USA Gymnastics announced that the 2017 American Cup, scheduled for March 4, 2017, will return to Prudential Center following the incredible success leading up to this week’s 2016 event, which will take place at the Newark, N.J., arena on Saturday, March 5. The announcement was made at 2016 AT&T American Cup Media Day at Prudential Center.
The decision marks only the second time since 2002 that the American Cup, the USA’s most prestigious international invitational, will be held at the same arena in consecutive years. Prudential Center’s location in the middle of one of the most concentrated areas of gymnastics clubs in the country and track record of successful gymnastics events, including the 2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, helped fuel the American Cup’s return to The Rock for 2017.
“The response of the local gymnastics community has been amazing for this year’s event,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “The New Jersey-New York metropolitan area has demonstrated its support for gymnastics, and we look forward to returning in 2017 to celebrate the achievements in 2016 and begin the new Olympic quad.”
“We are extremely proud that the international gymnastics spotlight will shine on New Jersey again next year,” said Scott O’Neil, CEO of Prudential Center. “It’s an honor to welcome this sport’s incredible participants and fans, and through a terrific partnership with USA Gymnastics, we look forward to making the 2017 American Cup a world-class event.”
Tickets for the 2017 American Cup will go on sale to the general public later this year. For group (10+ people) sales information, please call Prudential Center’s Group Events team at 973-757-6250. Discounted tickets are also available through local gym clubs that participate in the Club Ticket Sales Program.
The impressive list of former American Cup champions includes: Simone Biles, Bart Conner, Tim Daggett, Paul Hamm, Jonathan Horton, Shawn Johnson, Danell Leyva, Nastia Liukin, Sam Mikulak, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton, Kurt Thomas, Peter Vidmar, Jordyn Wieber and Kim Zmeskal-Burdette. Past sites for the American Cup include: New York, N.Y. (1976-80, 1982-84, 2004, 2008, 2012); Ft. Worth, Texas (1981, 1996-98); Indianapolis, Ind. (1985); Fairfax, Va. (1986-90, 2003); Orlando, Fla. (1991-94, 2000-02); Seattle, Wash. (1995); St. Petersburg, Fla. (1999); Uniondale, N.Y. (2005); Philadelphia, Pa. (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); Worcester, Mass. (2010, 2013); Greensboro, N.C. (2014); Arlington, Texas (2015); and Newark, N.J. (2016-17).
About USA Gymnastics: Based in Indianapolis, USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States. Its mission is to encourage participation and the pursuit of excellence in the sport. Its disciplines include men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, acrobatic gymnastics and Gymnastics for All (formerly known as group gymnastics). For more complete information, log on to www.usagym.org.
About Prudential Center: Prudential Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. Ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and welcomes 1.75 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com and Facebook, and follow @PruCenter on Twitter.