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2016 Worlds - potential US bid?

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Aaron W, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. Aaron W

    Aaron W Well-Known Member

    US Figure Skating issued a RFP for any US cities interested in hosting the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships. The RFP indicated any bids should be submitted by Feb 15, with the evaluation taking place right now. US Figure Skating would then confirm their selection in early April and make the formal submission to the ISU on April 15. Any word on which cities submitted bids to US Figure Skating?
  2. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    The past few days, Skate Canada has had to justify its decision to the national media why they selected London and not a "bigger" city. In short, they believed it was better to sell out a small arena than have a 1/4 empty large arena. They used Calgary as an example but I find that unfair given the Worlds occurred in an Olympic year.

    How did LA do? I know there were a lot of complaints about prices and the event took place in the middle of a huge economic downturn, the event still sold a lot of tickets, right? Or is it expected that the USFSA will take a similar route as Skate Canada?

    Anyways, my choices would be Vegas and Phoenix.

    I wonder if D&W would consider staying on due to this.
  3. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    I'd rather see it in Everett or Spokane with an arena that is filled to the gills. I find it pretty depressing to see world championships with lots of empty seats. (Then again, I have no understanding of the pricing/marketing strategy that seems to be fine with having whole sections unoccupied.)
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  4. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    I bet D.C. would be a sell out if Worlds come back here again.
  5. Lanie

    Lanie Well-Known Member

    I think LA was pretty packed and sold well, but I'm going to guess a lot of it had to do with Yu-na. I remember the arena being really packed for the free dance, and people told me it was nuts for the ladies SP and LP.

    I think a smaller city, where the arena is packed, is a much better idea than a 1/4 or 1/2 empty arena for Worlds. Costs less, too, I'd imagine.

    West Coast so I can go! :rofl:
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  6. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    Yes please!
  7. semogal

    semogal Well-Known Member

    A recap in the Omaha paper after Nationals stated that Omaha was considering a bid for Worlds.
  8. Jayar

    Jayar Well-Known Member

    They should NOT get it. Nobody came to Nationals.
  9. circuscandy

    circuscandy New Member

    I keep hoping Spokane will. We'd go nuts for Worlds. I haven't heard anything about a bid, though.
  10. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    We can only hope. :) But I heard there were some issues in 2003 - ISU unhappy about some things relating to sponsorships and transportation/logistics, so I don't think DC is going to get a Worlds again. But you never know.

    I think it is a must that Worlds be held in a city with/near an int'l airport, with easy connections. Spokane wouldn't meet that definition.
  11. DimaToe

    DimaToe El Chen-te Fernández

    OMG...Could you imagine exposing the world to the Barbershop quartet from hell? No thanks :scream:
  12. carriecmu0503

    carriecmu0503 Active Member

    DC had it in 2003. LA had it in 2009. It's the Midwest's turn to host worlds!
  13. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    Kent it is!
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  14. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    And enough hotel rooms to house all the competitors, parents/families, officials (prob more of those than there aer competitors), and other assorted VIPs and event staff. ;)

    I wouldn't mind a Worlds in the Midwest, but maybe a city where there isn't still a danger of a blizzard in March. Cincinnati? Nashville? Dallas?
  15. madm

    madm Well-Known Member

    I dare say that Ontario, Canada is much more likely to have snowy weather than the U.S. Midwest. My vote would be for Denver or Salt Lake City.
  16. circuscandy

    circuscandy New Member

    Spokane has an international airport with direct international flights, though a lot of people would probably end up connecting through SeaTac. And traffic is always good between the airport and downtown Spokane because... it's Spokane.
  17. chipso1

    chipso1 Well-Known Member

    Spokane would do a great job, but it would also be nice to spread the wealth around. ;) What about Detroit? Also, didn't Providence host a cheesefest back in 2004? Kansas City has been bidding on Nationals the past few years, so maybe they'll get Worlds?
  18. maureenfarone

    maureenfarone Well-Known Member

    Maybe Kansas City?? Seems like they had a really nice arena (newish) and lots of hotels and restaurants.
  19. Triple Axel

    Triple Axel New Member

    yES...D.C, or somewhere on the East Coast, so I can go!!
  20. Triple Axel

    Triple Axel New Member

    Cincinnati would also RULE...or Columbus...please....
  21. Ageless

    Ageless Active Member

    We can always dream for Chicago........:rolleyes:
  22. sk9tingfan

    sk9tingfan Well-Known Member

    Loved the Showare arena and how easy it was to get around. Great service, food and best breakfast I think I've ever had at Maggie's. I would go back there!
  23. ilovesalchows

    ilovesalchows Well-Known Member

    Oh please. I flew to Rome out of Spokane two years ago and it was a two stopper. Miserable. I think GEG is only intl because there are flights to Canada?
  24. lexeoe

    lexeoe Active Member

    hoping for boston. if not, denver, kansas city, nashville, chicago.
  25. MountainTime

    MountainTime Member

    Omaha was under attended because many folks could not afford Nationals and then financially manage Worlds in Canada so they made an economic choice. Omaha had the friendliest rink staff I have ever encountered. The ease of navigating from the airport to the hotel and then the crossover to the rink from the hotel was the best arrangement. You didn't have to go outside and I could get from my room to the rink in under three minutes. Great restaurants, a clean city and other activities for entertainment in down time. No crime. I vote Omaha!!!
  26. maatTheViking

    maatTheViking Danish Ice Dance! Go Laurence & Nikolaj!

    Unfortunatly I am not sure Seattle's new basketball/hockey arena will be ready for 2016 - and a non confirmed timeline is probably bad for the bid :rofl: . But all I can think of when my hockey crazy friends post about the new arena is WORLDS IN SEATTLE!!!

  27. IceIceBaby

    IceIceBaby Active Member

    Wouldn't it be Europe's turn in 2016?
  28. BittyBug

    BittyBug Dispirited

    France just had it last year, so no.
  29. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    In the same article I read about Worlds held in London, Skate Canada said that instead of getting the event every 5 years, it'll probably be every 7 years. So, it would be the US' "turn".
  30. merrywidow

    merrywidow Well-Known Member

    Spokane sounds like a great choice to me. Or Denver/Colorado Springs?