Skate America headed to the Pacific Northwest to open 2018 Grand Prix season

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Skate America is heading to Everett, Washington next year.

U.S. Figure Skating announced on Thursday the selection of XFINITY Arena as the host Oct. 19-21, 2018. The international event will be the first of six stops on the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating.

This year, Skate America is being held next week in Lake Placid and is the final of the six competitions leading into the Grand Prix Final.

Skate America previously was in Everett in 2008. The arena hosts the Everett Silvertips, a franchise in the Western Hockey League.

“U.S. Figure Skating is excited Skate America will return to Everett after the event set a record for attendance in 2008,” U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said.

“We saw a truly passionate fan base and skating community, and we believe the athletes and officials will enjoy that experience again next fall.”

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