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TanithandBenFan
05-27-2012, 01:20 AM
I liked Greensboro too.

There was an awesome Vietnamese restaurant, and a really good Mexican restaurant, and a really good breakfast spot. And our hotel was reasonably priced, something you won't be getting in Boston. And the ice quality was amazingly good, considering.

And the people were really nice.

I think you need a car; that makes all the difference.

I didn't have a car and had no problems finding food. Used the wonderful shuttle :D to go back and forth to the arena, and the Sheraton and the mall next door to it provided enough options for meals.

maureenfarone
05-27-2012, 01:57 AM
Yes, I also loved Greensboro. Loved having the practice ice in the same facility as the main competitions. Some friends had a car and I did a very tiny bit of sightseeing, but really I mostly want to see the skating.

In 2008 in St. Paul the practice arena was switched from the Ryder?? Arena to a small facility that could not accommodate fans. I was really disappointed by that although I know some people don't care at all about practices. Also, while I liked the XCEL center I was sitting at concourse level and thought the whirring from the slushie maker would drive me nuts. The wide open concept with the arena is nice, but not everyone is considerate and many people would just stand behind our seats and carry on loud non-skating related conversations which was quite distracting. But all in all it was a nice facility.

I've never been to Boston, so no opinion on their hosting.

Casey2
05-27-2012, 03:10 AM
Greensboro: stuck at the airport Marriott, (at first) shuttle service wierd, no place to eat except at the motel (poor). The arena experience was good, rest not so good.

Theatregirl1122
05-27-2012, 03:16 AM
And our hotel was reasonably priced, something you won't be getting in Boston.

Well, my hotel will be free but I'll be a half an hour drive from the competition.

Do we know what facilities the Boston bid is planning to use?

Vash01
05-27-2012, 04:20 AM
2014 worlds has been provisionally assigned to Japan with either Tokyo or Saitama as host.

Makes sense since they missed out last year due to the Tsunami.

TanithandBenFan
05-27-2012, 04:46 AM
In 2001, the special spectator rates at the host hotels in Boston were very reasonable. Granted, that was over ten years ago, but I'd hope good rates would once again be available.

Theatregirl1122
05-27-2012, 05:26 AM
In 2001, the special spectator rates at the host hotels in Boston were very reasonable. Granted, that was over ten years ago, but I'd hope good rates would once again be available.

I'll have a futon if you call dibs really fast. ;)

lmarie086
05-27-2012, 05:42 AM
I'll have a futon if you call dibs really fast. ;)

Can I have your floor? :P

TanithandBenFan
05-27-2012, 05:43 AM
I'll have a futon if you call dibs really fast. ;)

LOL. Jealous that you'll be living near Boston! That city is :swoon:.

Theatregirl1122
05-27-2012, 06:11 AM
Can I have your floor? :P

There is a lot of floor space as long as you aren't allergic to cats. :lol:

carriemarie
05-27-2012, 07:20 AM
Greensboro: stuck at the airport Marriott, (at first) shuttle service wierd, no place to eat except at the motel (poor). The arena experience was good, rest not so good.

Oh my God. I waited for over an hour for the airport shuttle to my hotel. I arrived fairly early in the week and there were quite a few people (skaters among them waiting for a long time). One shuttle came in about an hour!!!! But it couldn't fit everyone and we had all called ahead of time. Of course, I let the skaters and older folks go first, but had to wait another half an hour for the next shuttle. Ridiculous for a host hotel. And the view left much to be desired. As far as Nationals go, it was my worst experience ever (not the skating, just the town). I hated Dallas as well or the Year of the Pottenger, if you will. Those Texas fans were very intense and not your usual skating crowd.

carriemarie
05-27-2012, 07:24 AM
Yes, I also loved Greensboro. Loved having the practice ice in the same facility as the main competitions. Some friends had a car and I did a very tiny bit of sightseeing, but really I mostly want to see the skating.

In 2008 in St. Paul the practice arena was switched from the Ryder?? Arena to a small facility that could not accommodate fans. I was really disappointed by that although I know some people don't care at all about practices. Also, while I liked the XCEL center I was sitting at concourse level and thought the whirring from the slushie maker would drive me nuts. The wide open concept with the arena is nice, but not everyone is considerate and many people would just stand behind our seats and carry on loud non-skating related conversations which was quite distracting. But all in all it was a nice facility.

I've never been to Boston, so no opinion on their hosting.

Was 2008 the year where you had to get on a bus and drive like a half an hour away for practice time especially for novice and junior? Or am confusing Nationals? I also remember one year the host hotel had a fire alarm pulled and evacuated the hotel and I remember being freezing outside. I think that was St. Paul too but it may have been St.Louis or Atlanta. I seriously remember skating more than actually happenings at Nationals so I am easily confused on what happened what year.

Sylvia
05-27-2012, 01:49 PM
Was 2008 the year where you had to get on a bus and drive like a half an hour away for practice time especially for novice and junior?
That was both St. Louis (2006) and Atlanta (2004). All-event ticket holders were not allowed to attend the practices in the practice rink in St. Paul (2008) because the facility was too small/did not have enough seating.

madm
05-27-2012, 04:42 PM
That was both St. Louis (2006) and Atlanta (2004). All-event ticket holders were not allowed to attend the practices in the practice rink in St. Paul (2008) because the facility was too small/did not have enough seating.

The St. Louis experience included staying downtown which looks like an abandoned, desolate, dilapidated place. I heard that the population has gone from about a million to 300,000 in that area due to economic downturn, and the blown out windows and vacant buildings made it too scary to venture out at night. Crime and homelessness are prevalent. We also had to endure a 40-minute bus ride to the practice rink, which had some ice issues (flooded spots and uneven cooling). The only place to eat outside of the hotel restaurant (which thankfully was good) was the riverfront, and that even closed up around 9PM. That was the year that about half of the skaters (mine included) came down with food poisoning due to lukewarm chicken soup being left out in the skaters hospitality room. I enjoyed the Savvis Center and the nearby baseball field (the new stadium was under construction), but other than that, my sightseeing was limited to touring the arch and walking around civic buildings during the daytime.

St. Paul was a good experience, albeit with temperatures around -15 degrees. The skywalks to get around downtown are fabulous, and they connected you from the hotel to the arena (a long walk though). The Winter Carnival with ice sculptures in the park was one of the highlights of the whole trip. I didn't like the practice rink being so far away via shuttle bus (god help you if you missed the last ride home as you were in the middle of nowhere), however the local club hosting us there was fantastic and provided food and drinks for everyone (parents and skaters alike).

TanithandBenFan
05-27-2012, 04:52 PM
Yeah, the only downfall to St. Paul was not being able to see practices. There were pretty much none that I can remember at the Xcel Center after Wednesday (the day I arrived). Loved everything else about the event, the venues, and the hotel.

TG, in 2001 Matthews Arena on Northeastern's campus and the SCOB were the secondary practice facilities in Boston. I'd imagine they'd use the big arena for the main venue. Matthews was only a five minute bus ride from the host hotels, so it was super convenient. That was the year we had police escorts for the shuttles, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. Of course, that was my first Nats, so I thought pretty much everything was the coolest thing ever! :)