Skate Canada 2012

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Really, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

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    Not sure why Skate Canada would want Skate Canada and Worlds so close together. Won't that adversely affect the attendance numbers of both events? Unless the HST has dramatically improved the economy of Ontario, which they tried to sell to British Columbians.

    So, I suppose Canadians will be really far away like Hamilton?
  2. pat c

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    Cynic. ;)

    Maybe Edm or Calgary.
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  3. normie

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    Wow, 5 years in a row that Ontario will get to host Skate Canada. Perhaps, we should rename the event Skate Ontario... This is not a criticism of the host cities who I am sure have a done a wonderful job hosting the events.

    I just wish other parts of the country would get a chance to host Skate Canada.
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  4. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break Well-Known Member

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    So tempting to schedule a visit home in Michigan around this time! Any idea when tickets go on sale?
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    They handed out a card in Mississauga with the date on it. Late Nov 2011. something like the 24th....ish...
  6. luna_skater

    luna_skater Well-Known Member

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    The AGM was in Calgary in 2004.

    I've been looking into flights to Windsor from Calgary for synchro nationals. The event falls outside WestJet's seasonal service there, so my only option is Air Canada. I've looked into flying into Detroit, which is idiotic, but possibly a better option.
  7. Nan

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    What is the situation for hotels and restaurants within walking distance? Google doesn't make it look promising.
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  8. Lutzcy

    Lutzcy Active Member

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    THIS.:cheer2:
  9. Alixana

    Alixana recovering Oly-holic

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    Currently, there aren't any hotels within walking distance. Supposedly they're building a hotel attached to WFCU Centre, but not sure when it's supposed to open.

    There are no restaurants within 5-10 mins walking distance, I think it's more like 15-20 mins. Within the facility, there's Tim Hortons and the usual vendors.

    On the plus side, there's LOTS of parking.
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  10. Nan

    Nan Just me

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    Thank you Alixana. :)
  11. Aaron W

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    I wonder if the official hotel will be at Caesars Windsor so that the skaters & officials can gamble during any free time? :)
  12. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    Back in 1998 at Skate Canada in Kamloops, the official hotel was attached to a casino. Many a skater/official was seen parting with their hard earned cash at various slot machines.

    Will decide later in 2012 what event I wish to attend in the 2012/2013 season. With Worlds too pricey, Skate Canada in Windsor is a possibility.
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  13. HeatherC

    HeatherC Go Team SW Florida! =)

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    When SC was in Kitchener a few years ago, I had no problem driving some folks to and from the arena if they were staying at the same hotel as me. I have no problem doing that again for Windsor. I'm ecstatic that a GP event is close to me again. I haven't been to one since the SC in Kitchener and they're always SO much fun. I've all ready told my mom about this and now that she's crazy addicted to attending skating competitions too ;), we're all ready planning for Windsor. :cheer:
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  14. Nan

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    I think I've talked my sister (non-skating fan) into coming with me. I would be staying with her in a suburb of Detroit and driving over every day.

    Any advice on how much time to allow for passing into Canada each day?
  15. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break Well-Known Member

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    My friend and I were considering this as well*. We have friends that live in Detroit and were just going to crash their house/apartment and drive back and forth each day... no idea on how much time it would take to cross the border... the last time I did that was when I ran across it for the Detroit Marathon and was screened ahead of time. :p

    *That is... depending on where I am at the time... as of right now it looks like I'll (hopefully) be in Illinois, but who knows... but we've been begging for SA to come to Detroit for years, and Windsor is basically a Detroit burb... but if I end up on the west coast it wouldn't be worth it :(
  16. purple skates

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    Depends, of course, on the traffic and time of day. Last Friday it took less than 10 minutes to get across the bridge at about 9:15 in the morning. When I went over in the beginning of October, it was about the same at 9:00 am on a Saturday. They had only one lane each way, too, because of construction. By next fall, I assume all lanes will be open.

    Can't say about the tunnel - it gives me the creeps so I avoid it.
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  17. Nan

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    Thanks to both of you for the time estimate. I know at one time, it was quite a long wait, I wasn't sure if that was still true or not.

    sk8er 1964, I feel the same way about the tunnel. :yikes:
  18. oleada

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    I didn't cross over at Detroit but both entering and leaving Canada through Niagara Falls took maybe 10 minutes.
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  19. Fridge_Break

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    I've run through the tunnel -- that thing is shadier than slim shady. :yikes:
  20. Nan

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    Thanks, oleada. :)
  21. oleada

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    Just be prepared to have them ask you if you are a figure skater ;)
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  23. Nan

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    I may not be able to talk for laughing if they ask either my sister or I that question. :rofl:

    Sis says she will bring crocheting for the down times. You think they will make her an honorary Canadian? ;)
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  24. Dave of the North

    Dave of the North Well-Known Member

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    Anybody else get their tickets yet? We're in section 104 row I (letter I). We're behind the judges or directly across from them.
  25. kimkom

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    You're directly across from the judges, Dave.

    I'm in Section 107, Row B, Seats 1-2. I like the corners. :lol:
  26. Nan

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    Section 103, Row G.
  27. Fridge_Break

    Fridge_Break Well-Known Member

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    Any chance they have Cyber Monday deals going on? :p
  28. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    Where are you guys staying? did you book anything yet?
  29. kimkom

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    I was looking at Google Earth last night, and it seems there isn't much nearby.

    It seems to be one of the closest, so I'm wondering if the Caesar Windsor Hotel and CASINO might be fun. :shuffle:
  30. purple skates

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    You stay there and I might be convinced to not cross the border each day. :lol:
  31. kimkom

    kimkom Two Pot Screamer

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    :D I'm seriously considering it. I'll have to see what my mom says; she's coming with me this time.
  32. cygnus

    cygnus Liberal Furry

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    I've booked a room at Caesar's. Should be fun! :)
  33. purple skates

    purple skates Shadow dancing

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    A bit pricey :shuffle: but I suppose if I save up....
  34. kimkom

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    Cool! I'm going to book one there today! :cheer2:
  35. kina

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    no wonder i had such bad seats when i went to 2010 nationals. i had bought them a few months before. i guess the great seats go a year in advance.
  36. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    I"m in..:cool: All booked..
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  37. kimkom

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  38. 4rkidz

    4rkidz GPF Barcelona here I come

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    :summer: looks like we could get into lots of trouble there..:shuffle: I'll check it out as likely staying there in June for the Grand Prix (car racing) in detroit..
  39. purple skates

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    We had decent seats (not rinkside - about 12 rows up) this year and I think we bought them about a month in advance.
  40. kina

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    oh, i was across from the judges, so i had the skaters' backs to me more often than not and i was in the highest row. i could still see, but i felt like it would have been so much better if i were closer. i think that's what is stopping me from going to see skating again -- i don't want to end up with seats again, but i doubt i'd be able to buy early enough to get the great seats.