This weekend, a premier event in women’s artistic gymnastics comes to Cowtown. Here are a few key things to know about the event.
When and where will it be held?
The action takes place at the Fort Worth Convention Center arena Thursday, January 23rd – Sunday, January 26th
Who will compete?
Junior and senior gymnasts from across the country will compete throughout the four days, including plenty of folks from local clubs.
The centerpiece NCAA quad meet takes place on Saturday. As usual, it features four strong teams. Oklahoma leads the field. Not only did the top-ranked Sooners win the Metroplex Challenge last year, they also took home the NCAA team title in the same venue. They are led by two-time defending NCAA All-Around champion Maggie Nichols.
The University of Denver also competed in this event last season, and then went on to make it back for the NCAA Final Four.
Alabama and Georgia, also NCAA top-20 programs, will also compete and could really bump up their ratings with a strong showing in Fort Worth.
What should I know about tickets?
Daily passes are $30 and must be paid for with cash at the Convention Center box office. Tickets for the NCAA meet are also $30 and are general admission.
Will any Olympic gymnasts be in attendance?
As a matter of fact, yes. Jonathan Horton, 2008 Olympic silver medalist on the high bar, will appear at the Convention Center. In addition to his proficiency on artistic gymnastics apparatus, he’s also an author and will conduct book signings all weekend.