Atlantic City Convention Center to Welcome More Than 26,000 Cheerleaders, Gymnasts, Families and Fans for Two Competitions this Weekend

Events Will Generate 3,600 Room Nights and More Than $3.3 Million in Delegate Spending for Atlantic City


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Friday, January 8, 2016) Athletes and cheer and gymnastics enthusiasts will gather at the Atlantic City Convention Center from January 15-17 as the building hosts two sporting competitions.

The facility will welcome more than 26,000 cheerleaders, gymnasts, families and fans for Spirit Cheer 2016, Beast of the East Winter Nationals and Star Bound Gymnastics’ 19th Annual SBGA Star Struck Invitational.

Local Atlantic City businesses are expected to greatly benefit from the activity at the convention center. The estimated delegate spending is expected to reach more than $3.3 million dollars. In addition, 3,600 hotel rooms have been contracted by convention center visitors throughout the week.

The 19th Annual Star Struck Invitational will kick off on Friday, January 15 and a variety of gymnasts of all levels will be put to the test to show off their skills. The event will feature numerous sessions during each day consisting of both team and individual competitions. The multi-day event will conclude on Sunday, January 17.

“The Star Struck Invitational has grown into one of the nation’s largest gymnastics competitions hosting over 3,000 athletes. The competition has become a platform for young gymnasts to reach out to those less fortunate than themselves.  Our athletes are encouraged to respect their good fortune while respecting those faced with challenges. The Star Struck competition has touched thousands of lives and we look forward to touching thousands more,” said Lisa Battavio, Star Bound Gymnastics owner.

Spirit Cheer will bring two action packed days of cheerleading and dance routines to the convention center on Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17. Spirit Cheer consists of over 22,000 athletes and they are set to compete at numerous cheer completions throughout the country in 2016.

Both competitions will run throughout the entire weekend at the convention center and conclude on Sunday, June 17. For more event information, visit: and

About the Atlantic City Sports Commission
The Atlantic City Sports Commission was officially formed on January 13, 2015 as a 501 (c)(3) organization with the support of Meet AC and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to attract sporting events, conventions and competitions to Atlantic City.


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