Visit Spokane Welcomes International Figure Skating Event
Spokane to host inaugural Team Challenge Cup in 2016
(September 24, 2015) Visit Spokane applauds the team at Star USA for winning the bid to have Spokane, WA host the 2016 Team Challenge Cup, April 22-24, 2016. This is an inaugural event featuring 42 of the world's top figure skaters, competing as teams representing North America, Europe and Asia.
Spokane was chosen to host the event largely because of the region's past success in hosting national figure skating events. Spokane hosted the US Figure Skating Championships in 2007 and 2010, shattering attendance records.
"We are so excited to have an international event of this caliber in Spokane," said Cheryl Kilday, Visit Spokane President & CEO. "The team at Star USA worked hard to bring this first-time event to our destination, and we can't wait to show visitors from all over the world what makes the Spokane region such a wonderful place to live, work and visit."
Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $893 million in 2014, providing jobs for nearly 10,000 residents in the region and generating $88.6 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*
*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2014.