Interesting comments by locals about London...
Very interesting. I wonder hpow many people actually came from out of town for the event, or if the crowd was mostly locals.
I would hazzard a guess that "relatively" few were locals from the folks that I talked with in the lower bowl. Those tickets were $1400 each, after all. Perhaps the upper bowl held a higher concentration. But locals could have obtained a ticket to a few events. My group sold our gala tickets for $100 each, normally $200, in a flash to locals. With the huge screen outside doing a live broadcast, the SkateCanada tent, and the lasar light show doing the same thing at the same time on the side of the arena, there were many hundreds of locals outside. Most of the folk in the arena were Canadians, of course, comming from 40 to 2000 miles away. With US folk probably second, and Japanese ladies probably third. I will have more to say about the fan demographics later in my report.
Originally Posted by Mathman
I love the idea that Japanese ladies were a large contingent. Were a lot of them Aunties for Daisuke, I wonder.
It's really too bad that watching skating is so expensive, though. It's really frustrating to contemplate the World Championships coming to your neighborhood, and your being unable to take advantage of it.
Yes, acutally, it is very expensive.....I am glad I wasnt a big fan till I retired. Though I should have gone to Nats Portland... :(
Attending skating events is very expensive unless one happens to be in one's town, or one has another advantage, like
a relative one can stay with, for example. The big three are transportation, lodging, and ticket costs, assuming you can take the time off.
It CAN be done on the cheep to some extent. For instance, no one goes to nats, SA or 4 Conts anymore so it is nothing to buy the cheepest
all event package and move down to a better seat during the event. If you have friends to share housing, that helps, or if the event is fairly close to
where you can drive and stay at a motel and commute in or take the bus in, that can save you money. But even on the "Cheep", it is expensive,
which is a shame for many fans. I do find it interesting, though, how much money is floating around. The airports were full of college students on Spring
break, going skiing in Colorado, or going and doing whatever. When I was in college deep into the last century, I didnt know anyone who could afford anything
like that...now it seems commonplace.
The Japanese girls I see at all the events I go to are very interesting to me. They are obviously very enthusiastic fans who have access to great quantities of disposable cash.
They bring these "to die for" ornate banners which I photograph. (I will post a pic of one of Yu-Na that a Korean fan made that I would love to have in my living room when I am finished with my pics of London)
My friends and I have talked to some of the Japanese ladies (my Japanese abilities are about nil) and they are very polite and well mannered, although some completely loose it when their favorite skater is on
Originally Posted by Olympia
When I went to college, no one did anything much either. Now some kids go for ski trips in high school. Wow.
I'll look forward to seeing your photos. It's great that you and some of the other GS'ers are able to get to so many events. Then the rest of us get to hear all the details, as if we had been there ourselves.