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    Kent is, like, a 15-20 minute drive from the airport. A lot of the hotels will have an airport shuttle.

    I don't know if it's an American thing but Seattle seems to have a lot of small little cities. It seems like every block has their own city named after them.

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    Shuttle! Drink!

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    Use google maps to locate the Seatac airport and then get directions to go from the airport to Showare arena in Kent. Google says it is approximately 18 minutes by car, 54 minutes by bus and they show the bus route#s to take. Or call the hotel you are interested in and find out what they suggest for transportation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesy View Post
    Shuttle! Drink!
    Never mind the drink! Are you going to be there?????
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    Yep! Now if people want to start posting hotel recommendations that would be most helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesy View Post
    Yep! Now if people want to start posting hotel recommendations that would be most helpful.
    There are three hotels listed on SKAM's website. Two of them are airport hotels, and Hampton Inn is over 2 miles away?

    There seems to be a Quality Inn & Suites within walking distance and that's the only one I've found so far. And no airport shuttle. I'm totally going by google map though

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    I use expedia. They have a list of all the hotels in the Sea-Tac area with their fees, amenities, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manhn View Post
    From the article:

    ShoWare has a capacity of 3,940.
    That is small!
    According to Wikipedia, the arena has a capacity of 6,500 for hockey. Judging by this photo from inside the ShoWare Center, I'd assume the 6,500 number is closer to correct than 3,940.

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    The "Seattle" airport, Seatac, is halfway between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. It's actually closer to Kent than to Seattle.

    It's ten miles by taxi to the arena. From the airport itself, it takes as long to get to the arena as it does from Seattle (~45 minutes) because of the transfer, but if you walk and extra .2 mi (.3 mi altogether) to International Blvd. the road at the back of the airport, you can take the 19-minute direct ride on the MT-180.
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    According to http://www.showarecenter.com/venue/venue_overview
    "Flexible seating configurations with capacities ranging from 2,500 – 7,300"

    This link to nearby hotels was posted earlier in this thread: http://www.showarecenter.com/visitor_info/where_to_stay

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    Well. At least it's not Spokane.

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    Now now now, I've been all 3 times in Spokane ('03 SA, '07 Nats, '10 Nats) and they were awesome hosts each time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron W View Post
    According to Wikipedia, the arena has a capacity of 6,500 for hockey. Judging by this photo from inside the ShoWare Center, I'd assume the 6,500 number is closer to correct than 3,940.
    But if you look at the arena layout for ticket sales, they have blocked out the whole right end of the arena. If those seats aren't for sale, I'd guess they knock the total seat count down by at least a 1000+.

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    Okay...some sweet person *coughcoughmanhncoughcough* got tickets, and I've book at the Doubletree for Mr. Really and me. No, he won't come watch the skating, but he'll be there...
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    I'll wait to hear from a couple of folks (ya know who you are) before I make hotel arrangements. I usually stay at the Hilton Garden in nearby Renton. Since I will be driving, I don't need to be too close.

    Especially since I read that the arena has free parking. Uhm, really? Awesome! Or I'll just park at the nearby movie theatre or mall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UMBS Go Blue View Post
    Now now now, I've been all 3 times in Spokane ('03 SA, '07 Nats, '10 Nats) and they were awesome hosts each time.
    And the Davenport Hotel has a fantabulous bar!

    Kudos to the event organizers for making the ticket buying process the easiest I've ever encountered! Loved being able to pick my desired section and click right on the seats I wanted. And we aren't forced to sit opposite from the judges for TV purposes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesy View Post
    Yep! Now if people want to start posting hotel recommendations that would be most helpful.
    LURVE the Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle.

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    Joshua Farris should skate senior next year and be picked for Skate America: he was born in nearby Renton, 8 mi. away from the arena.
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    Kent Reporter article: Figure skating insider helps Kent land 2012 Skate America
    Excerpts:
    When U.S. Figure Skating began to search for a venue for the Oct. 19-21 Skate America, an annual event with 52 world-class figure skaters in men's, ladies, pairs and ice dancing that started in 1979, it asked for the opinion of [Steve] Disson. Disson Skating signed a promotional agreement last fall with the federation.

    "Steve had such a successful event here (with Pandora) and a very memorable experience in this building so that event paid dividends," said Tim Higgins, ShoWare Center general manager. "Success breeds success is how it all came about."

    Disson recommended the ShoWare Center to Bob Dunlop, U.S. Figure Skating senior director for events. A short time later, Higgins received a phone call from Dunlop.
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    ShoWare Center will have a seating capacity of 3,940 for the event as many of the 6,000 seats will be taken up for production purposes. NBC will televise coverage Oct. 20.
    Another excerpt from the Seattle Times article (the link was posted earlier):
    Indicative of the event's importance to the three-year-old ShoWare Center, reported to have lost $1 million in its initial years of operation, a slew of elected officials attended the midmorning announcement, including King County executive Dow Constantine and Kent mayor Suzette Cooke.

    Gov. Chris Gregoire was scheduled to attend but did not. Former Olympian Ben Agosto (2006 silver medalist in ice dancing with partner Tanith Belbin) was introduced as the event's honorary chairman.

    In 31 years of Skate America competition, the event's highest attendances have been achieved in the Pacific Northwest. Everett's Comcast Arena (2008), Spokane (2002) and Portland (2010) all drew more than 23,000 cumulative spectators.

    ShoWare will offer a capacity of 3,940 for five ticketed sessions.
    ETA link to this Seattle Weekly blog article: Skate America Chooses Kent (of All Places) and the Financially Struggling ShoWare Center
    It sure is exciting ... especially, no doubt, to those who are charged with trying to get the ShoWare Center out of the consistent red (specifically, SMG - which runs the event center). Reports - like this one from the Kent Reporter - indicate the arena has lost substantial money for three consecutive years. In 2011 the ShoWare Center lost $457,480, while it lost $398,013 in 2010 and $451,723 in 2009.

    Considering the mounting losses, it's no wonder the players involved are starting to get a wee-bit nervous. While the ShoWare Center has historically offered free parking, that may soon be a thing of the past, in just one of many efforts designed to bring in more money.
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    Just a tip for folks going to Kent. A bunch of us went to Kent for a Disson show this past season. ShoWare is newish, nice and compact, clean and neat with great sightlines. Nice smaller arena, very comfortable.

    As several people noted the hotel rates in the area are favorable and decent food costs are not high (and the salmon is fantastic!).

    One warning - quite a few members of our group found taxis from SeaTac airport to the Hampton Inn (10 minutes worth, maybe a bit more) in Kent inconsistent from traveler to traveler and very high (and I mean VERY). After one day counting on taxis we decided to rent a SUV and it helped enormously (the rental rates from an airport-based car rental were very reasonable - be careful, not the same rates as non-airport rental bases, research and compare).

    I would suggest being thoughtful about ground transportation and do the best you can for yourself in terms of shuttles, shared car, etc. or you could easily blow your budget. To say that there nothing to do in Kent is an undertstatement but that shouldn't be relevant as you have downtown Seattle (the light rail is terrific!) and of course the skating. There's an excellent Italian restaurant across the road within very short walking distance of ShoWare - there are other restaurants in that extended strip mall diagonally across the road so that's very helpful and again, reasonable.

    Yes, the big mall is fantastic shopping if shopping is your thing - again, it costs real money to get there if you don't have a car (it was after the round trip cost to the mall that I threw in the towel and rented the SUV - taxi costs were ridiculous and I'm from NY and very used to cabs!). Downtown Seattle is just wonderful. The light rail into town is fast, clean, cheap, just great - again, the trick is the cost of getting to and from the light rail station.

    Getting your ground transportation sorted out should ensure a great trip with a controlled budget.
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