Covid-19 pandemic pushes U.S. Figure skating championships out of San Jose to Las Vegas
The U.S. Figure Skating Championships have been moved from San Jose, where they were scheduled to be held in January, to Las Vegas because of complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
It would have been the fourth time that the sport’s national championship competition was held at the SAP Center but the 2023 championships have been rescheduled here instead, one year after the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Four senior-level international figure skating competitions, including two planned as test events of Beijing’s facilities, have been postponed or canceled because of Covid this season by the International Skating Union, the sport’s governing body.
“SAP Center at San Jose was prepared to safely and successfully host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January 2021,” Jonathan Becher, president of Sharks Sports & Entertainment and SAP Center, said in an emailed statement. “While we are disappointed to wait, we are excited to host the championship in 2023 and showcase the city of San Jose and SAP Center to a national audience.”