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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Mr. Japanfan and I are planning to drive and have room for at least two more people - three could possibly share the back seat.
    Please please can I get a ride with you? Will share costs of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    I would guess that because Kelowna is a secondary destination by air, i.e. not a major center, it's more expense to stage Skate Canada there because of travel costs. It's going to cost more to get officials, skaters, judges, etc., there than it would if it were in, say, Vancouver or Toronto.
    Do we know why Kelowna was selected instead of Vancouver? (Craig Buntin is from Kelowna so he said on Twitter he's happy, but I can't think why Kelowna was chosen instead of Vancouver unless it has something to do with it being Premier Christy Clark's riding).

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    There's quite a big skating community in Kelowna too which means lots of available volunteers. The big rinks in Vancouver (Rogers Arena, Coliseum) are probably a little too big. There's other places with appropriate venues but then you're out in the suburbs which isn't all that attractive and may not have the volunteers.
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    Vancouver wouldn't be chosen for the same reasons Toronto and Montreal aren't but Missassauga and Quebec City are: monster, expensive rinks with NHL and/or big concerts vying for the venues. Even events in "Seattle" aren't held in Seattle: Skate America has been in Everett and Kent, without efficient and reliable public transport from the city to either.

    Kelowna is a nice-sized city, with wineries nearby (and golfing in the summer), and is a reasonable long-distance drive from Vancouver and should draw a city crowd.
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    Wheeeeeeeee! Gotta get my ducks in a row to do a seat buy Friday at 10am. I hope that selectyourtickets.com allows us to select exact seats rather than doing one of those "let us choose the best tickets for you" roulette games.

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    Kelowna was chosen because it meets two key requirements for Skate Canada: a giant downtown mall, and a casino
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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Kelowna was chosen because it meets two key requirements for Skate Canada: a giant downtown mall, and a casino
    And an ice rink, I hope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyNit View Post
    Wheeeeeeeee! Gotta get my ducks in a row to do a seat buy Friday at 10am. I hope that selectyourtickets.com allows us to select exact seats rather than doing one of those "let us choose the best tickets for you" roulette games.
    You'll be there?! Yay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperBoy View Post
    And an ice rink, I hope!
    Yes, that too. I was thinking of the essentials for the times in between events.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alilou View Post
    Please please can I get a ride with you? Will share costs of course.
    Of course you are welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japanfan View Post
    Of course you are welcome!
    Thank you so much
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    Quote Originally Posted by manhn View Post
    Wow, $185 for the best tickets! With taxes, ticket surcharges, etc. probably over $200. I can't remember Skate Canada in Saint John being that expensive or am I forgetting things? Certainly, it's more expensive than Skate America.
    No it was about the same.

    SA was cheaper in Portland and Kent for sure.
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    I feel the need to pout over the fact that this is Halloween weekend. Driving distance for me, but with young kiddos I won't be able to skip Halloween

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    SC is almost always Hallowe'en weekend. Some of the skaters take account of this in their exhibition numbers.

    It's OK if Hallowe'en falls mid-week, but otherwise it is hard for people with kids who want to Trick or Treat. OTOH, it's a good excuse for the audience to exchange candy.

    Must book my flight soon. I hope to fly on AC points.

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    So looking forward to seeing everyone again
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    Aargh! AC has Oct 30 and Nov 3 blacked out!! Goodbye free flight!

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    i think i might go up and volunteer- any info on that yet? if i go then i would have space in the car as well =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Kelowna was chosen because it meets two key requirements for Skate Canada: a giant downtown mall, and a casino
    I remember that there was a casino not far from where Skate Canada was held in Windsor in the Fall of 2012.

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    Yes, a couple of hours at the Windsor casino, and we saw pretty much every Skate Canada athlete and coach. I would bet it will be the same in Kelowna.

    I booked a room at the Delta, and I booked a room for Skate America because I can't decide. Porter flies from Sudbury to Chicago, and is half the cost of Sudbury to Kelowna. Skate America tickets are much more expensive, though, yes?

    I can't decide which one to attend...and I have to do it by tomorrow at 10:00.
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    From last year's Skate America in Detroit thread:
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    Site is up and running. Tickets on sale June 3rd.

    They are charging rows 1-3 for $400.

    The rest seem to be about $165.
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