Skate Canada 2014 is in Kelowna

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  1. lexeoe

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  2. alilou

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    I will be able to go to Skate Canada 2014 :cheer2: :cheer2: :cheer2:


    (I can see everyone is so excited about SC being in Kelowna that no-one responded to the thread :shuffle:)

    ETA I see now the thread is only 2 days old, not months as I thought :eek:
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  3. JasperBoy

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    I think there was an earlier thread about this. At least, I remember replying, with glee, that I would be there!
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    At least it's on the west coast. Still, may not be close enough for me to go, but you never know.
  6. alilou

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    No wonder I was confused. (Rushing to read the other thread now :))
  7. alilou

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    Hooray hooray hooray I can go to SC 2014 :cheer2:

    Carpooling from Van please please please :)

    The two hotels closest to the arena are already fully booked :eek:

    I just booked a room at Kelowna Inn and Suites, 1.8 km from the arena. The room has 2 queen size beds so if anyone is interested in sharing to save costs PM me. It looks pretty good. I've been to Kelowna many many times, it's a great place. (well maybe not so much at the end of October brrrrr :))

    http://www.booking.com/hotel/ca/kel...TB7R4sq7YIVTAczMDuVw2IITr5ntWsbIeYVubOsuS9/bf

    http://www.kelownainnandsuites.com
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    Is anyone interested in carpooling from Victoria? I'm happy to drive, but would be more happy to share ferry costs, and have company for the drive.
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    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    $100,000 for shuttles!
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    And plenty of red and white yarn!
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    The way the BC govt has treated amateur sports in the past, that's $100,000 that's probably going to be subtracted from the funding that's usually available to sport clubs and organizations. And I'm sure the fact that Clark is the MLA for Kelowna has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with this grant :rolleyes:
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    Wow, $185 for the best tickets! With taxes, ticket surcharges, etc. probably over $200. I can't remember Skate Canada in Saint John being that expensive or am I forgetting things? Certainly, it's more expensive than Skate America.
  16. The Observer

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    Hmm. Interesting. Well, living in the Vancouver area is much more expensive than living in the Maritimes. Housing is much more expensive on the west coast than out east - my cousin used to live in Vancouver but found it so expensive, just to have an apartment, compared to what it costs in Ontario, Quebec, etc.

    Perhaps the higher prices on the west coast carry over to sporting events and a higher cost of living for everything else too?
  17. overedge

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    Kelowna is far enough away from Vancouver that the cost of living in Vancouver is not relevant. The main effect in Kelowna is that the cost of housing there is going up due to increased demand, from people fleeing expensive Vancouver. But you certainly can't blame the cost of Skate Canada in Kelowna on the cost of living in Vancouver.

    I would guess that because Kelowna is a secondary destination by air, i.e. not a major center, it's more expense to stage Skate Canada there because of travel costs. It's going to cost more to get officials, skaters, judges, etc., there than it would if it were in, say, Vancouver or Toronto.
  18. made_in_canada

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    Also, keep in mind it's a fairly small rink. The cheap seats really aren't bad at all. You could be in the top row and still be seeing everything easily.
  19. The Observer

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    Kelowna is also now the riding of the Premier of British Columbia, Christy Clark.
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    Mr. Japanfan and I are planning to drive and have room for at least two more people - three could possibly share the back seat.
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    Please please can I get a ride with you? Will share costs of course. :cheer:
  22. The Observer

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    Do we know why Kelowna was selected instead of Vancouver? (Craig Buntin is from Kelowna so he said on Twitter he's happy, ;) but I can't think why Kelowna was chosen instead of Vancouver unless it has something to do with it being Premier Christy Clark's riding).
  23. made_in_canada

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    There's quite a big skating community in Kelowna too which means lots of available volunteers. The big rinks in Vancouver (Rogers Arena, Coliseum) are probably a little too big. There's other places with appropriate venues but then you're out in the suburbs which isn't all that attractive and may not have the volunteers.
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    Vancouver wouldn't be chosen for the same reasons Toronto and Montreal aren't but Missassauga and Quebec City are: monster, expensive rinks with NHL and/or big concerts vying for the venues. Even events in "Seattle" aren't held in Seattle: Skate America has been in Everett and Kent, without efficient and reliable public transport from the city to either.

    Kelowna is a nice-sized city, with wineries nearby (and golfing in the summer), and is a reasonable long-distance drive from Vancouver and should draw a city crowd.
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    Wheeeeeeeee! Gotta get my ducks in a row to do a seat buy Friday at 10am. I hope that selectyourtickets.com allows us to select exact seats rather than doing one of those "let us choose the best tickets for you" roulette games. :biggrinbo :cheer2:
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    Kelowna was chosen because it meets two key requirements for Skate Canada: a giant downtown mall, and a casino :p
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    And an ice rink, I hope!
  28. alilou

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    You'll be there?! Yay! :cheer2:
  29. overedge

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    :rofl: Yes, that too. I was thinking of the essentials for the times in between events.
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    Of course you are welcome!
  31. alilou

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    Thank you so much :respec:
  32. pat c

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    No it was about the same. :)

    SA was cheaper in Portland and Kent for sure.
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    I feel the need to pout over the fact that this is Halloween weekend. Driving distance for me, but with young kiddos I won't be able to skip Halloween :(
  34. JasperBoy

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    SC is almost always Hallowe'en weekend. Some of the skaters take account of this in their exhibition numbers.

    It's OK if Hallowe'en falls mid-week, but otherwise it is hard for people with kids who want to Trick or Treat. OTOH, it's a good excuse for the audience to exchange candy.

    Must book my flight soon. I hope to fly on AC points.
  35. alilou

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    So looking forward to seeing everyone again :cheer:
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    Aargh! AC has Oct 30 and Nov 3 blacked out!! Goodbye free flight!
  37. victoriajh

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    i think i might go up and volunteer- any info on that yet? if i go then i would have space in the car as well =)
  38. The Observer

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    I remember that there was a casino not far from where Skate Canada was held in Windsor in the Fall of 2012.
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    Yes, a couple of hours at the Windsor casino, and we saw pretty much every Skate Canada athlete and coach. I would bet it will be the same in Kelowna.

    I booked a room at the Delta, and I booked a room for Skate America because I can't decide. Porter flies from Sudbury to Chicago, and is half the cost of Sudbury to Kelowna. Skate America tickets are much more expensive, though, yes?

    I can't decide which one to attend...and I have to do it by tomorrow at 10:00. :wall:
  40. Sylvia

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    From last year's Skate America in Detroit thread: