior free skate/dance and championship level events will be held at the recently opened Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit and all junior short programs/dance, novice, intermediate and juvenile events will take place at the Detroit Skating Club. The city last hosted the event in 1994 at Joe Louis Arena.
The U.S. Championships, which serve as the final qualifying event to make the U.S. World Figure Skating Team every year and the U.S. Olympic Team every four years, annually attract more than 1,700 athletes, coaches, officials and media. The event is estimated to generate more than $18 million in local economic impact.
“Detroit and all of Michigan is a skating hotbed that is home to many of our top athletes, both past and present,” U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said. “Detroit, highlighted by the newly opened Little Caesars Arena and downtown redevelopment, will be a great host to our athletes, coaches, officials and fans from around the country. It will be a wonderful event in one of the great, new venues in our country.”
U.S. Figure Skating will plan the 2019 U.S. Championships with local support from the Detroit Sports Commission, 313 Presents and the Detroit Skating Club.
“Suburban Detroit is the epicenter for world-class figure skating, so we feel the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event is coming home,” said Kris Smith, director of the Detroit Sports Commission. “The metro Detroit community is primed and ready to showcase our great destination, while raising the bar like we always do to make this the best championship experience yet. We believe we have the best venue in the country in Little Caesars Arena and partners such as the mayor’s office, 313 Presents, the Detroit Skating Club and Detroit Metro Skating Council.”
The 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships will be staged December 29, 2017 – January 7, 2018 in San Jose, California.