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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 and beverage 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  (SOLD OUT!)

Races 3:40p to 6:00pm, TV Live: 5:00p-6:00p on NBC Sports Network

Wednesday, January 3 – Men & Women 1000m(SOLD OUT!)

Races 4:39p to 6:30pm, TV Live: 5:00p-6:30p on NBC Sports Network

Thursday, January 4 – Women 5000m/Men 10000m (SOLD OUT!)

Races 5:40p to 7:00pm, TV Live: 5:30p-7:00p on NBC Sports Network

Friday, January 5 – Men & Women 500m (SOLD OUT!)

Races 3:45p to 7:00pm, TV Live: 5:30p-7p on NBC Sports Network

Saturday, January 6 – Men & Women 1500m (SOLD OUT!)

Races 4:55p to 6:50pm, TV Live: 5pm-7p on NBC Sports Network

Sunday, January 7 – Women & Men Mass Start (SOLD OUT!)

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


Time Changes in Bold- Schedule Updated 1/4/18 at 5:25pm- **Subject to Change**

Ticket Information & Security

How to Purchase Tickets?


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
  • Food and 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.


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

Olympian Send Off & Pettit 25th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Time: 5:30pm – Reception, 6:15pm – Welcome/Dinner, 7pm – Program
Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel – Milwaukee West

Description: After a final month of intense preparation at the Pettit Center, the 2018 US Olympic Long Track Speedskating team will be primed to pursue Gold in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The 2018 Send-Off dinner event is perfect opportunity to meet and support these extraordinary athletes who will be representing the United States on the Olympic speedskating oval. We will also recognize the 25th Anniversary of the Pettit Center and its legacy of speedskating excellence.

Attendee Gift: Each table of guests will have a group picture taken with some of the Olympians in attendance. Each guest will receive a print to remember the special evening.

Price: $150 per person. Table of 10 $1,250. Table (Nine Seats) with Olympian $1,500 (Limited number available). CLICK HERE to purchase. Questions? Please e-mail tickets@thepettit.com.

Please join us for a unique, engaging, and entertaining evening with members of the 2018 Olympic Long Track Speedskating Team and luminaries from the Pettit Center’s 25 years.

Upcoming Events

August 19, 2019 - August 25, 2019