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mysticchic
02-04-2012, 02:00 AM
I think the bidders including the biggest, most comfortable, most numerous and cheapest shuttles should be favored over those that offer all the lesser details, like ice quality; ticket saleability; wiring services for internet and TV; etc., but charge $100 for shuttles and/or expect people to walk 20 minutes.

Carolla5501
02-04-2012, 02:32 AM
The police escorts for the shuttles are among my fondest memories of that Nationals. I don't know if it's still done that way, but in Boston, the skaters, their coaches, their parents, etc. took the same shuttles as the fans.

The escorts were there to make sure the skaters got to competitions on time. We fans got to enjoy the ride.

And it won't happen. After 9/11 we fans became "dangerous". We can't ride on the bus with the athletes

I think shuttles may be a thingof the past. Start walking folks. Just think how good it is for you

Boston does have decent public transport

chipso1
02-04-2012, 04:36 AM
And it won't happen. After 9/11 we fans became "dangerous". We can't ride on the bus with the athletes

In Spokane two years ago, I rode on shuttles with Mirai Nagasu and her mom, Caroline Zhang, and a bunch of ice dancers. I wonder if it was different because of the two weekend schedule that year?

ryanbfan
02-04-2012, 04:47 AM
In Spokane two years ago, I rode on shuttles with Mirai Nagasu and her mom, Caroline Zhang, and a bunch of ice dancers. I wonder if it was different because of the two weekend schedule that year?

Same, there were a ton of skaters on my shuttle in Spokane. The $12 pass for the whole week was nice too.

manleywoman
02-04-2012, 05:33 AM
Why hasn't places like Chicago/New York had championships recently?

Can't speak for NYC, but in Chicago there are two arenas that could do it: the United Center, which is in a hideous part of Chicago (can't walk even a few blocks away) and the Rosemont Arena out by O'Hare. The Rosemont one makes sense since it's close to hotels, conference centers, O'Hare and practice arenas, but it's more like Greensboro in that shuttles would probably be necessary. That area is about 45-50 minutes from downtown Chicago.

As for why it hasn't been done beyond that, well, it's up to the local LOCs, of which there are basically two: DuPage FSC is the largest club in the US and could certainly handle it, but they never bid on anything as far as I can tell, and I've no idea why. The other is the Skating Council of Illinois which is made up of essentially every other club in Illinois except DuPage. They've done quite a bit, hosting Regionals, Synchro Sectionals and Adult Nationals over the past few years. But again I don't know why they don't go for it.

Vash01
02-04-2012, 06:18 AM
From a reliable source, the cities bidding are Boston, Denver, St. Paul and Greensboro.

In that case my vote will go to Denver because it is the closest to where I live. Boston and Greensboro are too far away for me to even consider going. Even St.Paul is too far. BTW St.Paul and Greensboro recently hosted the nationals, didn't they? It's time to give another city a chance............like Phoenix! May be in 2015? Not a good idea because we are hosting the superbowl that year (YAY!), but 2016 will do.

Phoenix has gorgeous weather in Jan/Feb, the hotel rates are much lower than in Boston or any big city, inspite of Phoenix being the 5th largest city in the country. There are number of ice skating rinks in the area, for practice ice. The AT&T arena in Scottsdale, where Doug Ladret coaches, is good for practice, but too small (seating wise) for the regular events. The US airways center hosts skating programs from time to time, but the Jobing.com arena (where the NHL Coyotes play) is much nicer, although a bit far from the center of the valley. If the US airways is used for the nationals, there is light rail and other forms of public transportation. Lots and lots of resorts, eating places, and other forms of entertainment- including golf- if your significant other does not find figure skating that interesting.

I think Phoenix hosted the nationals long ago, probably in the 1990s before some of the nicer arenas were built. It's time to bring it here again.

MacMadame
02-04-2012, 06:30 AM
In Spokane two years ago, I rode on shuttles with Mirai Nagasu and her mom, Caroline Zhang, and a bunch of ice dancers. I wonder if it was different because of the two weekend schedule that year?
The skaters often choose to go on the fan shuttle if it's more convenient but we fans aren't allowed on the skater shuttles.


I think the bidders including the biggest, most comfortable, most numerous and cheapest shuttles should be favored over those that offer all the lesser details, like ice quality; ticket saleability; wiring services for internet and TV; etc., but charge $100 for shuttles and/or expect people to walk 20 minutes.

I assume you're being sarcastic??

lexeoe
02-04-2012, 09:41 AM
In that case my vote will go to Denver because it is the closest to where I live. Boston and Greensboro are too far away for me to even consider going. Even St.Paul is too far. BTW St.Paul and Greensboro recently hosted the nationals, didn't they? It's time to give another city a chance............like Phoenix! May be in 2015? Not a good idea because we are hosting the superbowl that year (YAY!), but 2016 will do.

Phoenix has gorgeous weather in Jan/Feb, the hotel rates are much lower than in Boston or any big city, inspite of Phoenix being the 5th largest city in the country. There are number of ice skating rinks in the area, for practice ice. The AT&T arena in Scottsdale, where Doug Ladret coaches, is good for practice, but too small (seating wise) for the regular events. The US airways center hosts skating programs from time to time, but the Jobing.com arena (where the NHL Coyotes play) is much nicer, although a bit far from the center of the valley. If the US airways is used for the nationals, there is light rail and other forms of public transportation. Lots and lots of resorts, eating places, and other forms of entertainment- including golf- if your significant other does not find figure skating that interesting.

I think Phoenix hosted the nationals long ago, probably in the 1990s before some of the nicer arenas were built. It's time to bring it here again.

Phoenix hosted Nationals in 1993.

kwanfan1818
02-04-2012, 09:53 AM
It is too bad Phoenix is not in the mix: it would be great weather for Nationals.

kwanette
02-04-2012, 11:38 AM
Wow, I'll blame it on the cold meds. :shuffle: The receipt I have in my email is for Spokane 2010 and is for $13.50. Greensboro (can't find receipt) was probably $30 - and I would be willing to pay double if necessary.

I am heading back to lurkdom.

I'm at the point in life where I'd pay any amt for convenience and safety.

berthesghost
02-04-2012, 01:38 PM
I don't think Denver has ever hosted an Olympics.And I doubt they ever will, not after what they pulled in 76!

Sassafras
02-04-2012, 01:55 PM
And I doubt they ever will, not after what they pulled in 76!

2022? (http://olympicsdenver.com/)

Carolla5501
02-04-2012, 06:14 PM
In Spokane two years ago, I rode on shuttles with Mirai Nagasu and her mom, Caroline Zhang, and a bunch of ice dancers. I wonder if it was different because of the two weekend schedule that year?

Skaters can get on your shuttle. But I understand they have to have a "dedicated" shuttle that you can't get on.

Debbie S
02-04-2012, 10:37 PM
Skaters can get on your shuttle. But I understand they have to have a "dedicated" shuttle that you can't get on.That is correct. But by around Thursday last week in San Jose, it was pretty much one shuttle that everyone got on. Initially, they told the skaters and others with credentials not to ride the spectator shuttle to ensure enough room for the spectators, then I noticed that all the buses at each stop were marked Silver. I guess what happened is they realized they needed a lot more buses for the latter half of the week and turned Gold shuttle buses into Silver (there's got to be a skating punch line in there somewhere ;)).

lamarenee
02-17-2012, 03:28 PM
Just noticed this bit of information from an online roundup story that ran 01/26/12 on ESPN.com:

The site for the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will serve as the trials for the Sochi Olympics, will be announced by May 1....

Maybe the decision will be made sooner?