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Greensboro One Of Two Finalists To Host National Figure Skating Competition

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Greensboro is competing against Kansas City to host the national figure skating competition in 2011. The event will last about a week and will be broadcast nationally on NBC. The judges came to Greensboro today and were very impressed with the Coliseum and the city. The event would also bring national and international attention to Greensboro. Greensboro leaders have been marketing the city as "Tourney Town"

http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/01...g_championships

http://www.digtriad.com/news/features/arti...3&catid=216

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I hope Greensboro gets it! And its great to see leaders taking this "Tournament Town" idea to the 10th power. They want to bring ALL sports to Greensboro.

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I hope so too. This really is a big deal. For one, this event will be broadcast nationally on NBC for 6 days putting Greensboro in the national spotlight but it also strengthens Greensboro's reputation for being a major host city for sporting events. It could eventually lead to bigger and better things. From a financial point of view, the city would reap huge profits from the event as well. I think Greensboro will get it. There is a reason Greensboro beat out so many big cities, many of which have thousands of hotel rooms within walking distance of their arenas. Part of it has to do with how Greensboro treats these events. Its not just another event like in most big cities. But this event will attract over 1,500 atheletes and thousands of people from around the country. Im sure the downtown restaurants would be packed the whole week in the evenings. Downtown Greensboro, Inc would probably even set up a downtown block party and other events the way they did for the NCAA and the Wyndham Championship.

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Would be interesting to learn more about the selection process, 'cause we're really looking at different ends of the spectrum with the two finalists. Sprint Center is a state-of-the-art facility that anchors a new nine block $850 million entertainment district (one that allows open containers, no less... ain't no party like a figure skater party). While I have no doubt Greensboro would roll out the red carpet, it's surprising they're not comparing apples to apples.

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Would be interesting to learn more about the selection process, 'cause we're really looking at different ends of the spectrum with the two finalists. Sprint Center is a state-of-the-art facility that anchors a new nine block $850 million entertainment district (one that allows open containers, no less... ain't no party like a figure skater party). While I have no doubt Greensboro would roll out the red carpet, it's surprising they're not comparing apples to apples.

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That would be great for Greensboro. Hope the city can pull this one out of their hat!

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Greensboro has been selected to host the National Figure Skating Championships in 2011. The official announcement comes tomorrow. Congratulations!

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Great News! Hopefully this will help to bring more major sports and entertainment events to the Triad!

Here's the story from the N&R.

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Congratulations to Greensboro for landing this! It will indeed bring good exposure to our area to have this high profile event! :thumbsup:

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Cool, now let's pick up the pace on the HP Road/Lee St corridor improvements. Gotta tidy the house before everyone comes over...

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Here is the official website

http://www.northcarolina2011.com/

skating officals said it will be the first time the championships come to a venue with a competition site, practice rink and fan celebration area all on the same property.

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Does anyone think this may have a potential impact on what and how quickly the city does with the Canada Dry and Coliseum Inn sites purchased last year?

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The best use for the property if the ACC Hall of Fame is not built on it is for a hotel complex to be built there. Not sure if thats going to happen now that the city just purchased the property. But an adjacent hotel complex would help the coliseum secure even more big events and would attract more conventions and exhibitions to the coliseum. But since the city now owns it, the site could be used for more parking should the coliseum expand its exhibition building on the current parking lot. or maybe the location of some other kind of sports facilty. With the city owning the Canada Dry site, the colisuem complex will have a huge foot print.

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