MISSISSAUGA, ON: The Mississauga Celebration Square Ice Rink hosted some of Canada’s top skaters today as Skate Canada, in partnership with the City of Mississauga and Toronto Tourism, announced that Mississauga has been awarded the hosting of the 2016 Skate Canada International competition. The event will take place from October 27-30, 2016 at the Hershey Centre. Ticket packages for the event will go on sale to the public this Thursday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

Mississauga has been one of the leading host cities for Skate Canada competitions. Skate Canada International has visited the city in 2011, 2003 and 2000, Skate Canada Challenge was held in 2008 through 2011, and in 2013 the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships were also held at the Hershey Centre.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Mississauga for the 43rd instalment of Skate Canada International. Over the years the City of Mississauga, Toronto Tourism and the Hershey Centre have proven to be valuable partners and have contributed to the success of several Skate Canada events,” said Dan Thompson, Skate Canada CEO. “Over the event weekend, fans will see some spectacular skating from Canadian stars and high-level international athletes. It is an event you won’t want to miss out on. We hope to see the community come out and support all the competitors.”

Skate Canada International is the second competition in the annual ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Other Grand Prix events include the United States (Skate America), China (Cup of China), France (Trophée Eric Bompard), Russia (Rostelecom Cup), and Japan (NHK Trophy). Competing skaters are awarded points based on their placements in the series’ events. The top-six men and ladies and the top-six pair and ice dance teams qualify for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final to be held in December 2016.

“Mississauga is truly excited to play host to the 2016 Skate Canada International competition at our celebrated Hershey Centre,” Mayor Crombie said. “We look forward to welcoming athletes, coaches, and fans from communities throughout Canada.”

Mayor Crombie added that “Mississauga is a proud sports’ community, home to first-rate facilities with a history of hosting national and international competitions. City Council has a vision for Mississauga to be a community where active and healthy lifestyles – through sports and recreation opportunities – are encouraged by City Hall.”

All-event ticket packages will go on sale this Thursday, November 26 at 10 a.m. (ET). Packages prices range from $157.50-$195, plus applicable surcharges. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, by phone at 1.855.985.5000 or in person at the Hershey Centre box office.

These prices offer a discount of 25% from the single event ticket prices. Single event tickets will go on sale in later in 2016.