YAY!!! 2010 Worlds in London! I guess I'd better start saving my money now, becaue there is NO WAY I'm going to miss that.
Where there's a will, there's a way.
You’re kidding, right?
Most of the hotels are outside the downtown core. Hotel space was packed for *Nationals*, without the influx of feds and media that will arrive for a *Worlds*. And just not any Worlds – the one before 2014 Olympics. Cripes, the media & entourage surrounding Yu Na will take up one hotel all by themselves. I exaggerate, but not by much.
If you can’t get in to an “official hotel” or are unwilling to pay those prices, the only hotel space will be well outside the downtown core. That means expensive cab fares or the cost renting a car with all of the parking hassles that others have mentioned.
Still not convinced? Let’s do a little comparison, shall we? London has a population of about 450,000. The population of Victoria (2011 Nationals) has a population of 330,000, and Kingston (2010 Skate Canada) has about 150,000.
According to Trip Advisor, London has 41 hotels and 7 B&B’s.
Victoria? 72 hotels, and 109 B&B’s
Kingston? 33 hotels and 24 B&B’s
When the location for this year’s Skate Canada was announced, people on this board started booking hotel space fast and there was a thread in which posters reported back that some hotels started boosting rates when they figured out a major event was coming to Kingston. Which has more accommodation than London despite being about 1/3 the size.
You can’t book hotels in 2010 for 2013. London hotels now know they have a major event. When supply and demand kicks in, London’s hotel prices might start looking “real London” rates.
And it’s not like there is another decent sized city that is within commuting range with additional hotel space.
According to Tourism London, the city has about 3,300 hotel rooms in total
Yes, the event will sell out, especially if V/M are still competing in 2013. But that will come from the local base. The tickets are likely to be expensive/hard to get, just because so few tickets will be available. The JLC has a seating capacity for hockey of about 9,100. That’s *before* you subtract capacity for K&C, sponsor tickets, judges, broadcast booth, etc. Supply and demand again.
I hope I turn out to be wrong on this, but I can see the cost of tickets and travel putting this event out of reach for the budgets of many people on this board.
Yes, the people in London are friendly and hospitable and there’s no question that there are great dining choices near the JLC. But that’s not the real issue.
Last edited by snobben2345; 06-22-2010 at 08:37 PM.
Ah... sound of vuvuzuelas affects your ability to read and respond to factual information? OK
I went to Nationals in London in 2005 and thought the atmosphere was great for the competition. I liked the more intimate setting of the arena, and there was a lot to do in the 2-3 blocks around the Labatt Center.
However, I cannot see how London is going to handle the logistics for Worlds. There simply isn't enough hotel space in downtown London--IIRC, there are only 6 or 7 hotels within walking distance of the arena, and 2 or 3 of those (the Comfort Hotel and Residence Inn) are a good mile away. From what I saw of the rest of London, the hotels outside of downtown are not all that nice, and some of them are not in very good areas. It was hard to find a hotel room for Canadians--I couldn't find anything downtown until one of the hotels had a cancellation a few weeks before the event--and I would guess that almost every single downtown hotel room will be needed for officials, media, and skaters. On top of that, the arena does not have sufficient backstage areas for media and skaters at Nationals, let alone Worlds. I applaud Skate Canada and the ISU for going with a smaller venue given all of the empty seats in Calgary in 2006, but I foresee a lot of logistical problems with London that will make attending for out-of-towners (including media and skaters) a difficult experience.
i wonder which will be the official hotel for london 2013? i assume either delta or four points by sheraton?
One think i agree with you, the venues will be a ready ahead of the games, and i am looking forward to attending it.
for summer olympics, sailing and soccer are really held far from the city unless its a coastal one. Seoul's sailing event was in Busan, Atlanta's was in Savannah and yes Beijing's was in Qingdao, Moscow's was in Tallinn. Soccer is understandable why it needs to spread out. Equatrian was different, Beijing tried to pull a Melbourne 1956 in my books there. Its could've been easily held in Beijing yet they said they Hong Kong has better facilities. I think they just didn't want to build one and the IOC was adamant to host the games in China. When Athens was falling behind rumors were circulating that Sydney or Seoul will be the back up. When the bribery scandal broke out Calgary offered itself as host should Salt Lake City be stripped of the hosting the rights. I think if the venues weren't ready in time for Sochi 2014 the most logical thing to do is either retain Vancouver or ask Turin to host if they will accept.
Is it practical to commute to London from Oakville (halfway between Toronto and Hamilton)?
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
I don't doubt that the venues will be completed in time, but I find it weird that figure skating one will not be ready in time for Europeans, since I was under impression that it was supposed to be one of the first to completed.
OTOH, I have never heard anyone on the Russian side expressing any desire of hosting Euros (in Sochi or otherwise), so the venue might not be an issue at all. I doubt ISU has power to assign events to a country, which has not made a bid. It is my understanding that RFSF has always wanted/planned to use a GPF (I am not certain if it's 2012/2013 or 2013/2014 one) as a test event.