The 2021 U.S. Figure Skating Championship, originally scheduled to take place in San Jose, California, has been moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.
U.S. Figure Skating successfully applied a bubble-style format for all athletes, coaches, judges, and other essential personnel at the first stage of the ISU Grand Prix series – Skate America. Therefore, the organization decided to relocate the National Championship to the Orleans Arena as well.
San Jose was expected to host the event from January 11 to 17; now, Las Vegas will hold the event from January 11 to 21. As was the case with Skate America last month, no spectators will be permitted, though American fans will be able to watch extensive coverage on NBC, NBCSN, and Peacock Premium.
The U.S. Figure Skating Board of Directors selected San Jose, and the SAP Center, as host of the 2023 U.S. Figure Skating Championship. President of the American federation Anne Cammett said, “This has been a season unlike any other, and we’re appreciative of our local organizers and the skating community in San Jose for their willingness to be flexible during these challenging times. We are also confident that the proven bubble concept we will implement at the Orleans Arena will ensure the 2021 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships are a successful event for all competitors, coaches and officials.”
Information about the bubble that was given before this year’s Skate America; a similar structure will be implement for the National Championship:
The American organizers took serious precautions to make sure all health guidelines were followed. U.S. Figure Skating followed a similar model that several major sports organizations had implemented.
All athletes and everyone else associated with the event were be met at the McCarran International Airport, and were be transported by car to the Orleans Arena. Upon entering the bubble, they received a COVID test and were checked into their hotel rooms at the connected Orleans Hotel and Casino. Three floors and four elevators were exclusively used for the event, and everyone had to stay in their hotel rooms for 12 to 14 hours until their COVID test results came back.
Once the negative test results were received by text or e-mail, the participants were officially active in the bubble and had to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s safety measures of wearing a mask and social distancing. If a positive test results had been received, the person would be retested. Another positive test would rule the participant out of the event.