The Everett Public Facilities District, owners of XFINITY Arena at Everett, announced the appointment of two new Board Members, Secretary Mike Dutton and Board Member Ryan Crowther. They join the long-standing current EPFD Board comprised of President Gary Weikel, Treasurer Thomas Gaffney, and Vice President Lanie McMullin.
Mike Dutton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Washington and is currently a financial advisor with D.A. Davidson & Co with 31 years of advising experience. He also brings his diverse experience with positions on other boards including Everett Community College Foundation, Everett Golf and Country Club, Healing the Children, Snohomish County Red Cross, Imagine Children’s Museum, Snohomish County Sports Commission and Dawson Place.
Board Member Ryan Crowther graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and PR in 2008. He then began work with the Economic Development Council of Snohomish County and later became Marketing Manager of Economic Alliance Snohomish County. He created Puget PR and Public Affairs in 2012, where he works with an array of regional public and private clients.
Crowther’s biggest influence can be seen with the establishment of the Everett Music Initiative, a movement aimed at making Everett a destination for musicians local and abroad. Since its inception, Everett Music Initiative has successfully executed over 75 musical events, welcoming over 20,000 music-goers and $1.5 million in spending to the local economy. In 2014, the inaugural Fisherman's Village Music Festival was created, bringing fans from as far as Kentucky and Canada to downtown Everett.
XFINITY Arena at Everett was developed and is owned by the Everett Public Facilities District, and is managed by Global Spectrum. The EPFD is a municipal corporation headed by a five member Board of Directors. Board members are appointed by the Mayor of Everett and confirmed by Everett City Council to serve four year terms.
XFINITY Arena will again play host to more than 300 of the world's best gymnasts when they compete in the 2016 Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships at the XFINITY Arena at Everett, April 8-10, 2016. In 2012, Everett hosted the three-day international event that features the top gymnasts from the Pac Rim countries.
“The 2012 Pac Rim Championships in Everett was one of the most successful ever held,” said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. “The way the local community, civic leaders, facilities and the gymnastics family worked together to stage a great event put Everett at the top of our potential site list when we were awarded the event for 2016. We are looking forward to a repeat performance next year.”
The three-day event is expected to feature athletes from more than 14 countries, including Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the United States, competing in men's and women's gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, and trampoline.
The 2012 Pac Rim medalists included several Olympic medalists: Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, Calif./Gym-Max, and Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, Mich./Geddert’s Twistars, 2012 gold medalists in women’s gymnastics; and Rosannagh Maclennan, 2012 gold, and Karen Cockburn, 2008 silver, both of Canada, in trampoline. Olympians who medaled at the Pac Rim Championships in 2012 include: Jake Dalton of Reno, Nev./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Oklahoma), Sam Mikulak of Newport Coast, Calif./Team Hilton HHonors (University of Michigan), men’s gymnastics; Julie Zetlin of the USA and Janine Murray of Australia, rhythmic gymnastics; and Steven Gluckstein and Savannah Vinsant of the USA, Jason Burnett of Canada, Blake Gaudry of Australia, and Victoria Voronina of Russia, trampoline.
In addition to the Pacific Rim Championships, the Seattle area has held three other major gymnastics events: the gymnastics competition at the 1990 Goodwill Games was staged in Tacoma, and Seattle was the site for the 1995 American Cup and 1973 women's national championships.
Tickets will go on sale later this year. The tentative schedule is: April 8 – men’s and rhythmic gymnastics; April 9 – women’s and rhythmic gymnastics; and April 10 – men’s and women’s gymnastics, and trampoline. For more information, go to usagym.org/events.
Held every two years, the Pacific Rim Championships traditionally feature gymnasts from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, Singapore and the United States. NBC Sports will televise action from the Pacific Rim Championships. Past sites are: 2014, Richmond, B.C., Canada; 2012, Everett, Wash.; 2010, Melbourne, Australia; and 2008, San Jose, Calif.
The Professional Roughstock Series features the world’s best cowboy athletes alongside handpicked, world-class stock. This family friendly event will leave fans in awe as cowboys compete for eight breathtaking seconds at a time.
The series showcases three of the most exciting and dangerous rodeo disciplines: Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding. In Bareback Riding, the cowboy must keep one hand in the rigging and one hand in the air. In Saddle Bronc, the cowboy must keep both feet in the stirrups, one hand on the bronc reign and one hand in the air. In Bull Riding, the cowboy must have one hand in the bull rope and one hand in the air.
For each of the three disciplines, half of the score comes from the cowboy’s ability to ride well while the other half comes from the bucking performance of the animal. The most successful cowboys anticipate and follow the movements of the animal to perfection.
Since professional Roughstock Series’ foundation in 2001, it has become one of the fastest growing rodeo sport series. Competition between riders is fiercer than it has ever been which is sure to create an unforgettable show.
For the first time, the XFINITY Arena and the Everett Silvertips are teaming up with the Girl Scouts of Western Washington to support the largest girl-led business in the world. Not only are the Silvertips kicking off the first day of the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, which runs through March 15, but game night attendees will be among the first in western Washington to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Samoas Cookie.
Seattle’s hottest new County-Rock group, Jones & Fischer, will perform before the game and during both intermissions. Darin Jones (Seattle, WA) and Caleb Fischer (San Antonio, TX) are the two powerhouse front men. They combine Texas with Seattle, and this makes for a fiery new and dynamic sound that is all their own in country music.
Girl Scouts will be selling cookies throughout the game and media are invited to interview a Girl Scout. When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she's building a lifetime of skills and confidence. She learns goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics—aspects that are essential to leadership, success and life.
Sparta Combat League takes the epic military rivalry national as they pit elite soldiers against one another for the first time here in Everett. The event will not only feature military rivalries, but will also incorporate professional super bouts. Sparta Combat League will feature up to 12 mixed martial arts fights. A portion of the proceeds will benefit wounded soldiers.
The impressive card of fighters has been announced for the February 21 event.
- Jared Torgeson (Moses Lake, WA) vs. Cory Devela (Tacoma, WA)
- Rob Cann (Tacoma, WA) vs. Eduardo Torres (Yakima, WA)
- Paul Hoffman (Auburn, WA) vs. Richard Foster (Yakima, WA)
- Fernando Heredia (Portland, OR) vs. Chris Aparicio (Lake Stevens, WA)
- Taki Uliulakepa (Tacoma, WA) vs. Adam Walkemeyer (Mineral, WA)
- Manny Mesa (Auburn, WA) vs. Mason Roe (Kirkland, WA)
- Alan Gutierrez (Burlington, WA) vs. Ryan Schecterson (North Bend, WA)
- Josh Reyes (Moses Lake, WA) vs. Mike Brady (Everett, WA)
- William Miller (Warden, WA) vs. Carl Gaul (Woodinville, WA)
*Fight card subject to change
Based in Colorado, Sparta Combat League has been producing Mixed Martial Arts events since 2012. Through the organization’s events, they are able to not only create entertainment, but also raise donations and awareness for local families and communities in need.
Global Spectrum, management for the XFINITY Arena at Everett, today announced their partnership with Cocoon House at the January 24 presentation of X-treme International Ice Racing. Fans are asked to bring canned food or non-perishable items in order to purchase a ticket at a $5 discount.
Donated items will go to Cocoon House here in Everett. Established in 1991, Cocoon House has been Snohomish County’s only resource exclusively serving homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24. Canned food and non-perishable donations will be collected at the XFINITY Arena Box Office now through the event. Cocoon House will be at the event with more information on their organization and to collect donations.
“We are pleased to support the efforts of Cocoon House by creating this opportunity for our generous community to give back,” stated Rick Comeau, Global Spectrum’s General Manager for the XFINITY Arena at Everett. “Any time we get the chance to help out citizens in the surrounding area, we are glad to do it.”
Cocoon House’s mission is to empower young people, families and the community to break the cycle of homelessness through outreach, housing and prevention. The organization is committed to helping youth build meaningful relationships and grow into unique, independent young adults. For more information, visit http://www.cocoonhouse.org.
X-treme International Ice Racing features lightning quick Speedway Motorcycles and ATV racing on a thick, oval track of ice. Top professional riders from all over the world will be competing for national championship titles. The motorcycles are very lightweight, volatile machines that resemble mountain bikes with large, powerful engines burning on nitromethane fuel. What separates the bikes from other forms of racing is the no brakes allowed rule. All machines are equipped with razor sharp steel studded tires and are capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under three seconds. Tickets are priced at $10, $17, $22 and $32, all prices increase the day of the event. Select seats available, limit one $5 discount per donation.