Lou. to host gymnastics championship in 2014


by WHAS11


Posted on December 5, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville will welcome more than 2,000 Olympic gymnastic hopefuls over five days in 2014.
The Louisville Sports Commission says this is a major deal they have been working on for a while.

Greg Fante, a spokesperson for the Louisville Sports Commission, said building the relationship with the national governing body in Indianapolis has been “years in the making.”

The commission started working out a deal to lure USA Gymnastics, which hosts the championships, at the Kentucky Derby.

“To see all the great changes that have happened downtown with the YUM Center, the walk-ability, the hotel packages that we have. It makes Louisville a very large community for these types of sporting events," said Fante.

There will be three major championships coming to the city, which include rhythmic, trampoline and acrobatic. Some of the competitions will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center and others at the KFC Yum Center. The competitions will have an estimated $2.3 million economic impact.

The KFC YUM! Center was a big factor that made Louisville the final choice.
Steve Penny, USA Gymnastics CEO, said having this in an arena certainly elevates the status of their event and Louisville was heads above the 12 other cities vying to host the championships.

He said Louisville has a proven track record of hosting events of this magnitude.

“You have a great group of people to work with,” Penny said.  “They brought a great mix to the table to make this a special time for our athletes.”