Graceful Landing: Montréal to Host World Figure Skating Championships

published on May 21, 2019
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The ISU World Figure Skating Championships is a massive sporting event held annually at different locations around the world. The competition brings together the 200 athletes from 50 countries in four disciplines: men, women, pair and ice dance. And while many sporting events showcase top athletes, not all of them attract an audience of this magnitude. Audience numbers is where the event really scores high marks: more than 300 million television viewers worldwide.

We have wonderful news: the 2020 ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be happening right here in Montréal March 16-22, 2020!

Big Event, Big Venue

A grand competition needs a grand venue. All competition events for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships will be held at Montréal’s Bell Centre.

Home to the Montréal Canadiens (our local hockey team) and the setting for countless major musicians (from Celine Dion to Khalid to Jennifer Lopez), the Bell Centre has a capacity for over 21,000 spectators. In fact, since opening in 1996, it has consistently been listed as one of the world's busiest arenas, usually receiving the highest attendance of any arena in Canada.

Tickets Now Available!

Skate Canada recently launched the official website for the 2020 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The website is dedicated to all things #Montreal2020 and will be the go-to source for all updated information regarding the championships. It also includes details on tickets, available from May 31, 2019. Fans will be able to choose from six levels of all-event ticket packages, which include all competitions, as well as competition practices (excluding gala practice). For the first time, the skating championships will also offer a Super Fan Section: prime seating, exclusive networking opportunities, swag and more.  

Side note: While you’re on the website, Skate Canada also has a Skating Glossary, which is helpful if you’ve ever wondered what exactly is a “Salchow” or a “camel spin.”

Did you know?

Montréal is a historic city of skating. Sure, we’ve hosted plenty of massive competitions, but we’ve also secured ourselves in skating folklore for other reasons. Parts of the epic 2007 film Blades of Glory were filmed in Montréal. The stadium used for the outside shoots is Montréal’s Olympic Stadium (a distinctive venue built for the 1976 Olympics) and the outdoor chase scenes were also shot on-location in Montréal.

Homecoming

The 2020 world championships will mark Canada’s 11th time hosting the global event, and a second for Montréal. The city last hosted the championships in 1932, which was the very first time Canada hosted the event.

We figure this skating event is a type of homecoming.

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