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Carolla5501
12-03-2009, 06:31 PM
I would consider going only if Sasha will show up...is that even possible?

Yes, but not on the ice. I can see her there working with one of her endorsements or just watching (you see lots of former skaters at Nats) but she's NOT going to be skating :)

Rudi,

Tickets always show up close to the event. I see no real reason to give them money too far ahead of time.... (Yes, I won't get front row, but.. I will live!)

skipaway
05-20-2010, 09:10 PM
For those of you who are interested: the application for volunteering at Nationals in GSO 2011 is up on their website.

Volunteer Application (http://www.northcarolina2011.com/)

pdf form (http://www.northcarolina2011.com/documents/VolunteerApplication.pdf)

Sylvia
05-21-2010, 01:42 PM
Does anyone know when individual tickets go on sale for 2011 Nationals and when the schedule gets posted?
From the FAQ page: http://www.northcarolina2011.com/faqs.html
"Individual tickets will most likely go on sale in fall of 2010 based on availability."

Catherine M
05-24-2010, 05:11 PM
I'm thinking about going to US Nationals; I haven't been to one since 06.

Does everyone normally stay in an official hotel or is it more economical to find one on their own????

ryanbfan
05-24-2010, 05:30 PM
I didn't stay at the official one in Spokane but I stayed at the Doubletree... and there were some skaters at my hotel and fans. They also had poster boards with times and placements. It was really nice and really close to the bus stop. Plus Johnny Weir had his fan club reception there.

Anyway, I really hope I can manage to go this year, I cannot buy tickets until late December though because of school scheduling and money :(.

Garden Kitty
05-24-2010, 05:40 PM
I'm thinking about going to US Nationals; I haven't been to one since 06.

Does everyone normally stay in an official hotel or is it more economical to find one on their own????

You can usually find a hotel on your own that's cheaper, especially if you have your own transportation or if you're in a city where there are lots of hotels within walking distance. But the official hotels are usually on the shuttle route, so if you'd like to take the shuttle bus, you may want an official hotel that is on the route. (although check, because I think sometimes they have official hotels that aren't).

mattiecat13
05-24-2010, 05:58 PM
Any idea as to what the schedule will be? I need to start thinking about making an airline reservation. I contacted Greensboro and they said the schedule is set by the USFSA.

chipso1
05-24-2010, 06:00 PM
I'm thinking about going to US Nationals; I haven't been to one since 06.

Does everyone normally stay in an official hotel or is it more economical to find one on their own????

Aside from the fact that the official hotel usually sells out right away, it is also ridiculously expensive most of the time! In Spokane, the official hotel was the Davenport which is really nice but really pricey. The Saint Paul Hotel was the official hotel in 2008, and it's another ritzy, high-end place.

I stayed at the Doubletree in Spokane this year, and there were a lot of skaters that stayed there, too. Like ryanbfan said, they had a huge posterboard with starting orders and results which was really nice.

Garden Kitty
05-24-2010, 06:20 PM
They usually have an official hotel for competitors and other ones for spectators, media etc. The competitors' hotel does tend to sell out quickly, and the specator ones often do as well. The spectator ones have a variety of price ranges, but typically you can find a better price on your own. The "spectator shuttle" will typically run to all the official hotels which may be convenient for people without cars - although some cities are better at running spectator shuttles than others. Spokane always had a ton of them after events, but some cities don't and the wait can sometimes be long.

Also, check the cancellation policies. Sometimes if you go through the official reservation system, there is a significant penalty if you cancel (or cancel too late). You may find more flexibility by booking on your own . I don't know the policy for Greensboro.

Debbie S
05-24-2010, 09:02 PM
The official (skaters) hotel is the Sheraton; it is already sold out, per the Nats website, but sometimes rooms open up a month or so ahead of time. There are other hotels listed on the Nats website, but it does not appear the shuttle stops at all of them.

I don't have the exact link, but someone posted this tenative schedule a while ago (I copied it recently and sent to a friend):

Saturday, January 22
- Official Practice sessions all day
Sunday, January 23
- Novice Compulsory Dance
- Novice Pairs Short Program
- Novice Ladies Short Program
- Novice Men’s Short Program
- Junior Ladies Short Program
Monday, January 24
- Novice Pairs Free Skate (Finals)
- Novice Free Dance (Finals)
- Novice Men’s Free Skate (Finals)
- Novice Ladies Free Skate (Finals)
- Junior Compulsory Dance
Tuesday, January 25
- Junior Original Dance
- Junior Ladies Free Skate (Finals)
Wednesday, January 26
- Junior Men’s Short Program
- Senior Compulsory Dance
- Senior Pairs Short Program
Thursday, January 27
- Junior Free Dance (Finals)
- Junior Pairs Short Program
- Senior Original Dance
- Senior Ladies Short Program
Friday, January 28
- Junior Pairs Free Skate (Finals)
- Junior Men’s Free Skate (Finals)
- Senior Men’s Short Program
Saturday, January 29
- Senior Pairs Free Skate (Finals)
- Senior Free Dance (Finals)
- Senior Ladies Free Skate (Finals)
Sunday, January 30
- Senior Men’s Free Skate (Finals)
- U.S. Championships Skating Spectacular

Catherine M
05-24-2010, 09:51 PM
Thanks everyone for their thoughts on the hotel!

I think if I do end up going--still deciding between Greensboro and Victoria--I would book on my own.

stogba
05-27-2010, 12:21 AM
I'm going to be staying at the airport Marriott. I asked if the shuttle will come there and they assured me it would.

maureenfarone
06-23-2010, 02:22 AM
The tentative schedule above is similar to Cleveland and St. Paul with the mens final and gala exhibition on Sunday. I'm starting to think about airline reservations, so I called the number on the event website and inquired whether the final competition would be on Saturday evening or Sunday. The person I spoke to asked someone and said that it might be on Saturday with only the gala on Sunday! It seems nothing is definite yet.

I've always been in a rush to get home and back to work so I've never stayed for the gala and am now in a quandry about my airline reservations. Do I fly out Sunday or Monday? I recall someone mentioned there is a hockey (I think its hockey) tournament in Raleigh that weekend so I'd like to book my airfare now.

Anyone have any more recent info about when the final competition and gala will be?

Tammi
06-23-2010, 03:26 AM
The person I spoke to asked someone and said that it might be on Saturday with only the gala on Sunday! It seems nothing is definite yet.Now that there's no more compulsory event for the junior and senior dance teams, this could open up the schedule and allow them to finish all the events on Saturday night.

maureenfarone
06-23-2010, 12:11 PM
Thanks Tammi, I never thought about the impact eliminating the CDs would have on the schedule.

I think its really sad to eliminate the CDs. I only started watching the dance competitions in the last 4 years, and I really enjoyed the CDs. Guess I'll have to wait and see how I like this new "dance" combination thing Speedy came up with.