Prudential Center to host 2016 American Cup

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The first big gymnastics event for 2016 is heading to New Jersey.

The 2016 American Cup will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark on March 5, 2016. The invitational is considered the kickoff of the run up to the Olympic Games.

Gabby Douglas posted the highest score in the 2012 American Cup and later went on to win the all-around title at the 2012 London Games. This is the first time since 2000 that the American Cup will not be held at Madison Square Garden in an Olympic year.

USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said having the event across the Hudson River in New Jersey still allows the American Cup to tap into the New York market.

The 2015 American Cup will be held at AT&T Stadium outside Dallas on Saturday.