The local hosting responsibilities for the 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships are being led by North Carolina 2020, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the Championships. North Carolina 2020 is a collaborative effort among the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, the Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greensboro Sports Foundation, Figure Skating Clubs across North and South Carolina, and Sports & Properties, Inc.
The Greensboro Coliseum Complex (GCC) serves as the host venue of the 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The GCC is one of the largest and most active sports & entertainment complexes in the country with a 22,000-seat arena; over 100,000sf of exhibition hall space; a 2,200-seat fieldhouse; 7,500-seat amphitheater; 2,500-seat aquatic center; and ACC Hall of Champions. The GCC is the only venue in the America to stage the three major components of the U.S. Championships – Competition, Practice, and FanFest – in one building under one roof.
The Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB), an independent, non-profit governmental authority, is the destination agency for greater Greensboro, North Carolina. The GCVB markets the city and its many assets; provides guides and information on local restaurants, shopping, and entertainment; operates the Greensboro Visitors Center; and supports major events and activities that promote the city and region and deliver positive economic impacts. For the U.S. Championships, the GCVB is a major sponsor of the event and strategically places national advertising to promote the Championships. The GCVB also provides onsite visitor services in the FanFest for travelers to the event.
The Greensboro Sports Foundation (GSF) had its origins in the Tournament Hosts of Greensboro, an organization that began over 25 years ago. The recent rebranding of Tournament Hosts to the GSF, and incorporating the organization as a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit was intended to position the organization to further build Greensboro’s reputation as Tournament Town USA by developing strategic partners to help ensure the successful execution of major sporting events. For the 2020 Toyota U.S. Figure Skating Championships the GSF recruits volunteers and runs all airport shuttle transportation for officials and executives of U.S. Figure Skating.
The Figure Skating Clubs of North and South Carolina include nine clubs stretching from Greenville, South Carolina, to Wilmington, North Carolina. The nine clubs are as follows: Carolinas Figure Skating Club (Charlotte, NC), Central Carolina Figure Skating Club (Hillsborough, NC), Figure Skating Club of Charleston (Charleston, SC), Figure Skating Club of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC), Greenville Figure Skating Club (Greenville, SC), Palmetto Skate Club (Greenville, SC), Port City Figure Skating Club (Wilmington, NC), Summit Figure Skating Club (Greensboro, NC), and Triangle Figure Skating Club (Raleigh-Durham, NC). The clubs have participated in group ticket sales, and their athletes and club members are participating in important roles during the U.S. Championships, including as Volunteers, Sweepers, and Opening Ceremonies performers, among others.
Sports & Properties, Inc. (SPI) is leading the Local Organizing Committee for the Championships. SPI is responsible for planning and execution of all local host tasks ranging from accommodations and transport to ceremonies and ticketing. SPI developed and wrote the successful bid for the 2020 U.S. Championships, and now manages and directs the big event. SPI also recruited and successfully ran the Local Host Committee for the previous U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, in 2011 and 2015. SPI has won numerous awards for its production of the U.S. Championships, including the highest Sports Tourism honor of all: Event of the Year.
Hill Carrow, CEO of Sports & Properties, Inc., serves as the Chairman of North Carolina 2020, reprising the leadership roles he had as Chairman of the LOC in both 2011 and 2015. Spectrum News profiled Hill in a news story after the conclusion of the Championships. The video profile can be accessed here.
Paul Wylie, Olympic Silver Medalist, and the most decorated U.S. skater residing in North Carolina, has achieved a three-peat, serving as Honorary Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee again in 2020, after stints in that same role in both 2011 and 2015.