Twitter is pretty awesome - I had trouble registering as a volunteer (they required that all the shift options be checked to continue, even the "available all shifts" and "not available" together ) and tweeted them regarding the problem. A day later the official San Jose 2012 Twitter feed acknowledged my tweet and said they were working on it.
My parents are actually in the process of buying a small house less than 5 miles from the arena, so if that goes through, I'll be able to stay for free. I'm trying to talk my mom into volunteering too, it would be fun! And to invite some FSUers to stay with us as well, but of course that completely depends on if the inspection gets through.
If you're looking for cheaper hotels, you could stay at the airport hotels. They're all on the light rail line that passes through downtown San Jose and stops about a block or two from the arena (the Mountain View - Winchester line). The main down side, at least from what I've seen on the VTA's website, is that the rail line stops servicing the airport area around 10:30 pm. It does however run until about midnight to the Civic Center stop, which is about 3/4 of a mile from Gish, where many of the airport hotels are located (as well as the next stop: Metro/Airport). Maybe the VTA will extend train service two additional stops during Nationals in order to allow convenient transportation options between the airport hotels & the arena? If not, a 15 minute walk from Civic Center to the hotels near the Gish stop doesn't seem too bad to me.
There's also the possibility, if you'd like to spend a little time in San Francisco, to stay there or anywhere else on the Peninsula, and take Caltrain to/from San Jose. The station is within a block or two of the arena. The current schedule (weekday : weekend) has the final train departing northbound at 10:30 pm (though schedules are always subject to revisions).
One thing I've liked about West Coast events is that they tend to start earlier in the day and finish earlier in the evening in order to allow live prime-time television coverage for the Eastern time zone. I believe it was that way for Vancouver Worlds, Skate Canada in Victoria, and LA Worlds. I'm curious whether that trend will hold true for San Jose?
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San Diego in January sounds pretty awesome
I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!
Caltrain working on fix to balance budget
Hopefully funding issues will be sorted out, at least through January 2012 (figure skating events are important after all, haha). And hopefully the VTA will extend their late night (after 10:30 pm) service two additional stations to the airport area hotels rather than stopping one station short of the area.Transportation officials say they are working on a short term plan that would balance Caltrain's budget without making massive service cuts.
Caltrain had previously warned it would have to dramatically cut service to close a $30 million budget gap. Proposals included cancelling all non-peak service, and halting all trains south of San Jose.
Yesterday, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission executive director he is meeting with Caltrain as well Muni, SamTrans, and the VTA to find a funding plan that will finance Caltrain until the 2012 election. However, he warns Caltrain will still have to make some smaller cuts.
And hopefully the VTA will extend their late night (after 10:30 pm) service two additional stations to the airport area hotels rather than stopping one station short of the area.
I wouldn't count on it. They do not run extra VTA service after Sharks games and they are pretty much a guaranteed sell out -- granted more Sharks fans are local so don't necessarily need to get to airport hotels. But, I don't think this is going to be treated as a major enough event to spur our local agencies into action.
OMG, I just bought tix, lol. I guess I'm going!
I ordered through Mike at the arena, got section 127 (2nd price level) but on the aisle next to section 128. I figure we'll only have to sit in those seats on Saturday, maybe Friday. I like being near the skater's entrance side.
I didn't see practice venue info posted anywhere yet...Mike said it would be at Sharks Ice. He said it's about 10 minutes from the main arena. After being spoiled in Greensboro by practices being in the same building, it will be annoying to have to take a shuttle, but at least it's not far away.
Looking forward to the mild (for Jan) weather.
Shark Ice was Logitech Ice until a name change. Its an easy shot from the HP Pavillion which is lovingly called the Shark Tank. Shark Ice is a nice facility with four sheets and a restaurant. Anyone who wants information on San Jose feel free to post me privately since I lived there 20 years and LOVED every second of it. I know fabulous restaurants as well as hotels. You're only 1 1/2 hours from Monterey/Carmel-By-the-Sea beaches and an hour by train from San Francisco.
A while back, I hoped that BART would extend to San Jose by the time nationals (and the gymnastics Olympic Trials) rolled around. It would be so much easier. I live far enough away that going back and forth home would take ... probably more than 2 hours.
I signed up for volunteering for the whole week not knowing what my work schedule will be in the future, as I'm still a temp at my company. Well, it'll be time for a vacation, or *koff* *koff*, the common cold or something. When the time comes, I would be into doing a weeklong sublet of an apartment with other FSU folk if anyone's into it. I think the only friend-of-a-friend who's anywhere near is in Fremont, and then San Leandro after that.
Public transit is basically going to be a non-option given the hours of the event, so for out of town visitors you'd be best off staying downtown (15-20 minute, perfectly safe walk) or renting a car and staying with friends or in a cheaper suburban hotel.
I live in Fremont but we don't have a spare guest bedroom. I found in 1996 that going back and forth from Fremont was fine. Often you aren't doing it at rush hour.
But I did feel like I was missing out on some of the experience ... such as lobby chicking and staying up late talking about skating with other fans. So I think I might go in on a hotel room with someone for at least part of the time.
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I'd love to go but I don't think we can swing it. : I'll be at Skate America for sure.
I'm sure I can talk her into taking a few FSUers for the week, but I don't think we can have like, 6. I'm not even sure how many beds they're going to have. Someone's going to have to bring an airbed!
Ohhhh, I thought you meant the "person" inspection, by your parents. Parents either love me or stare open-mouthed wondering what next crazy story I'm going to tell. But let's just say that I'm *that* demographic that parents of *our* demographic complain we don't have enough of in friends, ha.
I do not mind curling up in a corner under a dining room table in a sleeping bag. It's for skating! But definitely, I'd also be into doing an FSU buddy share - that way we can be each other's excuses to stay out late doing all the things MacMadame described! One thing about 2009 Worlds is that while I had a good time, I did it all alone, and had to share late night stories with non-skating friends who didn't really appreciate how great it was!
Tentative, day-by-day schedule is posted on the website: http://www.skatesanjose2012.com/asse...hedule_(3).pdf
It looks like the solution to the time difference and the NBC broadcast requirements is to hold the pairs comp over 2 different days (Sat and Sun), and split the men into early and later groups. I shudder to think of the start time for the early group of men, assuming the broadcast times for the east coast are the same as they have been.
Boy, am I glad that I decided to take a later flight out on Monday. Thursday and Friday look ultra-light in comparison to what they usually are. It's also interesting that the Ladies' FS precedes the pairs. Saturday and Sunday ae likely to be marathons!
Anyone want to share a cheap hotel room for Thursday thru Saturday?