Spokane is putting the finishing touches on plans for the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which it's hosting from January 14-24. Held in the 10,500-seat Spokane Arena, the event determines which U.S. skaters go on to compete in the February 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
Skating officials have released the final schedule for the event, which is spread out over ten days. Clients can buy individual and packaged tickets for the competition.
In addition, Spokane is honoring the sport by hosting FanFest, a free celebration of figure skating. Held at River Park Square throughout the dates of the tournament, FanFest provides clients with an inside look at the championships while they sample food and drink, get autographs and enjoy live entertainment.
Spokane received national acclaim for the success it achieved as host of the 2007 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which attracted a record attendance of 154,893. This is the first time in over 50 years that the event has been held in the same city twice in a four-year Olympic cycle.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Figure Skating 2010 Hall of Fame nominees were recently announced. The class of 2010 will be inducted in Spokane.