The World Cup will again be on American soil in 2015 which is good news since the United States did not finish in the top 8 at the World Championships to qualify for this year without being the host.
Despite my protests, (as if my opinion carries a lot of weight) the World Cup will be held in Inglewood, California at the Forum. I really think one of these events could be a major boost to American wrestling's perception in the media. However, hosting these events in LA or on Long Island doesn't maximize attendance.
Think if you held the Championships in Minneapolis, Chicago, or Philadelphia and you had guys like Jordan Burroughs, Brent Metcalf, Ed Ruth, and Kyle Dake going for World Championships facing the world's best competition. The arenas in these cities would fill up in a hurry and really show how popular wrestling is. Instead we will host them in the Orleans Arena in Paradise, Nevada. It has a capacity of 9,500 seats and half of them will be empty. There were more people at Iowa vs Iowa State two weeks ago than this arena can hold!
Here is the release from Gary Abbott:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Tickets for the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup are now on sale.
Tickets for this popular international event, scheduled for April 11-12, 2015, at the Forum, presented by Chase, in Inglewood, Calif., can be purchased through Ticketmaster and at The Forum box office.
The World Cup is wrestling's most important team competition and the annual international dual meet championships. The event features the top eight men's freestyle wrestling teams in the world.
All-Session tickets are available, as well as Single-Day tickets.
Fans can purchase All-Session tickets for $60 for General Admission and $85 for Preferred Seating. Single-Day tickets, on either Saturday or Sunday, are $35 for General Admission and $55 for Preferred Seating. Fees apply for tickets purchased through Ticketmaster.
A special holiday offer provides $20 off preferred seats only at ticketmaster.com, with the special code CHRISTMAS. This runs from December 10 through January 5.
A group discount offer for clubs is also available. There is a 20% discount for all USA Wrestling members. Both offers can also be found at wrestlingworldcup.com.
The host United States will have one of the eight team berths. The other seven team invited, based upon the final team standings at the 2014 World Championships, are (alphabetically): Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Mongolia, Russia and Turkey.
"This marks the second consecutive time the World Cup will be held in Los Angeles," said Andy Barth, chairman of World Cup 2015. "Last year, on short notice and in a compressed time frame we staged what was recognized as one of the best run and most exciting World Cup's ever. This year, with more time, we expect an equally well run and exciting competition with expectations for bigger crowds of cheering fans. This will be a great preview to the 2016 Olympics."
This will be the second straight year that USA Wrestling and the international wrestling federation UWW will host the World Cup at the Forum, presented by Chase.
"We are thrilled to welcome back the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup." said Dana Dufine, Senior Vice President and Head of West Coast Operations, The Madison Square Garden Company. "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."
Many of the greatest Olympic-caliber men's freestyle wrestlers in the world are expected to participate. Iran was the team champion at the 2014 World Cup held in Los Angeles, with Russia placing second, the United States third.
The World Cup field will be split into two pools of four nations, with each team competing against the other three 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 and fourth place in each pool will compete for seventh 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 benefits from the talent and membership of Beat the Streets Los Angeles, California USA Wrestling, the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club and other premiere Los Angeles-based sports organizations.
The Freestyle World Cup was developed in 1973 in the United States, which has hosted the event 27 times since its inception, the most of any nation.
FREESTYLE WRESTLING WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 11
3:00 p.m. - Session I - Pool Competition
6:15 p.m. - Session II - Pool Competition
Sunday, April 12
11:00 a.m. - Session III - Pool Competition, Fifth and Seventh Place Dual Meets
4:15 p.m. - Session IV - First and Third Place Dual Meets