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    Quote Originally Posted by YesWay View Post
    Awesome, thanks for posting the info!

    I got a pair of front-row seats on the judge's side :-D
    I think the front rows are all reserved for VIP boxes seating! Those were way too expensive for my taste. I knew figure skating could be expensive, but I honestly couldn't believe my eyes when I saw those prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesWay View Post
    Awesome, thanks for posting the info!

    I got a pair of front-row seats on the judge's side :-D
    Can't wait to see your pictures

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    From the ISU GPF Official page: http://www.gpf2014barcelona.com/en/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnie_20 View Post
    I think the front rows are all reserved for VIP boxes seating! Those were way too expensive for my taste. I knew figure skating could be expensive, but I honestly couldn't believe my eyes when I saw those prices.
    Ah, I meant the first row of seats behind the judges - there are no VIP boxes on that side. Still very expensive though.

    Some of the lower priced seats looked pretty good, kind of "front row" (no other seats in front of them), but just a bit further back/higher up.

    By the way, I noticed most of the VIP boxes were sold almost immediately, despite the cost - an eye-watering 2220 euros per box (6 seats)...!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch View Post
    Can't wait to see your pictures
    Haha! :-D I'm hoping to get some nice photos of course - but no guarantees...! :-D

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    I stand corrected, I had a look at the map, and you're totally right. Those boxes are only on the opposite side of the rink. I didn't realize.

    And those VIP boxes sold out? Oh... so it was actually 2220 for six people? I didn't know that. That doesn't sound too bad, then? Still a lot of money, and I wouldn't want to be on that side of the rink.

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    I have a feeling that a number of the VIP boxes were sold to the tour companies before public ticket sales started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebee51 View Post
    I have a feeling that a number of the VIP boxes were sold to the tour companies before public ticket sales started.
    Oooooh, is that what that is. Suddenly a lot of things are starting to make sense. I didn't get this whole "tour companies get the best seats" thing at all.
    Although to be honest, I'm not sure why sitting at the non-judges side at nearly ground level would be so much better than, say, some rows up at the judges's side.
    But if it's for groups, you would want people to sit together, of course.

    This is such a lightbulb moment! ;-)

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    Where can I see the map of the arena?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snow63 View Post
    Where can I see the map of the arena?
    Go to the official site and choose to buy the season pack. On the ticketing site, you should get a map of the arena, and by clicking on a specific, you can zoom in on that area to pick specific seats.

    If you don't see the map, there is an option to switch to graphic view.

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    Got my tickets today!!!! Can't wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winnie_20 View Post
    Go to the official site and choose to buy the season pack. On the ticketing site, you should get a map of the arena, and by clicking on a specific, you can zoom in on that area to pick specific seats.

    If you don't see the map, there is an option to switch to graphic view.
    Thanks.

    Do you guys think the places behind the judges are better than across from them? I mean zona 1 and 5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snow63 View Post
    Thanks.

    Do you guys think the places behind the judges are better than across from them? I mean zona 1 and 5.
    I'm not an expert, but I get the feeling that sitting on the judges' side is better: it seems like all skating programs start with the figure skaters facing the judges. And sometimes skaters will put something in the program that is 'aimed' at the judges' side, too. So simply put, you see more of the skaters and possibly you get a better view od some important parts of the program?

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but this is the impression I've gotten. Maybe there are other reasons? Fact is that the one time I went to a figure skating event, upon entering the hall, there were maybe ten people sitting on the side opposite the judges, and about a hundred on the judges' side, so I figured there had to be a very good reason for that. And also, tickets for the GPF sold very fast on the judges' side on day one, but not the opposite side.

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    I agree with Winnie_20 about the up side of sitting on the judges side. Since the advent of the IJS, though, there is one down side that prompts me to choose seats opposite the judges--the Technical Panel. The stand that is built for the Panel generally creates an obstructed view of the ice from most of the seats on the judges side. The degree of obstruction tends to decrease as you get away from center ice. Based on ticket availability at this year's Worlds in Saitama, I had no choice but to sit behind the Panel and certainly appreciated the superior vantage point based on the construction of programs to "play to the judges." However, in Saitama, even though the stands were raised above the Panel, my view of one corner of the ice was still completely obstructed. At the end of the day, my default preference is the unobstructed vantage point and I chose seats across from the judges for the GPF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebee51 View Post
    I agree with Winnie_20 about the up side of sitting on the judges side. Since the advent of the IJS, though, there is one down side that prompts me to choose seats opposite the judges--the Technical Panel. The stand that is built for the Panel generally creates an obstructed view of the ice from most of the seats on the judges side. The degree of obstruction tends to decrease as you get away from center ice. Based on ticket availability at this year's Worlds in Saitama, I had no choice but to sit behind the Panel and certainly appreciated the superior vantage point based on the construction of programs to "play to the judges." However, in Saitama, even though the stands were raised above the Panel, my view of one corner of the ice was still completely obstructed. At the end of the day, my default preference is the unobstructed vantage point and I chose seats across from the judges for the GPF.
    That was my thoughts too. Seems like seats across from the judges are more 'open'.

    And what do you think about Zona 3 and Zona 7? Is it possible to watch from there? I've never been in that part of arena before. My travel shapes to be more expensive than I hoped, so 40 Euros makes a good difference for me.

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    I've sat in the "end zone" for many competitions and it is just fine. Sometimes I feel like the opposite side of the ice is a bit far away and some Pairs and Dance lifts become somewhat one dimensional, but overall, the end is still a good location. If you want to save money, Zones 3&7 are a bargain. Btw, looks like K&C is in Zone 3. I would go for it !

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