Portland figure skating fans will get a chance to see some of the sport's finest technical purveyors early next year.
The 2016 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships will take place Jan. 27 to Jan. 31 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It's U.S. Figure Skating’s largest annual event, the group says.
Local organizers include the Oregon Skating Council, the Oregon Sports Authority, Rose Quarter and Travel Portland.
More than 4,000 skaters and others are expected to attend, as organizers project the economic impact will exceed $3 million.
“We’ve already had more than 6,000 room nights booked by the synchronized skating teams and are expecting a multi-million dollar impact for our community in what is typically a slower month for tourism,” Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority, said in a release.
“Portland hotels, restaurants and retail businesses will be absolutely packed with synchronized skaters and their families visiting from across the country.”
The synchronized figure skating teams include between eight and 20 skaters who perform routines in unison. The International Skating Union wants synchronized skating to become an Olympic sport.