Boston awarded 2016 World Championships
Dates, locations of other future ISU championships also announced
|The 2016 World Figure Skating Championships will be the third major skating event to be held in Boston in three years. (Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)|
"We are thrilled to welcome the best figure skaters in the world back to the United States," U.S. Figure Skating President Patricia St. Peter said. "We have a great tradition of hosting high-caliber international events. We are confident the city of Boston and the Skating Club of Boston will welcome our figure skating family with the same excitement they have afforded to other domestic and international events in recent years."
Boston was the site of the 2013 World Synchronized Skating Championships in April and is also set to host the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final qualifying event prior to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, next January.
"The Skating Club of Boston is extremely pleased to have been chosen to work with U.S. Figure Skating to host the 2016 World Championships," SC of Boston President Joe Blount said. "In its 100-year history, the Skating Club of Boston has never hosted the world championships. This will be a thrilling opportunity for all of us to welcome the world to Boston. We promise a memorable event both on and off the ice."
The world championships will return to the United States for the first time since 2009, when the event was held at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The 2016 World Championships will mark the 13th time the event will be held in the U.S. and the first time it will be held in Boston.
The dates and locations of four other future ISU championships were announced as well:
2015 World Synchronized Skating Championships
Hamilton, Ontario -- April 10-11, 2015
2016 European Figure Skating Championships
Bratislava, Slovak Republic -- January 25-31, 2016
2016 Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
Taipei City, Chinese Taipei -- February 9-14, 2016
2016 World Junior Figure Skating Championships
Debrecen, Hungary -- March 14-20, 2016