Spirit Nationals 2017-03-25T23:53:53+00:00

USA Spirit Nationals Spectator Guide 2017

Sunday Spirit Finals Schedule

Parking and Admission

Please allow an additional 30 to 40 minutes for traffic and parking. Parking will be impacted over the weekend and cars may be directed to off-site lots. If you are directed to the Toy Story parking lot, please inform the cast member at the entrance to the lot that you are attending the competition at the Anaheim Convention Center.

CARS: Enter the Convention Center parking area from Katella.

  • The parking fee at the Convention Center is $20.00 and is good for one entry ONLY.
  • It is not valid for in/out parking.
  • The parking receipt must be visible on the vehicle dashboard.
  • The parking ticket is not transferable.

BUSES: Buses will enter from the back of the Convention Center, off of West Street. Parking personnel will direct you to the drop off area and appropriate exit or parking area.

  • Parking fees for buses is $30.00 and is good for one entry ONLY.
  • Overnight parking of vehicles is prohibited.

Parking fees are subject to change.

  • All performers and prepaid guests receive their entrance pass/wristbands to the Convention Center at registration check-in.
    • This will admit them to the Convention Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • If pre-purchased, you will also receive your Disneyland® Resorts tickets.
  • General admission tickets may be purchased at the Convention Center Main Arena box office.
    • Ticket windows for spectators will open at 6:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday.
    • Spectators may purchase a combined 3-day wristband for $57.00 adults/$18.00 children (5-11 yrs.) which will admit you to all competition events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    • One-day tickets may be purchased for $24.00 adults/$9.00 children (5-11 years).
    • CASH ONLY IS ACCEPTED FOR ADMISSION TICKETS/WRISTBANDS
  • All spectators must enter through the Main Arena doors (east side) to view the competition in the Arena at the Convention Center and through the Main Lobby doors of Hall A to view competition in Hall A.
  • Spectators will not be permitted in the “official/scheduled” or “open” warm-up/practice areas at any time.
  • Admission tickets/wristbands will be required in all competition venues
  • All seating is general admission and first-come, first-served.
  • Disneyland® Resort 4-Day Park Hopper Passes ($288.00), 3-Day Park Hopper Passes ($241.00), 2-Day Park Hopper Passes ($203.00) and 1-Day Park Hopper Passes ($161.00) will be available for purchase at the Convention Center Main Arena box office on Friday, Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.

Wrist/ankle bands for performers and 3-day wristbands for guests must be worn at all times. Admission will not be allowed without a wristband and/or a hand stamp/ticket.

Doors for spectators will open approximately 45 minutes prior to the first scheduled performance in each venue.

The USA reserves the right to refuse admission to any spectator.

Schedule of Events

Anaheim Convention Center – Arena

Anaheim Convention Center – Hall A

  • 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    • Group Stunts (Prelims and Finals)
    • Prelims for Pep Flag, Mascot, Varsity and JV Jazz (Song/Pom), Freshman Show Cheer Novice and Crowdleader® Team Divisions
    • Click here for Friday Hall A schedule

Times listed above are tentative and subject to change.

Anaheim Convention Center – Arena (8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

Anaheim Convention Center — Arena (6:45 p.m. — Song/Pom, Song/Pom Jazz, Pep Flags and Mascot Finals)

  • FINALS for Song/Pom, Varsity Jazz (Song/Pom), Pep Flag and Mascot divisions
  • 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Performance Order will be posted here once determined
  • Don’t miss a minute of the action — catch the Varsity TV Live Steam by clicking here

Times listed above are tentative and subject to change.  

Anaheim Convention Center – Arena

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • FINALS for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Cheerleading, Non-Tumbling Cheerleading and Crowdleader® Teams divisions
  • View schedule
  • Don’t miss a minute of the action in the Arena — click here to catch the Varsity TV live stream

Sunday morning non-tumbling cheer divisions will compete, followed immediately by novice/intermediate/advanced and Crowdleader® Teams divisions.

Times listed above are tentative and subject to change.

Photography, Varsity TV Live Stream & Videography Policy

UEP will be taking team and action photos during performances. Be sure to check out the touch screens in the Arena lobby to view and purchase photos of your team in action. Photos will not be available online after the event, so make sure to stop by before the event concludes.

Click here for the UEP photo order form!

The use of telephoto lenses on cameras is prohibited.

Friends and family far and near won’t have to miss a minute of the action in the Arena! Click here to catch Varsity TV’s LIVE STREAM! Opt for a monthly subscription or sign up for a whole year to get amazing and inspiring cheer and dance documentaries, insight into programs from across the country and so much more!

Videos of competition performances will not be available for purchase. Individuals are permitted to video the routine from their own team. Recording multiple teams in a division is not permitted.

Personal video cameras will be permitted, but we ask that you please film only your own team. Any individual who does not adhere to this request may be asked to leave the venue. Camera tripods will not be permitted at any time during the competition. Unauthorized videotaping of any team is subject to immediate removal from the competition venue.

Results & Champions Cove

Results will be posted approximately an hour following the conclusion of each award ceremony on our USA Spirit Nationals Event Hub. Click here to get to the Event Hub.

National Champions will be directed to Champions Cove in Hall A where they will receive their Champion backpacks, Herff Jones National Champion ring information and will have an opportunity to take a group photo in front of the Champion banner! Parents are invited to take photos of their children in the Champions Cove area in Hall A.

General Information

Participants — be sure you stop by Champions Cove on Friday or Saturday to pick up your 2017 Nationals bag and sponsor giveaways while supplies last! No bags will be shipped out after the event, so be sure to stop by Champions Cove!

Due to heightened security concerns, all bags are subject to search upon entry into any Anaheim Convention Center venue. Bags must not be left unattended at any time. Teams must be in possession of all personal items at all times during the competition (except while performing). The United Spirit Association will not be responsible for any items that are left unattended by a representative of your organization at any time (including during your performance). Unattended bags are subject to immediate removal by security.

Team signs may be brought to the competition, but may not be taped on any painted surfaces. Air horns, or other excessive noisemakers are not permitted in the convention center.

Throwing of any type of item onto the performance floor and/or the use of laser-type devices in any venue is grounds for immediate removal from the competition and individuals will be subject to prosecution.

Personal video cameras will be permitted, but we ask that you please film only your own team. Any individual who does not adhere to this request may be asked to leave the venue. Camera tripods will not be permitted at any time during the competition. Unauthorized videotaping of any team is subject to immediate removal from the competition venue.

The use of telephoto lenses on cameras is prohibited.

A FIRST AID station is located in the Convention Center and will be staffed throughout the weekend with a registered nurse. First aid staff will also be on duty during the competition at all venues.

Should you need medical assistance, please contact a USA or Anaheim Convention Center staff member.

Concession stands will be open at the Convention Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Outside food and drink are not permitted in the Convention Center.

A complete line of exclusive USA Nationals souvenirs will be on sale Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Center.  Major credit cards are accepted.

Located at USA Team Registration windows at the Main Arena Box Office.

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