Figure skating returns to Wichita generating an estimated $3.4 million for the city

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

New events are in store for Wichita this year.  

The city has 15 new sporting events on the books for 2020. Combined, they will bring in over $15 million in economic impact, and the first one started Wednesday at Intrust Bank Arena. 

The U.S. Figure Skating Sectional Championship is here for the second time. 

“It’s huge. Like I said, 2500 skaters, over 6000 hotel room nights, so basically every hotel in the city is sold out,” said Brian Hargrove.

Hargrove is the Executive Director of Sports Development at Visit Wichita. He said this event alone is expected to bring in more than $3.4 million for the city. 

With skaters ranging in age from 7, all the way to 70 years old, it was no surprise to find people in town to watch from all over the country.

“I think they just have a lot of fun being out there and going fast, playing with their friends on the ice,” said Gabor Fabian.

“It’s a very special moment for them to come here just for this occasion. It’s a big deal for them,” said Kristy Yogi.

Fabian and Yogi are here all the way from Los Angeles to cheer on their team. With the potential to continue on and play for Team USA in international competitions, Yogi says watching her team giving it their all and leaving their hearts on the ice is something she’ll never forget. 

“It makes me happy for them. I never got this experience as a child, so… Makes me kind of teary eyed for them. Happy and proud. Very proud parent,” said Yogi.  

The competition will continue daily from January 15th - 19th. If you would like to attend the event, tickets are available on Select-A-Seat and at the box office. 
 

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