On the Ice
Information in regards to Boston 2014
Hello. Just posting here to get some information and advice relating to the U.S Figure Skating Championships in Boston 2014.
I've read through some of the threads, and the information there was most helpful, but hopefully this will allow me to get more targeted answers.
I will be at nationals in Boston with 2 members of my family. We're flying in just to see the short and free dance (and pairs free as well because of the ticket scheduling).
I've seen some of the rules, but was hoping someone could provide me with more information on how you are supposed to conduct yourself at one of these events. This is the first ever skating competition I am attending.
I am also wondering if Boston has any major attractions to visit, and am looking for recommendations. And also quite confused about the transit system.
So yes, I am pretty much clueless about this. I bought the tickets when they went on sale, and I've my flights and hotel room, but aside from that, I have no idea about this trip.
It would probably be helpful to you if I added that I'm from Australia, and I've never visited the US before. So our 3 day trip to Boston is a complete bamboozle. If anyone could provide information about the city as well, that would be must helpful!!
Okay, onto the shallow part of the queries:
Is there any chance that I'll get to meet any of the skaters? Travelling half-way across the world to see Meryl&Charlie (and several other talented US dance teams) is completely worth it, but it'd be great if I could meet them, or get a photo.
My next trip out of the country will not occur for at least another 8 years after this (budget issues), so it's basically my last chance to ever see them.
Will Nationals be like other events where fans throw gifts down onto the ice for them? I have a book full of sketches of M&C that I would like to present to them, they inspired me to take skating seriously and I (as you can probably already tell), am a huge fan.
Sorry for the long post,
Thank you in advance!!
When I was at Skate America in 2006, after the medal ceremony, the medallists signed autographs and took photos with fans for a long while (until the staff started turning the lights out on us). It's possible that they might do the same in Boston at nationals, but there will be more fans at nationals so it may be harder to meet the skaters.
As for attractions, the Museum of Fine Arts is nice. Also, when I was a child, I really liked going to the Museum of Science. The MIT Museum has some neat stuff in it too, but it's not as grand as the previous two museums.
Wow, what an exciting opportunity and how wonderful you're able to come all the way from Australia!
Originally Posted by elle_e
One way to meet the skaters is to catch them at the host hotel, which I believe is either the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel or The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. Both hotels are in the Seaport District of Boston. After the competition is over, head over to one of the hotels and get a drink or coffee at the hotel restaurant, you can catch skaters at the restaurant itself or as you're walking around the hotel lobby. If that's a bit much for you, you're just as easily going to catch them walking around the arena or during practice sessions.
USFSA will also likely arrange meet-and-greets with the skaters throughout the week as well and I have no doubt they'll organize one with Meryl & Charlie, so that would be a great time for you to get that photo (and give them your book of sketches).
To everyone traveling to Boston I should warn you that in the tunnels, cellular and GPS reception aren't always available. There are exits to navigate in the tunnels so make sure that you know which ones you're supposed to take, and don't rely on your smartphone to tell you exactly when to exit.
How to conduct yourself -
Do NOT use a flash if you are taking pictures. It can be dangerous for the skaters. This rule is true whenever there are skaters on the ice.
Do not go up and down the aisles during skating performances. Treat the performances as though it was a concert - respect for the skaters is the name of the game.
Skaters and parents do not have assigned seats. Often spectators (all-event ticket holders) come for practice and don't sit in their assigned seats. It is not a big deal if someone is in your seat. Just mention to them that these are your seats. They will move.
Someone mentioned that a "meet and greet" is a good place to give the skaters your gift. That's a good idea. Things thrown on the ice often go straight to the local children's hospital or some such place and the skaters often don't see them at all.
Have fun. Enjoy. Relax. If you are friendly, you will make lots of new friends of those sitting around you.
Oh - try not to talk too much during the skating and be careful what you say - someone's mother could be sitting right in front of you.
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