Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by pat c, Oct 29, 2011.
I vote for Phoenix
Phoenix would be fantastic!!!
Is Pheonix really a possibility? I am planning on going to a US city in May and Pheonix was my #1 choice. But if SA is in Pheonix, maybe I'll go to Chicago instead...
I was hoping Vegas. Is there anyway a US Nats or SA could go to Vegas?
I don't see why not, esp. for SA. The weather is a lot like Phoenix (cool/pleasant and dry), lots of places to stay and eat. The only thing I don't know is if they have a large enough arena for the ice.
Talking of Phoenix, I have not heard anything about bringing either SA or the US nationals to Phoenix. It's just my desire.
Another selling point for Phoenix may be its proximity to one of the seven wonders in the world- the Grand Canyon National park. People can see the park and the skating in one trip.
if its phoenix i bet they'll be using Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.
I'd be allowed to go to Detroit. I have relatives there. So I vote for it. But, in all seriousness, Phoenix is a really great option (and I have a friend who'll be gone at school, but maybe I could crash by her folks? That would be nice).
It's a beautiful arena. I have visited it many times for the Coyotes (NHL) games, and once for COI. It's a bit away from the center of the metropolis, but skating fans don't care. Their food selection is rather limited (not many vegetarian choices) and there are fewer restaurants within walking distance. From that perspective, the US Airways center is far better. However, the Suns play there, so it won't work for the nationals, but could easily work for SA.
Phoenix IS a beautiful area, plus it is easy to get to from wherever you are coming from (a big deal for me). Detroit would be wonderful too. So would Cincinnati. There are so many good choices; I hope they choose an area that is easy to reach.
I vote for Portland.......Maine. We had two SAs back in the Eighties. We have an international Jetport, and TONS of restaurants and hotels right near the Civic Center. But I know that’s not gonna happen.
Boston would be good, too
Portland is absolutely wonderful and extremely traveler freindly. Lots to see outside of skating and absolutely wonderful food, including but not limited to lobster!
Me too..easy driving distance for me. Though I'm going to Skate Canada in Windsor; not sure if I can take that much time off.
I'd love to go to Portland, Maine. I have never been to Maine, and I have always wanted to go.
Do we know who made the bid? Since the weather has been so weird, I'd prefer warmer climate and avoid any location with potential snow storm/blizzard.
I haven't seen anything on actual bids - so far we are all just wishing and speculating.
I vote for Fargo, ND.
Well, that's an easy drive from Minneapolis.
It's also a boring drive from Minneapolis.
....Orlando FL!!!!! Or would that be too big of a city?
92 Nats were in Orlando, and from what I have read, I think it will be a long time before USFS puts another event there. But Tampa has a fairly large skating community (and is home to E/L and the Peterson/Johnston training group) so that might be an option.
As long as there are no wood chippers in the vicinity of the rink...
What happened at 92 Nats?
I'm sure the FSUers who attended can offer more details than me, but I've heard there were a lot of organizational and financial problems. The host club was eventually thrown out of the USFSA.
Here is an article that might shed light on some of the challenges in Orlando:
Is it probable that we'll know 2014 Nationals location before we know this year's Skate America?
It is interesting to note that we know the bidders for '14 Nats but not for Skate America. Is that a bad sign?
I had wondered why Orlamdo, with all its' facilities and advantages for visitors, had never gotten another event. I think I know why, now.
What an embarrassment!
I'm all for that! The Fargodome would be a great place to host it.
Skate America location has been announced the last few years somewhere between late January and mid March.
I don't know where it will be, but I know the dates are: Oct 17-21
TENTATIVE EVENT SCHEDULE
Wednesday, Oct. 17 Arrival of delegations and event load-in of arena
Thursday, Oct. 18 Official practice sessions and officials dinner
Friday, Oct. 19 Session 1 (evening) Short Dance and Ladies Short Program competitions
Saturday, Oct. 20
Session 2 (afternoon) Free Dance (Finals) & Ladies Free Skate (Finals)
Session 3 (evening) Pairs Short Program & Mens Short Program
Sunday, Oct. 21
Session 4 (afternoon) Pairs Free Skate & Mens Free Skate
Session 5 Skating Spectacular (top five place-winners in show format)
Monday, Oct. 22 Departure of all delegation members
That article sounds like the beginning of a trainwreck. Poor guy!
Maybe the tourism bureau didn't think they needed to get behind anything other than Disney and the other theme parks?
I think you are a very wise person. The IT person at USFS just quit out of disgust, as other folk have. Word from a very reliable sourse is that Nats 2014 will be Boston, St. Paul, Greensboro, or possibly Denver.
I sure wish they'd announce it soon. This wait is a little ridiculous, especially for those trying to plan their time off from work this year.
I hope attendance is good this year. Last year had to have been an all-time low. I couldn't believe how empty the sessions were!
^Where was it last year? I forget already. But yes, I agree on wishing they'd hurry it up on the announcement, I want to try to go if it's anywhere nearby!
It was in Ontario, CA, east of L.A. I think the location was announced in early March.
Portland 2010 wasn't announced until May, so it could still be awhile!
Thanks, Debbie S! But ugh, I certainly hope that we don't have to wait until May!
Last year, SA and Nationals were both held in the same area. That usually results in lower attendance. I really think the two events should be in different parts of the Country to attract higher attendance. I wish they'd go back to rotating regions as well. But that's my two cents.
Yes. We all need to chill.
I'd vote for Boston. Easy commuter rail transport options and I'd get to sleep at home.
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