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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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Don't feel bad about not understanding the "T" (Subway). I have never taken it but I scratched my head for quite awhile until I started to catch on to their lingo over the web...
They don't say, "Go north on the Orange line from Downtown station to North Station". They say " From Downtown Station, take the Orange line Oak Grove to North station."
Oak Grove is the northern terminus for the Orange line, and therefore a direction to them. Use their trip planner and note just how fast each hop is....and the stations, from the photos on the web, aren't small cramped
drab dimly lit entities....they have food courts and some are very big. Read the directions and have a map of the system in your hand and it will start to make sense.
I am so sorry you have so little time after a long flight....where are you staying? Hopefully not way out....the trouble with nats is that it is in a very historic and interesting city with about no time to see any of it...there is
something going on all the time...
A.H. Black said all the important stuff...the autograph sessions on the concourse or fan fast can offer long lines but you can briefly meet the skaters....my own personal policy is that I pretty much leave the skaters alone
when I see them in the restaurants or in the arena, other than a quick smile or an at-a-boy.......they have a right to privacy and its sad to see a Todd or Brian have to run out of the arena after a practice or comp to avoid being mobbed by fans.
(I haven't check this out yet for Boston but at many practices at many events, it is open seating so someone CANT kick you out of the seat you have chosen even if it is theirs for the comp. My policy is that I just give them "their" seat if they want it.
Not worth bothering with. )
Tripping on the Podium
Here is a suggestion for ensuring that Meryl and Charlie get the book of sketches. If there is a meet and greet at the arena, you might be able to present it to them personally. I would not throw it on the ice since I doubt they would ever see it - I think A. H. Black is correct and those items are bagged and donated.
If you are not able to present the book to them personally, I would suggest you mail it to them at their training rink. The hotel should be able to help you box it and send it through U. S. mail or FedEx or UPS. They train at Artic Edge Figure Skating Club, 46615 Michigan Avenue, Canton, MI 48188. Address the package to Charlie and Meryl and use that address and they should get the package when they return to Michigan. The phone number for the club is 734-487-7777. I called Artic Edge this morning to make sure this would be ok and they said it wasn't a problem and Charlie and Meryl would get the package with no problem.
Hope you enjoy your trip and seeing your favorite skaters.
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Thank you to everyone who responded, all of your answers are very articulated and helpful.
Apologies for making it sound like I'm just visiting the U.S for 3 days- that would be quite odd. It is a jammed trip though, because my mother is having about 7-8 reunions with old high school friends, so we have to go from LA to Vegas to San Francisco, back to LA, then to NY and then finally Boston. We're arriving on the 9th(hoping for some sightseeing) and leaving ASAP, so after the free dance I get to rush back to the hotel, and pack by bags for a morning flight back to Australia the next day.
We're staying at the Ames Boston Hotel- I'm naturally bad with navigation and maps so I'm not sure where that is. And as for the event, does anyone know how good these seats are? I just bought the first ones that showed up:
SD: Section 13, Row 9
FD: Section 109, Row E
To MFarone, thank you for the idea of mailing it to them, I might just do that!! If any huge meryl/charlie fans (like myself) are interested in seeing any of my drawings, I'm happy to share. I'm not an artist or anything, but I like to dabble. 2:30am... Time to sleep
to you all
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