Here is what the USFSA should do to revive interest in figure skating as a spectator sport in the United States. De-emphasize the ISU program -- American viewers don't care much about the Grand Prix, Four Continents or Worlds anyway -- and put their PR efforts into a three event season, starting with State America. Invite the top three U.S. skaters/teams in each discipline and forget about playing political games and trying to jockey their skaters into the GP final by the easiest route.
The second event -- a Christmas holiday type of pro-am cheesefest, like the Japan Open. Third event, the big show, U.S. Nationals -- who is the best skater in the country. Give a million dollar prize to the winner. (Get the million dollars from a huge television contract for this three event package. )
Then every four years there is the Olympics. But that can take care of itself PR-wise without the U.S. Skating Association leading the way.
Sports fans in the U.S. are parochial. The United States is the only country in the world that has no interest in the world cup in soccer. We are also the only country that calls it soccer. "It can't be much of a sport if we are no good at it." Mia Hamm was cool, but that was a long time ago.
This would not prevent skaters, coaches, and federation officials from taking intense interest in ISU competitions. The proposal is just for something to try to sell to television people and corporate sponsors.
Just got my tickets.....they are very cheep for row #3. $125 plus "fees" I wasnt even going due to the cost of Worlds next year but since it is a short drive away from Spokane and the nearby hotels are cheep, I figured I might as well.....(BTW, they are using a sane ordering technique...you can pick your seat......thankfully.)
Miki, Please come!
On NO! Yes, once again I am famous....look for me 23 seconds into the 30 second promotional video...there goes Davis and White...but who is that shadowy figure in the front row seat, next to the railing...indeed, the only front row seat in the section...the seat that all the skaters and coaches who come up from the underworld , past the railing, have to walk by....yes, its the old Coyote.....
(All aligations that I tried to grab Alissa and Carolina were totally....uh...what was that term Clinton used? Plausable deniability? Yeah....that.....)
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ETA: Presale!!! http://myemail.constantcontact.com/2...id=aU2nH-ajWm8
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aw man, I don't think I can swing another trip outside this year! Especially since I have Disney World next year to save up for... hmmmm... I gotta price this out.
Just bought my tickets! My husband let us splurge on the VIP tickets. So we're in row 2, near the judges! This is my first live skating event...so I'm pumped!
ETA: Now making my mental Skate America wish list....can't wait until May 21!
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Some interesting tidbits from an article from The Seattle Times on the announcement: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...showare05.html
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.
By the way, Lacey is a suburb of Olympia, the state capital, which is about an hour away from Seattle.Agosto, a Chicago native living in Lacey, won five Skate America ice dancing titles with Belbin (2003-05, 2007 and 2009). Retired from competition (he now coaches and handles choreography assignments), Agosto said the Grand Prix follows only the Olympics and World Championships in terms of skating prestige.
It's kind of a Nation's Cup of skating," Agosto, 30, said. "It's a way for skaters to get more experience for the World Championships which follow."
Subsequent stops in the weekly series are slated for Canada, China, France, Russia and Japan. Top finishers qualify for the Grand Prix final in December in Sochi, Russia, site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
"You'll see a lot of the top skaters here, especially U.S. skaters," Agosto said. "U.S. Figure Skating really tries to bring all their top skaters to this event."
• Two factors boosted the ShoWare Center's candidacy for hosting Skate America: favorable impressions conveyed by an ice show operation (Disson Skating) that presented "Pandora: Love on Ice" (with Kenny G and Gladys Knight) at ShoWare in January and its proximity to a hotel (in Sea-Tac) operated by Hilton, the event sponsor.
• Agosto said he thinks it will be a good space for skaters. "It's a perfectly sized venue for figure skating," he said. "Even looking up to the back row here I can see the eyes of people and they can see mine. That results in a tremendous transfer of energy to the skater. After that skating show here, that put this building on the radar of the skating community."
RT airfare, Anchorage to Seattle is 545... yikes...
I am so tempted... ugh! stupid airfare...
Chris - you said the hotels are cheap? I'm finding pretty expensive stuff in my skimming through the options online... help a girl out?
Even w/o the bidding thing you can get some decent deals at SeaTac: http://bit.ly/JbXO0L
In order to do priceline I'd have to committ to the trip, I'm just budgetting it out to see if it's doable... the tickets forr all event are completely affordable... airfare not so much...
ok so what would my transportation options be from a SeaTac hotel to the Arena? I'm not renting a car as I don't do lower 48 city driving... open road, sure, not in big cities.