Oh my -- close enough to home that I might have to consider going!
cool, thanks for the heads up.
I am definitely planning to go!
Seriously, no offense intended. But can't Nats find a more glamourous city? I mean St. Louis? Portland?? Spokane??? Cleveland???? I know we go for the skating and often it doesn't matter a flip what city it takes place in ... but still.......................................
I'm starting a conspiracy theory: The USFS is favoring the MidWest: 2007 Skate America in Minneapolis; 2007 US Nationals in Cleveland
What I wish the ISU would do is holding figure skating events in May/June. Tired of all those layers I have to wear.
Hey, don't bust Cleveland's chops, man! Despite what people think, Cleveland isn't the armpit of the Earth-- that's a tie between Gary, IN and Detroit. :chorus:
I, for one, am tired of the "glamorous cities" hogging everything. It's about time something big was within a three-hour drive of my house.
It will be nice to attend a US Nationals where I can just make a drive up I-71 to get there. I won't have airfare to pay for which means the trip will be MUCH cheaper for me!
2ndmark where would you like to see Nationals held?
Thers nothing wrong with the cities you mention.
I know we'd all like to have them close to home.
What I've liked is that I have been able to travel to places I've never been.
Cleveland is drivable but since I'd be alone flying would be safer for traveling alone. Only drove to 2 Nashville and St.Louis which is only 2 1/2 hours either way.
Cleveland has a world-class symphony, which plays in venerable Severance Hall, and several terrific museums, including the Western Reserve Historical Society -- who knew that eastern Ohio was originally the summer home for Connecticut? -- and the Cleveland Museum of Art. It also houses three Halls of Fame: Football, Rock and Roll, and National Inventors. There is also a steamship museum (William G. Mather) and a WWII era submarine (USS Cod).
immediately thought of you, Hez!
I'm still thinking about skipping out on 09 Nats and just going to worlds... we'll see what my bank account says in 2 years lol
any idea when ANCHORAGE could get a national championship up here?? we've got the ice!
I think USFS will be keeping a close eye on attendance. When Spokane hosted Skate America a few years ago the event set the all-time attendance record. It is not a coincidence that Spokane got the bid for U.S. Nationals this year (and was even in the running for Worlds for a while).
At Hartford this year, according to International Figure Skating the attendance for the short programs was 1160 people in an arena that holds 15,000.