Wichita to host major figure-skating competition for second time in 3 years

WICHTIA, Kan. For the second time in three years, Wichita has been selected as a host site for a national figure-skating competition.

Friday, Visit Wichita announced Wichita will host the 2020 Midwestern/Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships.

Wichita previously hosted this event in January (2018), welcoming about 2,500 skaters that competed at Intrust Bank Arena and practiced at the Wichita Ice Center.

It will be a similar set up when the competition returns to Wichita Jan. 15-19, 2020.

Wichita Mayor Longwell says the Midwestern/Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships wouldn't return to Wichita if the city didn't do well as a host in 2018.

He says the 2020 hosting could be even more successful with development plans in the city coming together, including a new baseball stadium near the Wichita Ice Center that should be at or near completion in early 2020.

"This is a huge win for our city, and we're very excited U.S. Figure Skating has selected Wichita for a second time," says Visit Wichita's Executive Director of Sports Development, Brian Hargrove. "It's a real testament to the quality ice facilities we have in the city, the strength of our local figure skating club and solidifies that Wichita is a tremendous sports city capable of hosting sporting events of all magnitudes."