photos: Dustin Snipes
SATURDAY, June 17, 2017
Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach
You will see the most dynamic sumo action yet. Over 60 sumo stars from 15 countries are training now for the 2017 US Sumo Open, with many repeat powerhouses from last year. Returning to the Pyramid for the 4th year in a row, the US Sumo Open is not to be missed.
At the 2016 US SUMO OPEN, 4-time World Sumo Champion Byamba reclaimed glory, with a 13-0 record, winning both heavyweight and openweight divisions, undefeated! He has won gold at 9 US Sumo Opens! American standout Roy Sims won silver in both divisions, beating 11 other opponents, and losing only to Byamba.
The 37 foreign competitors (out of 55 athletes) were dominant, with most medals going to Mongolia, Russia, Egypt, India, and Poland. Will any Americans (besides Roy) step up in 2017?
This is your one chance in 2017 to catch this level of sumo action LIVE! Tickets go on sale March 13 . . .
BLEACHER SEATING - All GA, i.e. no assigned seating
$35$25 special via Pyramid Box Office
Every seat has a good view, to catch all the action.
$55$40 special via Pyramid Box Office
These seats are closer to the ring, for an amplified view!
FLOOR SEATING - All Assigned Seating and Waiter Service
$90$70 special via Pyramid Box Office
Experience the Sumo Stars, up close and personal! VIP seats are just 5-10 yards from the stage.
$120 only via USA SUMO
These include the FIRST TWO rows of padded chairs. You also get EXCLUSIVE BACKSTAGE ACCESS to the post-tournament reception. Mingle with the Sumo Champions, and enjoy complimentary food & drink. These are the BEST seats in the house, and sell out quickly. Ringside tickets are non-refundable.
* For FLOOR SEATING, purchase early, to get the best locations (assigned seating).
* For BLEACHER SEATING, show up early at the venue, to choose the seats you like best.
GROUP SALES: For groups of 20+, please inquire for special Group Rates.
* Due to increasing attendance, we are planning to lower the third bleacher section, to accommodate even bigger crowds. The stage orientation is also shifting by 90 degrees.
* Friday evening Prelims: As a teaser to the Saturday competition, we’ll hold the preliminary rounds on Friday evening. For those who want to get a taste of the action early, come by Friday night, June 16 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm), $10 cash at the door. The top finishers on Friday evening advance to Saturday’s main event.
* This schedule adjustment also lets us pack in all the action on Saturday, from 1 pm – 4 pm. So, for people who left early and missed the Openweight matches in years past, now you can catch ALL the important matches, and be done at 4 pm Saturday.
US SUMO OPEN BACKGROUND
As the largest and longest-running, annual sumo competition worldwide, outside of Japan, the US Sumo Open has been the first to bring Pro Sumo Grand Champions as special guests, the first to pioneer women’s matches in American tournaments, the first to feature multiple World Sumo Champions in a single event, and the first to include former top-ranked Pro Sumo wrestlers in competition!
Since 2001, the annual US Sumo Open has been a hallmark event, setting milestones in international sumo’s growth, including multiple national TV broadcasts on Universal Sports Network. We’re proud to be pioneers in developing this ancient martial art in the United States.
The competition level is also spectacular, with over 400 international athletes who have wrestled. Most of these competitors have been National or World Sumo Champions — from nearly 30 different countries. This is the only sumo event in North America where you can catch this caliber of international sumo, every year.