Hey, if London gets it, that could be major incentive for V/M to stay in til then, and then of course Sochi the year later )
I would like to see it in Winnipeg because it is close to me (I'm in Saskatoon). I didn't go to Canadians in London because the cost to fly there was so high. Winnipeg has a decent size airport and it would only take me about 1 hour to fly there. My ultimate would be for Saskatoon to have worlds but I don't see that happening. Although we did just hold the world junior hockey championships and have added seating to CUC (the capacity is now around 14,000).
I get the whole rah-rah share the wealth with the other provinces, but Toronto hasn't had an event in how long? Pffft, enough of London already.
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Well the last three worlds held in Canada were out West (Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary), I think it's time that they came out east!
I could deal with London, but while I had a good time there for Nats, the area that the arena is is, well kind of sketchy... especially at night. I was there for Nationals in 2005 as well, and don't remember it being sketchy, so I will say things can change.
I heard that Benoit Lavoie wanted Quebec City to host Worlds, but they couldn't in 2012 because it interefered with the Quebec Junior Hockey team (who uses the Colisee)
I believe Winnipeg's major airport renovation will be done by then, no? That should definitely help.
The new airport will definitely be open by then. The MTS centre is beautiful and easily connected with many downtown hotels. Volunteer base is good, crowds should be good, I think the biggest problem may be lack of near-by practice arenas. But, there is time so who knows what is being planned. I'm super excited because it is my hometown and it's been a long time since we've had a major event. I too would be happy with Skate Canada or Canadian nationals, but this would be awesome!!
I say put a Canadian Championships in Winnipeg and host the World Championships in Montreal (or Quebec City would be great as well).
I don't know why more events are held in Montreal. I would love that!! Quebec City would be lovely too except the arena sounds like it is an older arena - something that will surely be considered in the decision. London was wonderful for nationals this year except it was difficult for travel (I could not get a direct flight). But then again, most people flying internationally will likely have to fly to Toronto and then connect to Winnipeg. I also thought the arena was small and not anywhere near as nice as the new MTS Centre in Winnipeg. It will be interesting to see what they choose...
Winnipeg!!! I have family there, so no hotel costs...I would be there for sure!
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Just so you all know, it will go to Winnipeg, how do I know you ask?
Currently, I live within driving distance of Winnipeg. Soon, I will be moving to within driving distance of London; therefore.. Winnipeg will get it based on the kind of luck I have so far.. lol
London, London, London! There's no way Toronto will ever get it (and that would be my first choice, being the Centre of the Universe, and also home), so I'm all for London or Ottawa. I prefer the Labatt Centre and its central location to the suburban Ottawa rink, so London would definitely be my first non-Toronto choice.
C'mon Toronto, the largest city in Ontario. What are you doing?
The only arena in Toronto that you could put a Worlds in is the Air Canada Centre and that's not available. Availability of practice ice at an arena close by would be a problem too.
Winnipeg would be perfect. Easy to get to, and a brand new arena all ready and waiting in the heart of the city.
If the organizing committee in LA managed to get the Staples Center for Worlds last year I'm sure it could be done with Air Canada Centre as well. As for practice rink, it was set up next dor to Staples, at the Convention Centre. Again, the CC in Toronto is only steps away from ACC... Just saying.
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