USA Gymnastics Announced Plans Today For 2013 AT&T American Cup At The DCU Center
Tickets for the March 2, 2013 event will be on sale Fall 2012
USA Gymnastics announced today, June 26, that the 2013 AT&T American Cup, an International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Cup event, and the fourth-annual Nastia Liukin Cup will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., on March 2. The DCU Center hosted both events in 2010. Tickets for the events will go on sale in the fall.
“Returning to Worcester and the DCU Center is very exciting for USA Gymnastics,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “The AT&T American Cup and Worcester will be a great place to start the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”
The AT&T American Cup is one of the most prestigious international invitationals and features many of the world’s top all-around gymnasts. The Nastia Liukin Cup, which showcases some of the USA’s top Junior Olympic gymnasts, made its debut in 2010 in Worcester.
The City of Worcester and the SMG-managed DCU Center, in conjunction with Destination Worcester, worked together to attract the AT&T American Cup and the Nastia Liukin Cup to central Massachusetts.
“The City of Worcester is thrilled to host the 2013 AT&T American Cup,” said City Manager Michael O’Brien. “As a result of the 2010 events that USA Gymnastics brought to Worcester, the city received international exposure, national television coverage, thousands of visitors, and more than 700 occupied hotel rooms for a direct economic impact of more than $800,000.”
Sandy Dunn, general manager of the DCU Center, said, “During the course of three days and two levels of competition, nearly 10,000 competitors, supporters and fans came to Worcester to witness the 2010 American Cup and the inaugural Nastia Liukin Cup. Coming off the 2012 Olympic Games in London, there is no doubt that this prestigious invitational will leave its mark on the DCU Center and City of Worcester for a second time.”
The 2013 AT&T American Cup is an all-around competition. The field for the event will be announced closer to the competition. The list of former champions comprises some of the sport’s best-known names, including Bart Conner, Paul Hamm, Shawn Johnson, Danell Leyva, Nastia Liukin, Shannon Miller, Carly Patterson, Mary Lou Retton, Peter Vidmar and Jordyn Wieber.
The participants for the Nastia Liukin Cup qualify through the country’s top invitationals that are included in the Nastia Liukin Cup Series, which runs from January through February. The Nastia Liukin Cup is held the night before the AT&T American Cup, and its proceeds benefit the Nastia Liukin Fund, a charitable fund within the National Gymnastics Foundation.
Past sites for the American Cup include: New York City (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 (2006); Jacksonville, Fla. (2007, 2011); Hoffman Estates, Ill. (2009); and Worcester, Mass. (2010).