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US Olympic Long Track Trials

The Pettit National Ice Center is honored and delighted to host the 2018 US Olympic Long Track Speedskating Trials, January 2-7, 2018.  The Trials formally return to the Oval at the Pettit Center for the first time since 1998.  The timing is appropriately coincidental with the 25th Anniversary of the Center, which opened on December 31, 1992.  Silver for the Pettit Center as our best speedskaters pursue Gold on its Oval!

Our goal in hosting the Olympic Trials is a well-executed, engaging, professional event for the athletes, fans, and our community and which will burnish Milwaukee’s national reputation. For six nights, there will be the best in US speedskating competition at the Pettit Center.  In addition to watching the races on the Oval, fans will be able to enjoy food, beverage, and activities in the “fan zone” tent which will be located just east of the front entrance to the Center.

Opportunities for VIP experiences and access will make the events memorable for groups, companies, and organizations.  During the week leading up to, during and shortly after the Trials, please note that the Center’s normal public skating, figure skating, ice hockey, and run/walk track activities will change. Please check the activity schedules closely for hours and changes. We thank you for your interest in attending and supporting the Trials at the Pettit.

Please choose an area of interest below.


Tuesday, January 2 – Women 3000m/Men 5000m

Races 3:20p to 6:00pm, TV Live: 5:00p-6:00p on NBC Sports Network

Wednesday, January 3 – Men & Women 1000m

Races 4:45p to 6:30pm, TV Live: 5:00p-6:30p on NBC Sports Network

Thursday, January 4 – Women 5000m/Men 10000m

Races 4:55p to 7:30pm, TV Live: 5:30p-7:30p on NBC Sports Network

Friday, January 5 – Men & Women 500m

Races 3:20p to 7:00pm, TV Live: 5:30p-7p on NBC Sports Network

Saturday, January 6 – Men & Women 1500m

Races 5:05p to 6:50pm, TV Live: 5pm-7p on NBC Sports Network

Sunday, January 7 – Women & Men Mass Start

Races 4:55p to 5:30pm, TV Live: 5pm-5:30p on NBC Sports Network


Updated 10/20/17- **Subject to Change**

Ticket Information & Security

How to Purchase Tickets?

  1. On Site- From Nov 17 to Dec 27 at 3pm visit the Pettit Center Front Office during normal business hours (9am to 8pm) seven days a week- except for holidays.
  2. Online- CLICK HERE to purchase tickets Online. Please Note:
  • For Tickets purchased Nov 1- Nov 15 they will ship Nov 17
  • For Tickets purchased Nov 15-Dec 15 they will ship within 10 days of purchase
  • For Tickets purchased Dec 16 through Jan 1, 2018 at 4pm they will be held at Will Call for pick up on the day of the event (Photo ID Required). No Online sales after Jan 1 at 4pm.
  • Any tickets purchased from somewhere outside of the US will be held at Will Call
  1. Walk Up Day Of Event– Each day of the Trials you may walk up and purchase tickets in the FanZone. Tickets are subject to availability.


NO REFUNDS. NO EXCHANGES. ALL SALES FINAL. NO RE-ENTRY TO EVENT ONCE ENTERED. All Tickets are Date Specific and General Admission ($15 each). Ages 3 & Older must have a ticket. Those 2 and Under must sit on lap of person they come with. Doors Open one (1) Hour Prior to the Race Time. On Site Self Parking will be available for $5.

Questions? Interested in VIP Tickets? Want to purchase as a group or corporate team? Please e-mail tickets@thepettit.com.

SECURITY SCREENING PROCEDURES – Walkthrough metal detectors (WTMD) serve as the primary method of fan screening. Fans should keep the following in mind before they arrive at the arena entrance to expedite the process:

  • Minimize the number of personal items they bring to the event.
  • Remove from their clothing and belongings all items that may trigger a WTMD alarm.
  • Place those items in bins on the divesting tables for review by security staff while fans walk thru the WTMD.
  • If the WTMD alarm sounds, fans will be subject to a secondary screening which may slow their entry into the arena.
  • All permitted bags must be searched thoroughly. Permitted bags should be soft-sided, not larger than 14” x 6” x 14” and able to fit completely beneath an arena seat. Bags that are fully packed take longer to search; clear bags and those packed loosely are more easily examined.

Prohibited Items include but are not limited to:

  • Weapons: guns, firearms, ammunition
  • Knives
  • Self-defense sprays: mace, pepper spray
  • Explosives / fireworks
  • Aerosol cans
  • Frisbees
  • Beverages
  • Poles, selfie sticks, missile-like objects that can be thrown
  • Strollers
  • Tripods
  • Beach balls
  • Illegal substances
  • Bats and clubs
  • Drones (unmanned aircraft systems) or model aircraft
  • Laser-pointing devices
  • Whistles and horns
  • Large banners and flags
  • Any other items deemed inappropriate or dangerous by team or arena personnel, in their sole discretion


Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West- 10499 West Innovation Drive Wauwatosa, WI  53226 (Only 3.0 miles from Pettit Center), Phone: 414-475-9500

  • Special event discounted rate (full pricing options/details via link or calling number below)
  • Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast
  • Complimentary shuttle service to and from Pettit Ice Center
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary parking
  • Onsite restaurant and lounge
  • 24 hr. fitness room and pool/whirlpool

To Book: Use the customized booking link provided by CLICKING HERE. The link does not work on mobile devices—must be a PC or laptop. – Right click on the link, open hyperlink, type in dates you plan to stay – Follow the prompts to complete the reservation – A confirmation number will be given when completed


Call reservations at #1-866-270-4552 and mention the Pettit/USS Room Block.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2018 US Olympic Long Track Trials at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee WI, January 2-7, 2018. Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring the success of the Trials and your support is invaluable! We will be enlisting the help of many volunteers to work various areas for this event. We thank you in advance for consideration, time and help. WAIT LIST ONLY AT THIS TIME.

Click Here for a Volunteer Application


Due to increased interest from the media for the 2018 US Olympic Long Track Trials, we will require media outlets to be accredited for all competition days. Credentials are issued in accordance with the US Speedskating/Pettit Center Credential Policy. This policy along with the online application can be found below.

Click Here for Media Credential Application & Policy

Upcoming Events

November 13, 2017 - November 19, 2017