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BelleBway
03-31-2012, 01:39 PM
If I'd won the Mega Millions, I would have sponsored Skate America. And it would have been quite the voidy event, complete with 2 adorable kitty mascots. "Furricane's Skate America", that's what I would have called it. Stupid lottery machine that didn't pull my numbers foiled that excellent plan... :lol:

shan
03-31-2012, 01:44 PM
If I'd won the Mega Millions, I would have sponsored Skate America. And it would have been quite the voidy event, complete with 2 adorable kitty mascots. "Furricane's Skate America", that's what I would have called it. Stupid lottery machine that didn't pull my numbers foiled that excellent plan... :lol:

:rofl:

And where would this event have been held? I'm sure the kiss and cry would have been ultra :inavoid:

BelleBway
03-31-2012, 01:52 PM
:rofl:

And where would this event have been held? I'm sure the kiss and cry would have been ultra :inavoid:

I would have rotated it annually in different regions to be fair to everyone. :D

Eys, K&C would be all sorts of sparkly purple and stuff... And obviously there'd be a dedicated FSU section of seats, with free tix for all FSU supporters. And cupcakes, served by porny waiters (and waitresses) :rollin:

BlueRidge
03-31-2012, 02:27 PM
If I'd won the Mega Millions, I would have sponsored Skate America. And it would have been quite the voidy event, complete with 2 adorable kitty mascots. "Furricane's Skate America", that's what I would have called it. Stupid lottery machine that didn't pull my numbers foiled that excellent plan... :lol:


I would have rotated it annually in different regions to be fair to everyone. :D

Eys, K&C would be all sorts of sparkly purple and stuff... And obviously there'd be a dedicated FSU section of seats, with free tix for all FSU supporters. And cupcakes, served by porny waiters (and waitresses) :rollin:

We wuz all robbed! How fabulous this would be!

agalisgv
03-31-2012, 02:50 PM
Dont know what a long drive means....Google says on the off times, Santa Monica to Ontario is a bit over an hour....is that long? Rush hour starts around 5am in SoCal and runs till well after 9am. It starts back up at 2pm and goes to around 8-9pm. Driving during those times is *way* more than an hour--maybe closer to 3 hours one way.

Theatregirl1122
03-31-2012, 03:34 PM
Rush hour starts around 5am in SoCal and runs till well after 9am. It starts back up at 2pm and goes to around 8-9pm. Driving during those times is *way* more than an hour--maybe closer to 3 hours one way.

Not to mention that even an hour is long for people who aren't already fans of figure skating. If the rowing world championships were being held an hour away, I wouldn't drive out to watch practices even if they were free. Because I don't care about rowing.

my little pony
03-31-2012, 04:45 PM
Why not Skate Newark (http://www.prucenter.com/default.asp?prucenter=88&urlkeyword=Arena_Info)? They have a zamboni. :cool:

that would put a whole lot of new :drama: into the shuttle thread

the first time i ever went to newark, i saw two different car fires

MacMadame
03-31-2012, 06:01 PM
If the rowing world championships were being held an hour away, I wouldn't drive out to watch practices even if they were free. Because I don't care about rowing.
If the rowing world championships were held two blocks from my house, I wouldn't attend even if they paid me.

So I don't think that counts. ;)

OTOH there are plenty of people who live in the Ontario area who like figure skating enough that they might go see it if it was in their backyard and didn't cost much. But they have to know it's there and it sounds like they didn't.

DORISPULASKI
04-01-2012, 12:48 AM
Don't diss rowing. It was a big sport when I was a kid in CT:

http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/mcrew-hw/tradition/harvard-yale-regatta

http://collectableivy.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/harvard-yale-boat-races-1901.jpg?w=450

http://prints.encore-editions.com/500/0/harvard-yale-crew-race-boat-landing-new-london-conn.jpg

Huge yachts used to come up from the NY Yacht Club to watch the race on the Thames River. They sold red helium balloons for Harvard and blue for Yale. And little pennants so that you could wave for your favorites school.

alchemy void
04-01-2012, 01:55 AM
Sometimes I really wonder why people even post on a figure skating forum anymore if the sport is such a burden to watch. :P

Anyways, I'm hoping for St. Paul or Chicago! :cheer:

CoyoteChris
04-01-2012, 03:29 AM
If the rowing world championships were held two blocks from my house, I wouldn't attend even if they paid me.

So I don't think that counts. ;)

OTOH there are plenty of people who live in the Ontario area who like figure skating enough that they might go see it if it was in their backyard and didn't cost much. But they have to know it's there and it sounds like they didn't.

I agree that if one isnt a fan already, then the LA traffic is an issue. My friends who live down there say their lives revolve around the traffic issues.
But people who are already fans know how to work the traffic times. I do think taking time off of work is a big problem for some but they could have come on the weekend. I do also think promotion of bigger events by the media really helps. In Spokane, they had full page color pics of the skaters in the paper and lots of stories.
In Colorado Springs, 4 Conts, I walked to a major restaurant after an event and complimented the reservation lady, saying she was so young and pretty she should be out there on the ice. She looked at me kind of funny and said she used to skate and made it to regionals one year and what was going on at the World Arena? This year at Nats, the front desk person asked us at the hotel next to the arena is there was an old people's convention in town, as many older folk were checking in.....
Chris who likes Everett.

manhn
04-01-2012, 03:32 AM
How bad can the traffic be to prevent people from going to Ontario, at least for local residents? Wasn't the arena next to the GREATEST OUTLET MALL EVER? What--people don't go the GREATEST OUTLET MALL EVER because the traffic is so bad? Are you telling me I could've found a parking space, easy peasy? Because when I go to an American mall, it takes me FOREVER to find an empty parking space.

Rob
04-01-2012, 03:47 PM
I would have rotated it annually in different regions to be fair to everyone. :D

Eys, K&C would be all sorts of sparkly purple and stuff... And obviously there'd be a dedicated FSU section of seats, with free tix for all FSU supporters. And cupcakes, served by porny waiters (and waitresses) :rollin:

Couldn't your lear jets go around and pick us all up too? I think so. With donuts.

The person who won lives in Maryland, but it isn't me. Sigh.

Rob
04-01-2012, 03:49 PM
If the rowing world championships were held two blocks from my house, I wouldn't attend even if they paid me.



I'd go to nearly any sporting event for free -- maybe not bullfighting, Xtreme fighting stuff, but anything Olympic, I am there. Plus my friend won a bronze in Sydney in rowing so I was into it for a while there.

BlueRidge
04-01-2012, 03:53 PM
I'd go to rowing! Its cool. I see the Georgetown U rowers out on the river all the time practicing. Wish I'd taken it up when I was young!