No we won't. There is hardly any Russian spectators at Finlandia Trophy for example. And I think the tickets will be too expensive for them anyways.
We Finns like to root all of the skaters no matter where they come from. That is one of the reasons why they like to skate at Finlandia Trophy. The atmosphere at the rink is very welcoming and warm!
And I would like to remind you and some other posters that it's extremely offensive to read these kind of comments about cheering Russians etc.
Anyways, there was a large Russian fan contingent in Helsinki in 2012 when Finland hosted the World Ice Hockey Championships. I saw lots of Russian team jerseys on people around town. I think plenty of Russian fans will come for the skating, too! Plus, Finlandia Trophy is not really a good example - of course there aren't many Russian spectators in the audience, there aren't many spectators PERIOD! Barona was almost empty when I went.
With Stockholm hosting the Euro champs next year too, it's a great time to be a skating fan in the Nordic countries! I was thinking of taking the ferry to Sweden for Euros next year but I might just pitch my pennies and go to Helsinki Worlds instead
Why do I have to leave the Nordic next months such a shame.
Disappointed for Glasgow, but happy for Helsinki. I've visited Finland several times, and I can say it is a beautiful country with trees practically everywhere, and friendly people. Helsinki itself is a lovely, clean city and the food from the stalls down at the quayside is OMG DELICIOUS...
Regarding Finlandia and attendance... I think things might be a bit different if Hanyu and/or Lipnitskaia show up there again - their popularities have sky-rocketed in the last year...!
eg. The hotel where the skaters and judges usually stay, is booked solid for the Finlandia weekend, and has been for quite some time (it didn't happen so fast, so early before).