GK U.S. Classic returns to Hartford’s XL Center

By Patricia Duffy | February 1, 2020
The 2020 GK U.S. Classic returns to Hartford, CT in May.
Courtesy USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 31, 2020 – After a four-year break, the GK U.S. Classic will return to Hartford, Conn., and the XL Center on May 23. The event was last in Hartford, Conn., in 2016 as part of the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games. The GK U.S. Classic features athletes competing on the junior and senior levels and is the last opportunity for female gymnasts to qualify for the U.S. Championships, the national championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics. Gymnasts who have already qualified to nationals use the GK U.S. Classic as a final tune-up for the U.S. Championships (June 4-7, Fort Worth, Texas). In addition, the GK Hopes Championships, which features young, aspiring female gymnasts who are just below the elite level, is slated for Friday, May 22.

“In the Olympic year, the GK U.S. Classic takes on greater importance,” said Annie Heffernon, vice president for women’s gymnastics. “It is a great opportunity for fans to see many of the gymnasts who have their sights on 2020 and the Olympic Games, especially the juniors who will turn 16 in 2020, in the lead up to the U.S. Championships and the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.”

“During the lead up to Tokyo, we are honored to support our country’s elite junior and senior athletes,” added Girisha Chandraraj, chief executive officer, GK – Elite Sportswear. “2020 should be an incredible year for our sport, and we are thrilled to partner with USA Gymnastics to spotlight some our nation’s best gymnasts when they compete in the GK U.S. Classic.”

The competition schedule, which is subject to change, is: GK U.S. Classic – May 23 at 1 p.m. ET for juniors and 6:30 p.m. ET for seniors; and GK Hopes Championships, May 22 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Set for Friday, May 22, the GK Hopes Championships is the culmination of the Hopes season. The GK Hopes Championships has two age groups, 10-11 year-olds and 12-13 year-olds. The top 18 from each age group, assuming each athlete achieves a minimum qualifying score, advance to the GK Hopes Championships from the Hopes Classic, taking place April 24, 2020.

All session tickets for the GK U.S. Classic and the GK Hopes Championships will are on sale now. You can purchase tickets here.

All-session ticket packages range in price from $79-$199, plus applicable fees, and prices vary depending on the seat location. The all-session ticket includes both the junior and senior sessions for the GK U.S. Classic on May 23, as well as the GK Hopes Championships on May 22. Tickets may be purchased at Sunwave Gas + Power Ticket Office at the XL Center or XLCenter.com. For information on club sales or group tickets, call XL Center Group Sales at (860) 548-2000. Discounted tickets are available through local gymnastics clubs that are participating in the club ticket sales program.

Past senior Classic all-around champions include Simone Biles, 2018-19, 2014-15; Olivia Courtney, 2009; Mattie Larson, 2010; Ashley Priess, 2006; Aly Raisman, 2016, 2011-12; Kyla Ross, 2013; Alyona Shchennikova, 2017; Bridget Sloan, 2007; and Ashley Stott, 2008. Previous sites include Louisville, Ky., 2019; Columbus, Ohio, 2018; Hoffman Estates, 2017, 2013-15; Hartford, Conn., 2016; Chicago, 2010-12; Des Moines, Iowa, 2009; Houston, 2008; Battle Creek, Mich., 2007; Kansas City, Mo., 2006; Virginia Beach, Va., 2005; and Ontario, Calif., 2004.

This press release originally appeared on usagym.org.