Schedule & ticket plan set for Freestyle World Cup at the Forum in LA, March 15-16

By Gary Abbott USA Wrestling | Feb. 10, 2014, 10:12 a.m. (ET)
All-Session Tickets Go On Sale To The General Public On Wednesday, February 12

USA Wrestling has announced that the 2014 Freestyle World Cup will be held at the Forum, presented by Chase, March 15-16 in Inglewood, Calif. The World Cup is the annual international dual meet championships, and will feature the top 10 men’s freestyle wrestling teams in the world.

This historic venue will provide a tremendous setting for the best Olympic-caliber freestyle wrestlers in the world. The Forum has a long history of hosting major sports events. It served as the home for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL and the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA for many years. It also was the venue for basketball at the 1984 Olympic Games.

The Forum underwent a reinvention that has created a thriving venue for both artists and music fans. The Forum opened on January 15 as the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment. It will be configured specifically for international wrestling, with a seating capacity of approximately 7,500 for the Freestyle World Cup.

“We are thrilled to welcome the 2014 FILA Freestyle Wrestling World Cup as our first sporting event since the ‘Fabulous Forum’ re-opened in January. The Forum’s intimate ambiance will make everyone feel as though they’re a part of the action as the world’s best freestyle wrestling teams go head to head,”said Sid Greenfeig, senior vice president, west coast business operations, the Forum. “We look forward to attracting even more select sporting events that take advantage of the venue’s uniqueness and deliver on our promise to provide the very best in entertainment.”

The 10 nations which will compete for the World Cup are (alphabetically): Armenia, Georgia, India, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States. Nations were invited based upon final team standings at the 2013 World Championships.

The most recent Freestyle World Cup was held in Tehran, Iran in February 2013, with Iran winning the team title, Russia placing second and the United States placing third.

The final event schedule and ticket distribution plan have been finalized. Discounted All-Session tickets will become available to the general public on Wednesday, February 12, via Ticketmaster, through http://www.ticketmaster.com/, www.fabulousforum.com, and The Forum Box Office. The phone number for Ticketmaster is 800-745-3000.

The discounted All-Session tickets for the two-day event will be available for a limited time, and at three price levels:
• General Admission (Sections 201-211 and 225-236) for $50 face value
• Preferred Seating (in the 100 levels) for $130 face value
• VIP (100 levels center mat) for $270 face value.

All Ticketmaster purchases are subject to a convenience fee.

The World Cup field will be split into two pools of five nations, with each team competing against the other four teams in its pool. The winning teams of each pool will compete for first place; second place in each pool will compete for third place; third place in each pool will compete for fifth place; fourth place in each pool will compete for seventh place and fifth place in each pool will compete for ninth place.

Teams will be randomly drawn into the two pools, which will be announced prior to the start of the competition. For more information, visit: www.wrestlingworldcup.com

The local organizing committee has been structured, benefitting from the talent and membership of Beat the Streets Los Angeles, California USA Wrestling, the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club, the Semnani Family Foundation and other strong Los Angeles-based sports organizations.

The Freestyle World Cup was developed in the United States, which has hosted the event 26 times since its inception. The most recent time that the United States hosted the event was in 2003 in Boise, Idaho.

This will be the second major international wrestling event held in Los Angeles within a year. United4Wrestling, which featured the United States, Russia and Canada competing in men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling, was hosted at LA Coliseum on May 19, 2013. This successful event was an important competition in helping wrestling display its worldwide appeal and retain its status as an Olympic sport.

FREESTYLE WORLD CUP
at the Forum, presented by Chase, Inglewood, Calif., March 14-15

Event Schedule

Saturday, March 15
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Session I
5:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Session II

Sunday, March 16
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Session III
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Championship Final, Dual Meets for First Place and Third Place, and Award Ceremonies

ABOUT THE FORUM
The Forum underwent a reinvention that has created a thriving venue for both artists and music fans. The Forum opened on January 15 as the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment. Architecturally, the interior of the bowl has been completely modernized and features flexible seating, ranging from 17,500 seats to 8,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of events. In addition to completely refurbished concourses, fans will enjoy approximately 8,000 square feet of new event level hospitality offerings, including food and beverage, merchandise and bathrooms. A tinted glass wall separates this concession area from the arena; ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. Additionally, the Forum delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for artists thanks to its superior acoustics, intimate ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities. The new Forum was designed with artists in mind and includes seven, star-caliber dressing rooms that feature upgraded amenities, providing an unparalleled experience for all entertainers and performers. For more information, please visit www.fabulousforum.com

ABOUT USA WRESTLING
USA Wrestling is the National Governing Body for the Sport of Wrestling in the United States and, as such, is its representative to the United States Olympic Committee and the International Wrestling Federation FILA. Simply, USA Wrestling is the central organization that coordinates amateur wrestling programs in the nation and works to create interest and participation in these programs. Its president is James Ravannack, and its Executive Director is Rich Bender.

ABOUT FILA
FILA, the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, is the global governing body of the sport of wrestling. It works to promote the sport and facilitate the activities of its 177 national federations from around the world. It is based in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.

To learn more about FILA visit its official website, http://www.fila-official.com/; Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/fila.official, or Twitter handle, @FILA_Official.

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