Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by pat c, Nov 21, 2013.
Please please can I get a ride with you? Will share costs of course.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Kelowna was chosen because it meets two key requirements for Skate Canada: a giant downtown mall, and a casino
And an ice rink, I hope!
You'll be there?! Yay!
Yes, that too. I was thinking of the essentials for the times in between events.
Of course you are welcome!
Thank you so much
No it was about the same.
SA was cheaper in Portland and Kent for sure.
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
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.
So looking forward to seeing everyone again
Aargh! AC has Oct 30 and Nov 3 blacked out!! Goodbye free flight!
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 =)
I remember that there was a casino not far from where Skate Canada was held in Windsor in the Fall of 2012.
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.
From last year's Skate America in Detroit thread:
Are Canadian skaters & coaches big gamblers? Is it traditional to book Skate Canada in the vicinity of a casino?
Meagan Duhamel was playing poker for a really long time one night, but it wasn't just the Canadians, they were all there - well, the ones that were old enough.
Yes, Megan Duhamel strikes me as a risk taker.
I think I read that Paul Poirier was there too, yes?
Do you just have to be 18 to go into a casino? I thought it might be 21, but maybe it's just 18. I don't gamble myself, and am pushing 40, so I have no idea.
It depends on the drinking age...19 in Ontario.
They're about the same price as SC. Did that help?
I've decided it's going to be Kelowna. Hope my mom doesn't mind...she thinks we're going to Skate America.
I live in Kelowna, and it is really fun reading about my city. We do have an international airport, about 25 minutes from downtown. Lots of great wineries and restaurants. One of the best places to eat is Bouchons and it is right across the street from the arena. You won't need your snow boots and parkas unless we have snow way earlier than normal. We don't usually have snow until December. Temps should be similar to what we had in New Brunswick. So nice to finally have a competition I don't have to fly across the country to.
We love Kelowna, and have spent many a summer holiday there, and many business trips too when Mr alilou was still working. It's a lovely city.
Can someone link where you actually purchase the tickets?
I'm going to try for sect 101 or 102 opposite the judges. Judges in 108-110. KnC 114
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