Gymnastics competition returns to Binghamton

By Amanda Hari

February 1, 2014 Updated Feb 2, 2014 at 1:08 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) One of the biggest competitions for gymnastics on the east coast is happening this weekend and it's right in downtown Binghamton.

About 800 of the best gymnasts from New York, Pennsylvania and the New England area have come together to compete at the meet.

This year the "I Love New York Cup" is back at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena after having scheduling issues last year forcing the event to be held in a smaller venue at SUNY Cortland.

Ed Watson, the competitions coordinator, said because of the temporary move, numbers are slightly down this year. Coming back to Binghamton will not only help the meet, but also the city.

"This year is kinda the first step in building it back up to that level,” said Watson. “We hope to get it back up to those big numbers that have a great effect on the local economy, fill hotel rooms, put people in local businesses and also offer these kids a great opportunity and a great arena."

Even top level local gymnasts still get nervous competing at this arena.

"Especially because our friends and family come," said Morgan Hagenbuch, a level 10 gymnast at Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy. "It's the one close meet so all of my friends and family are going to be here. It's just that much more nerve wrecking to be in front of people you know so well."

The meet is presented by the Parents Gymnastics Association of Southern Tier Gymnastics Academy and will continue through Sunday.