The event was fine, I felt bad for the competitors because of the poor attendance at the event possibly due to the lack of promotion by the Calgary media. These were our top Canadian figure skaters and very few people in the stands to encourage or applaud them, almost no one left in the arena to watch the winners receive their medals. Also, very poor signage to direct people to the venue, particularly for out of town visitors. Congratulations to all of the skaters. A big thumbs down to the city of Calgary.
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Would have liked to see Skate Canada encourage more attendance. Such as club group discounts, lower ticket prices, better video quality and televised. Could have had more stuff to engage the audience during the floods and waits.
This was our first live experience of the National Skate Canada Championships. Not sure if we knew what actual building this event would be at Winsport. It should have been front and centre, not only for directions on site but also for parking and entering the building. As our first time there, we had no idea there was any other place for eating except for the concession (which was pathetic; no hot chocolate at the beginning - the weather was FREEZING cold; long line ups and the $7 hot dog was cold. We found out only after the fact that had we gone down a long hallway somewhere, we'd find decent food.) At the price of the tickets, I had hoped for some sort of program, at least with the competitors' names. The sound and lighting were great. Next time, we might just stay home and live stream. Thanks for the chance to give this review.
I’m a longtime figure skating super fan, and this was the worst event I have ever seen. Skaters were great and did their job, and not their fault, but the event was so disappointing. The arena is so small and still was less than half full. The lower bowl of the Saddledome was full at Canadians in 2000(?). Winsport was also freezing. Ice needs to be frozen, not the stands and the fans. Extremely poor promotion of this event by Calgary organizers and skate Canada. Felt so bad for the dedicated athletes who have trained so hard.
This event featured a great venue allowing a very close up view of the skaters. I loved every minute! It was very sad to see so many empty seats.
Happy to have the Nationals in Calgary, despite the cold snap.
The National Figure Skating Championships were a wonderful event in Calgary! Surprised by the number of empty seats. Maybe if the ticket prices where alittle lower and there was more effective publicity more people would have come out to see these great skaters.
It was a great event. Thanks to all the volunteers and people who made it happen on such a frigid weekend. The one thing that bothered me was that the announcer told you nothing about the skater and could have at least said who their coach was, music, etc. I had to buy the $10.00 Smart Bug (I think that is what it was called) to get the commentary, which was great, but since I had already paid money to see the event that was a bit annoying. Also, the scores on the screens at either end were WAY too small to read. But otherwise a great event.
WinSport is a beautiful, well run complex, and a Calgary showplace! Even the food available was great! Well Done Calgary!
The skaters were great, congratulations to you all, but the organization of the event left lots to be desired. There seemed to be very little organization right from ticket sales through to the end. I have been to many national and international events so can compare. At first it was even impossible to find out the times of the events, once there there was still not much, info, inc. no programs, no info sheets ,not even announcements to inform of coaches, choreography, music, etc. For those in the know there were the Skate Bugs, but they weren't advertised or explained very much. With them the commentators need to learn not to speak while the crowd is still cheering or if there is an announcement playing. Concession facility lacking in what it offered and a second or third could have been opened up when busier on Sat The whole event seemed to drag at half speed, long waits for scores and ice cleaning( is it really necessary to clean after only 3 skaters?) There seemed to have been very little publicity about it and combined with the weather made for very sparse attendance which would be an embarrassment if anyone outside Canada happened to see it.