Gymnastics fans are invited to get a free preview of the nation’s top teams on Wednesday, April 15, when the 2009 National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championships hosts its open practice day at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion.
The doors at the Sports Pavilion will open at 10:30 a .m., with teams from Thursday’s opening qualifying session (Stanford, Michigan, California, Penn State, Nebraska and Navy) scheduled to practice from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Golden Gophers along with the six other teams slated to compete in Thursday’s evening qualifying session (Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio State, Illinois-Chicago and Iowa) will practice from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The official competition gets underway at the 2009 National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, April 16, with the 12-team national qualifier. The afternoon pre-qualifying session begins at 1 p.m., with the evening pre-qualifying session starting at 7 p.m.
The top three teams from each pre-qualifying session will advance to the six-team finals on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. The top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will also advance to the finals session.
The individual event finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m.
Both all-session and single-session ticket packages are on sale through the University of Minnesota Athletics Department and may be purchased in person at the ticket office in Mariucci Arena, over the phone by calling 612-624-8080 or 800-UGOPHER, or online at www.gophersports.com.
All-session adult tickets, which include all four competition sessions, are priced at $35, with all-session student tickets available for $25. Single-session tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $8 for students. Special single-session packages for groups of 15 or more are also available and are priced at $5 per ticket.
Open Practice Day Schedule (free admission)
10:30 a.m. Sports Pavilion gates open
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Stanford, Michigan, California, Penn State, Nebraska, Navy
2 p.m.-5 p.m. Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota, Illinois-Chicago, Iowa.