Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News
The American Cup is set to be the first gymnastics event at AT&T Stadium next year. The event on March 7, 2015, will be slightly more than a year before the Summer Olympics in Brazil. It will be the first American Cup in Texas since a three-year run in Fort Worth from 1996 to 1998. The top Junior Olympic hopefuls will compete the day before the American Cup in an event named after Olympic all-around gold medalist Nastia Liukin.
AT&T Stadium in Arlington will host the American Cup in 2015, organizers announced Wednesday morning.
USA Gymnastics and AT&T Stadium officials said the event will take place March 7, 2015, and will be the first time the international invitational gymnastics competition will be held in a football stadium.
"AT&T Stadium will be a truly unique stage to showcase gymnastics as the Road to Rio heats up in 2015," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics in a news release.
Legendary gymnastic coach Bela Karolyi and some star gymnasts were on hand for the announcement at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday, including Olympic gold medalists Nastia Liukin, Carly Patterson, Kurt Thomas and bronze medalist Kim Zmeskal-Burdette — all winners of the American Cup in the past.
The event is part of the World Cup with the International Gymnastic Federation and challenges gymnasts to a one-day all-around competition.
In addition to the American Cup, the stadium will hold The Nastia Liukin Cup, featuring top Junior Olympic female gymnasts, on March 6, 2015. The cup, obviously, is named for five-time Olympic and nine-time World medal winner Nastia Liukin.
Liukin and Patterson both, of course, are from North Texas.
Tickets are expected to go on sale this fall.