COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 25, 2014) – U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (suburban Chicago), as the host venue for 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Hilton HHonors, the guest loyalty program of Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, celebrates its fourth year as the title sponsor of Skate America, the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series. Competition featuring 56 world-class skaters from around the world will take place Oct. 24-26.
“The Greater Chicago area is home to many of our clubs and has an extensive skating fan base,” U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said. “U.S. Figure Skating is excited to bring our principal international event to this skating-rich area.”
Skate America, the premier annual international figure skating competition held in the United States since 1979, will be held in the Chicago area for the first time. The event will be the first major U.S. Figure Skating event, domestic or international, held in Greater Chicago since the 1946 U.S. Championships. Sears Centre recently hosted the 2014 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Sectional Championships in January. The Hilton Rosemont/Chicago O’Hare will be the official host hotel for the event.