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    Psyched for this choice - I can finally get back to see a GP event and/or the Quebec final, first time in many years.

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    You know what I hate about any event being held in the Toronto area when it comes to the biggie events?

    That MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) for some stupid reason won't let SC or the other major sporting organizations out there use the Air Canada Centre to host other sporting events. Now the excuse (and that's what it is) I've heard is that they're unable to work the Leafs and/or Raptors skeds for something like that to become reality.

    Really? That's funny because Vancouver was able to manage it ten years ago for Worlds back when they still had the Grizzlies sharing what's now Rogers Centre w/the Canucks. Other arenas that have both NHL and NBA franchises in the States manage to do it. The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have gone on week long road trips in the past for Worlds, Canadians and the respective major Curling Championships. So why not Toronto and the Air Canada Centre!?!

    Yes, I know then the expense of what renting the Hangar would come into play, but at least then the building would *be* in play.

    It's the only other arena I've been to that's got pretty much fantastic access to stuff around it. It's attached by a tunnel to Union Station and all sorts of franchise fast food stuff, as well as a Convenice Store that sells fresh fruit. It's right next door to the GO Station for both trains and buses, so handy for those coming in from the "burbs.

    The only other arena I've been to that's close to having the same advantages is Copps in Hamilton.

    Sorry for the rant, but it just drives me nuts MLSE keeps such a stranglehold when it comes to the use of the building.

    And Bailey, like you, I just don't get why Winnipeg isn't getting the events. Yes, I know the bid process has changed, but that hasn't been in effect for that long and your new arena is now what? Ten years old? A shame that is.

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    MLSE also controls the Ricoh Centre so the same reasoning would also apply there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat c View Post
    I know, but if London or Kitchener etc can hold it, Red Deer isn't that impractical, and a lot of those hotels probably have a shuttle or would line one up. Just sticking my western oar in.
    Is Red Deer served by a major airline? If not, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Brandon, MB’s bid to host adult nats was turned down for this reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by AragornElessar View Post
    And Bailey, like you, I just don't get why Winnipeg isn't getting the events. Yes, I know the bid process has changed, but that hasn't been in effect for that long and your new arena is now what? Ten years old? A shame that is.
    Apparently the MTS Centre people are not easy to deal with. Plus, the arena is just too big. Figure skating isn’t a big enough draw anymore to justify the rent for a 15,000 seat facility. It would be difficult to come up with a competitive bid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbug View Post
    Is Red Deer served by a major airline? If not, I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Brandon, MB’s bid to host adult nats was turned down for this reason.
    Well, I wasn't really serious. Red Deer and a lot of other smaller cities that have ideal venues aren't travel friendly.

    Even with Canada's strong fs team, the reality is, the volunteer base is shrinking. It's harder to hold these events, and we all want ease of access. So that really limits where the comps can be held.

    Aside - I was quite surprised when I heard that for some of the major curling events we have in Canada, you have to pay to volunteer.
    Gone crazy. Be back soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parsley Sage View Post
    MLSE also controls the Ricoh Centre so the same reasoning would also apply there.
    Considering it's the home of the Marlies, you'd think I would have known that, but nope. Thanks!!

    Quote Originally Posted by pat c View Post
    Aside - I was quite surprised when I heard that for some of the major curling events we have in Canada, you have to pay to volunteer.
    What!?! First time I'm hearing this. Wow!!

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    What is the name of the grocery store behind/near the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Mississauga (on Traders Blvd.)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yukisnowflake View Post
    What is the name of the grocery store behind/near the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel Mississauga (on Traders Blvd.)?
    Highland Farms

    http://www.highlandfarms.ca/index.php

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    OMG I,m totally psyched about the finale being in Quebec City!!!
    Can anyone tell me when the tickets will be on sale?
    Thanks....

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    I'm still trying to decide whether to go to SC or the GPF. I know the approximate cost of SC tickets, but does anyone know what GPF tickets (full package) usually run? Are the a lot more expensive than the individual Grand Prix Events, or does it depend on which country they're held in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimkom View Post
    I'm still trying to decide whether to go to SC or the GPF. I know the approximate cost of SC tickets, but does anyone know what GPF tickets (full package) usually run? Are the a lot more expensive than the individual Grand Prix Events, or does it depend on which country they're held in?
    We went to the Kitchener GP final and the tickets were quite similar to the skate canada costs.. I would expect it to be a little higher for Quebec as will also include the junior grand prix final at the same time.. if your picking one I would go with the Quebec city one.. I just booked my hotel as I was there for another ISU event a few years ago and likely the same one
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4rkidz View Post
    We went to the Kitchener GP final and the tickets were quite similar to the skate canada costs.. I would expect it to be a little higher for Quebec as will also include the junior grand prix final at the same time.. if your picking one I would go with the Quebec city one.. I just booked my hotel as I was there for another ISU event a few years ago and likely the same one
    Thanks 4rkidz, I'm pretty sure we'll do the GPF. I can go to SC almost any year, but the GPF, not so much.

    It might be pretty cold there in December, and we'll definitely want to stay in Old Quebec again, so transportation is annoying. We stayed at the Chateau Bellevue for the last Skate Canada and we loved it so much. The room was small, but it included a huge free buffet breakfast every morning, and was right around the corner for the Frontenac so we lobbychicked there a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AragornElessar View Post
    You know what I hate about any event being held in the Toronto area when it comes to the biggie events?

    That MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) for some stupid reason won't let SC or the other major sporting organizations out there use the Air Canada Centre to host other sporting events. Now the excuse (and that's what it is) I've heard is that they're unable to work the Leafs and/or Raptors skeds for something like that to become reality.

    Really? That's funny because Vancouver was able to manage it ten years ago for Worlds back when they still had the Grizzlies sharing what's now Rogers Centre w/the Canucks. Other arenas that have both NHL and NBA franchises in the States manage to do it. The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have gone on week long road trips in the past for Worlds, Canadians and the respective major Curling Championships. So why not Toronto and the Air Canada Centre!?!

    Yes, I know then the expense of what renting the Hangar would come into play, but at least then the building would *be* in play.

    It's the only other arena I've been to that's got pretty much fantastic access to stuff around it. It's attached by a tunnel to Union Station and all sorts of franchise fast food stuff, as well as a Convenice Store that sells fresh fruit. It's right next door to the GO Station for both trains and buses, so handy for those coming in from the "burbs.

    The only other arena I've been to that's close to having the same advantages is Copps in Hamilton.

    Sorry for the rant, but it just drives me nuts MLSE keeps such a stranglehold when it comes to the use of the building.

    And Bailey, like you, I just don't get why Winnipeg isn't getting the events. Yes, I know the bid process has changed, but that hasn't been in effect for that long and your new arena is now what? Ten years old? A shame that is.
    slightly OT, but i remember reading an SI article a few years back and MLSE was rated as the worst owners in the NHL.

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    So, Skate Canada tickets go on sale this Thurs., March 10th. Last year, I know there was a presale. Does anyone know if there will be a presale this year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AragornElessar View Post
    You know what I hate about any event being held in the Toronto area when it comes to the biggie events?

    That MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) for some stupid reason won't let SC or the other major sporting organizations out there use the Air Canada Centre to host other sporting events...
    The ACC is way too big to hold any skating events, even Worlds, in a cost-effective way, though. Back in the heyday of skating, a 22,000-seat venue could be used for a Worlds in Canada (see GM Place in Vancouver, 2001), but now Skate Canada can barely get sponsors to keep up with the events they do hold. Ricoh Coliseum would be a much more realistic Toronto venue for skating events, but MLSE is also very inflexible about the scheduling for that venue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dramagrrl View Post
    The ACC is way too big to hold any skating events, even Worlds, in a cost-effective way, though. Back in the heyday of skating, a 22,000-seat venue could be used for a Worlds in Canada (see GM Place in Vancouver, 2001), but now Skate Canada can barely get sponsors to keep up with the events they do hold. Ricoh Coliseum would be a much more realistic Toronto venue for skating events, but MLSE is also very inflexible about the scheduling for that venue.
    GM Place (Rogers Arena) based on info provided on their website for an ice show configuration has a capacity of 17, 120.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexeoe View Post
    slightly OT, but i remember reading an SI article a few years back and MLSE was rated as the worst owners in the NHL.
    That doesn't surprise me in the slightest. The difference in Service between a Leafs game and CSOI is lightyears.

    There are the odd exceptions of course, but for the most part when I go to CSOI, I'm mostly on my own. I've heard simliar things from friends who have gone to concerts at the ACC.

    The one and only Leafs game I ever went to, and we won't talk about the cost of *that* ticket, after my experiences at CSOI I was prepared for my usual frustrating time of trying to find my seat. So to say I was shocked when I had an usher at my elbow the instant I walked through the doors is an understatement.

    It's sad, as it is a great building in terms of location, but it hasn't got the greatest of reputations for some pretty obvous reasons. A shame as I said.

    On that note...I'm seriously thinking of Skate Canada, but won't be able to know if I can swing it until hopefully Wednesday. Reason I say "hopefully" is because I'm waiting on a date to go to Ottawa for a Specialist Appt and have been since last summer. When I saw my Family Doctor back in January, all we were told was a very vague, "Oh, it's happening in the New Year..."


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    Usually the group renting the arena has to pay for the use of the ushers - so I'm not sure that one can be blamed on the facility or owners. When you're charging what you do for a Leaf's game, you can easily afford the extra staff.

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    I'm not familiar with the area, is it plausible to rent a hotel in Toronto and drive to Mississauga for the events? I looked at google maps and it's about 30 minutes, but is the drive easy/manageable?

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    It will be much easier and cheaper to stay in a hotel in Mississauga. Pearson airport is not far away from the Hershey Centre so there are tons of airport hotels from all different chains. They charge much less than hotels in downtown Toronto. It's then a short drive or not too bad a cab ride from hotel to venue. My sister lives in Toronto (Scarborough) and we are even considering getting a Mississauga hotel for the weekend just to not have to do the long drive each morning and night, because we'd be out there all day and night for practice and competition. We stayed at her house in 2003 and it wasn't too bad but at the end of a long day at the arena the drive home was a little stressful. And there was one morning where we encountered some bad traffic trying to get out of Toronto.

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