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Milwaukee to serve as host of 2015 Skate America

First event in Grand Prix Series to feature two days of competition
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The city of Milwaukee, host of 2015 Skate America, overlooks Lake Michigan. -VISIT Milwaukee

U.S. Figure Skating announced Monday that Milwaukee will be the site of 2015 Skate America, the first stop in next season's Grand Prix Series.

The competition will take place at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena from Oct. 22-25. In a break from tradition, the event will feature just two days of competition as opposed to the usual three. Thursday, Oct. 22, will be an official practice day, and the exhibition gala will be held Sunday, Oct. 25.

Icenetwork will stream live coverage of Skate America, and the entire Grand Prix Series, on a subscription basis. Broadcast details and a full schedule of coverage will be announced at a later date.

2015 Skate America will be the first major international figure skating event to be held in Milwaukee.

"U.S. Figure Skating is excited to bring Skate America to Milwaukee," U.S. Figure Skating Executive Director David Raith said. "We look forward to hosting a world-class figure skating competition in the area for the first time."

This will be the third year in a row that Skate America will take place in the Midwest, after Detroit and Hoffman Estates, Illinois, staged the event in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

"Milwaukee is very excited to host its first international event with U.S. Figure Skating, and to welcome current and future Olympians to the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena," said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

The complete list of athletes selected to compete at 2015 Skate America, and the rest of the 2015 Grand Prix events, will be announced at the ISU Council meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 15.

Other stops in the 2015 Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada, Cup of China, Trophée Eric Bompard, Rostelecom Cup and NHK Trophy. The 2015 Grand Prix Final will be held Dec. 7-13 in Barcelona, Spain.