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    Are You Going?

    I just bought tickets on Monday (9/29) for Nationals! I'm beyond thrilled...this will be my first real competition. Is anyone else definitely going? I think I'm in section 114 somewhere.

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    Re: Are You Going?

    Originally posted by BronzeisGolden
    I'm beyond thrilled...this will be my first real competition.
    There's nothing like the first time -- it's such a joy

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    I'm going! Last year in Dallas was my first time at a competitive skating event- our first vacation in almost 10 years. I actually bought the tickets for my partner, who has always been a HUGE skating fan, but I got hooked on it after seeing it live. For me it's totally different than watching it on TV. Now I am so excited as the season gets started. I still get frustrated watching it on TV, but I'm hooked on this place, and checking scores, etc.

    I have no idea where we are sitting- except I think we bought the "club" seats. Has anyone been to Philips Arena?

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    I'm 2 hrs from Phillips Arena and go there for the COI tours. Anywhere is a good seat, even in the nosebleeds. I like the stadium a lot. Be prepared to get redirected through traffic if you're driving. The 1st time I ever went, they sent me out of the parking garage in a direction I didn't know. I had a hell of a time getting back to I75 to get home.

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    I'm going to be there....my first competition too. I'm so excited. I love Phillips though so I'm sure I'll be perfectly content.

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    Thanks Mpal and Casper. I've never been to Atlanta. I'm excited to visit a new city, but judging from first experience at nationals, I probably won't see much of it!! Last year we spent 12hrs a day at the rink!

    We won't be driving- found a bed & breakfast in Inman Park (i think that's it); it's right on the metro line that runs into the arena. Glad to hear you like Philips Arena. Look forward to seeing you there, and in the meantime, tracking all the other competitions here!

    Jeff

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    I'm so excited! Just ordered my all-event ticket today ... there were still VIP seats open.

    This will be my first Nationals ... I went to Worlds in DC and had an absolute ball! People have said that there's nothing like being at Nationals ... hope they're right!!!

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    I'm so happy to hear good things about Phillips Arena! It's rotten to spend a lot of money on a ticket and find out the arena's designed so poorly that your view stinks.

    Does anybody familiar with the area have any suggestions for inexpensive restaurants in vicinity of the arena?

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    Originally posted by nymkfan51
    I'm so excited! Just ordered my all-event ticket today ... there were still VIP seats open.

    This will be my first Nationals ... I went to Worlds in DC and had an absolute ball! People have said that there's nothing like being at Nationals ... hope they're right!!!
    Last year was my first nationals- and first competitive skating event. It's what made me a convert! We've already ordered our tickets for Portland 2005!!

    For me, there was nothing like seeing the skating live, and I love to attend practices and warm-ups. Also, we were surrounded by so many friendly people. It really made for a great time.

    Look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

    sk8fanconvert

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    Dear Friends and fellow skate fans,

    I am a native Atlantan and I am looking forward to meeting some of you if that is possible. If anyone wants to arrange a "meet and greet" please PM me and we will se what we can do.

    As for Phillips arena, it is one of the great showplaces of the city. We used to have the Omni arena ( it was a hockey/basketball venue where they held concerts) They tore it down to have the site for the Phillips arena ( a concert hall where they also play hockey and basketball). It was designed for verstility and the seats really are good on all levels except the EXTREME nosebleed seats.

    The acoustics are wonderful and I hope you all enjoy. I would recommmend going online to google and accessing the MARTA ( our mass transit system) and finding the train routes to the arena. The cost is 1.75 and it is clean and really safe. I would be glad to answer any questions on an individual basis, including good restaurants, etc if you just PM me. Looking forward to seeing you there....Mark (your sk8m8)

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    hey if I win the Michael Weiss contest I'll be there LOL does that count?

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    2004 National Figure Skating Championships

    That's so cool you guys are going to a competition! I have been in some, but I've never watched one live! I've only been to shows. I hope to go to a competition for sure sometime! Well, my husband & I want to go to the next Winter Olympics!

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    Kali,

    if you're a fan of Michael Weiss you can jump in on the contest he has going on on his official website... http://www.michaelweiss.org

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    2004 US & National Champs

    Tonichelle,Thank you so much for that info! I am definately going to do that!


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    getting excited

    Okay, I'm getting really excited now.

    We have our tickets (Section 106, Row M, seats 1 & 2). Come say hi!

    We bought airline tickets nearly a year ago.

    We've had our hotel booked since September (the King Keith House, a B&B in Inman Park, 2 blocks from the metro rail). I think my partner is looking forward to the jacuzzi bathtub almost as much as the skating!

    I've printed out all the practice schedules (at this time in two weeks we'll be watching the championship mens free skate practice...) Who else will be there checking out the practices?

    I was going to buy a guide to Atlanta, but I realized I'm hardly going to have time to see anything!! However, since I've never been there, I do want to see the Carter Center, the King Center, maybe the CNN Headquarters... Anyone have some opinions on what to see in Atlanta?

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