Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre | Vancouver, BC
December 6-9,  2018

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“The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® is the concluding event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit. The series hosts six stops: United States (Skate America), Canada (Skate Canada International), Russia (Rostelecom Cup), France (Internationaux de France), China (Cup of China), and Japan (NHK Trophy). Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their assigned events and the top six in each of the four disciplines advance to the final.

The event will also include the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2018/19. The world’s top junior skaters also collect points to qualify, through seven events which change location yearly. The top six in men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance, based on the results of the Junior Grand Prix series, advance to the Junior Final.

In total, there will be 48 entries and 72 skaters taking part in the competition in both senior and junior.

This will be the city’s first time hosting this event. Vancouver has hosted the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships six times. They have also hosted several international figure skating events: the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2009, ISU World Figure Skating Championships 1960 & 2001 and the 1978 Skate Canada International.

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® began in 1995 and the first three editions of the competition were titled the Champions Series Final. During the 1998-99 season the name changed to the current title.”

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Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

DIRECTIONS
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is nestled between two major roads coming onto campus (University Boulevard and 16th Ave) making it easily accessible from all points of the compass. The arena is located on the corner of Thunderbird Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall inside the UBC Campus.

From the North
(Coming into the UBC campus via West 4th)
West 4th turns into Chancellor Boulevard
Turn left (south) onto Wesbrook Mall from Chancellor Boulevard
Pass the first traffic light (intersection of University Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall)
Pass the UBC Hospital on your right
Second Traffic light is Thunderbird Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall where the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is located.

(Coming into the UBC campus via West 10th)
West 10th turns into University Boulevard
Turn left (South) onto Wesbrook Mall from University Boulevard
Pass the UBC Hospital on your right
First traffic light is Thunderbird Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall where the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is located.

(Coming into UBC campus via West 16th)
Make right (North) on Wesbrook Mall (roundabout is Wesbrook Mall)
First traffic light is intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall where the arena is located on your left.

From the South
(Coming to campus via West 41st, 49th or Southwest Marine Drive)
Both 41st and 49th Ave will join South West Marine Drive
Continue straight down Southwest Marine Drive
Turn right (East) on 16the Ave
Pass the first traffic light and make a left on Wesbrook Mall at the roundabout
First traffic light is intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and Wesbrook Mall where the arena is located on your left.

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ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® 2018/19
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

EVENT:

What is the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® 2018/19?
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® is the concluding event of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit. The series hosts six stops: United States (Skate America), Canada (Skate Canada International), Russia (Rostelecom Cup), France (Internationaux de France), China (Cup of China), and Japan (NHK Trophy). Skaters are awarded points based on their placements at their assigned events and the top six in each of the four disciplines advance to the final.

The event will also include the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® 2018/19. The world’s top junior skaters also collect points to qualify, through seven events which change location yearly. The top six in men’s, ladies, pair and ice dance, based on the results of the Junior Grand Prix series, advance to the Junior Final.

In total, there will be 48 entries and 72 skaters taking part in the competition in both senior and junior.

This will be the city’s first time hosting this event. Vancouver has hosted the Canadian Tire National Skating Championships six times. They have also hosted several international figure skating events: the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2009, ISU World Figure Skating Championships 1960 & 2001 and the 1978 Skate Canada International.

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® began in 1995 and the first three editions of the competition were titled the Champions Series Final. During the 1998-99 season the name changed to the current title.

Where is ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® 2018/19 being held?
All competition events and practices for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® 2018/19 will be held at the University of British Columbia’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.

What time are the events and when do the doors open?
The event schedule will be available in the summer of 2018.  At this time official practices are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 with competition beginning Thursday, December 6 ending on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  The Exhibition Gala will be held on Sunday, December 9th, 2018. Competition start times are subject to change up to and including the week of the event. The doors open each day 30 minutes prior to the beginning of the first practice.

The most up-to-date schedule is always posted on the Skate Canada website at www.skatecanada.ca.  It is recommended that fans visit our website regularly to keep track of any schedule changes.  Tickets are non-refundable, regardless of any schedule changes.

I am travelling from out of town. How should I book my travel and hotel room when I don’t know the start and end times of the competition?
It is always recommended fans book travel based on the event dates as the full schedule will not be finalized until much closer to the event.

Which athletes will be competing at this event?
The competitors are who qualify are determined by the accumulative points received through the first six events of the series. Competitors are subject to change up to and including the week of the event. Please note tickets will not be refunded due to athlete qualification and/or withdrawals.

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TICKET INFO:

How do I purchase tickets for the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final® 2018/19?
All-event ticket packages are now on sale. All-event ticket packages will include all competitions in junior and senior and the exhibition gala, as well as all official practices. Fans will be able to choose from four levels of all-event ticket packages that are priced at $175, $225, $275 and $375 which includes a Super Fan Bag voucher, plus applicable surcharges. All ticket sales are final.

Tickets can be purchased the following ways:

If a family member is a Skate Canada member or a Skate Canada volunteer, how do I order my tickets?
Order tickets through the same channels as the general public. Members are encouraged to watch for e-mails with information about special offers exclusive to Skate Canada members, including advance sales on all-event ticket packages.

What is included in the all-event ticket package?
The all-event ticket package gives access to the entire event including admission to all competition events, official practices (except Gala practice that is closed to the public) and the Exhibition Gala on Sunday. If planning on attending multiple event sessions, an all-event ticket package is the most economical way to purchase.

How do I obtain entry to the practice sessions?
The following tickets are required to attend practices:

  • Wednesday Practices – Wednesday Practice Event Ticket
  • Thursday Practices – Thursday Event Ticket
  • Friday Morning Practices – Friday Event Ticket
  • Saturday Morning Practices – Saturday Event Ticket
  • Sunday Gala Practices – Closed to the public

All-event ticket package holders will have access to all official practices with either their practice day ticket or their daily ticket (except Gala practice that is closed to the public).

Are there any discounts for groups?
There are no discounts for large orders on all-event ticket packages.  For Groups of 30 or more, please email larai@skatecanada.ca for preferred seating, subject to availability.

Do I receive the same seats for each event?
If you purchase an all-event ticket, your seats will remain the same for all events. If purchasing single event session tickets, you may or may not get the same seat based on availability.

When will I know where my seats are located?
You will be advised of your seat location when you purchase your ticket.

What procedure is used to allocate tickets?  
Ticket allocation is based on best available seating at the time of purchase.

Why are my seats flagged as being partially obstructed?
Due to the construction of the two-tiered judges’ stand, commentator platforms, kiss and cry and the installation of television cameras, some seats may become partially obstructed in these areas. Skate Canada attempts to predict which seats may or may not be obstructed before tickets go on sale however it is uncertain which seats will be obstructed until on-site construction is complete at the event and checks on the view have been completed.

How can I get better seats next time?
Those who buy tickets on the day they go on sale have the best opportunity to get the best seats.

Do children require a ticket?
Children under two years of age do not require a ticket if they do not require a seat.  If they require a seat, a ticket must be purchased at full price.

Where is the kiss and cry located?
The kiss and cry will be constructed between sections 101 and 118.

Where is the judges’ stand located?
The judges’ stand will be constructed in front sections 114, 115 and 116.

When will I receive my tickets in the mail?
All tickets are print at home, please bring a copy of your ticket or have a copy saved on your cellular device.

 Are tickets transferable or refundable? 
Tickets are not refundable and there will be no exceptions to this policy.  The event schedule and the athletes competing are always subject to change.  The all-event ticket package can be broken down by session and shared however no individual event session ticket can be used by more than one person per session.

What do I do if my tickets are lost or stolen?
If you have misplaced or have had your tickets stolen, contact the box office right away to have the original tickets cancelled and replacement tickets set up for you.  Ticketmaster can be reached at 1-855-985-5000.

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GENERAL INFORMATION:

Can I bring my camera and take pictures during the event?
At Skate Canada events, spectators are permitted to use small point and shoot cameras for personal use only.  The following guidelines will be enforced:

  • No flash photography
  • No camera bags in venue
  • No use of professional cameras and/or detachable lenses
  • Camera cannot interfere with other fans’ enjoyment
  • Any resale of photography or posting photos on professional websites is strictly prohibited
  • Absolutely no video recording is allowed.  Only accredited coaches and team managers may be permitted to videotape their own skater/team from rinkside during that skater’s/team’s practice or performance.  If athletes wish to obtain a video of their programs, they may purchase a copy from the licensed video distributor on site if applicable.

Spectators not abiding by these restrictions risk having their camera confiscated by venue security staff. Additionally, Skate Canada staff reserves the right to restrict use of other types of cameras should they feel the quality and/or type of camera fail to protect the athletes’ and/or event’s interests.

Why does Skate Canada have a camera policy?
This policy is in place at events to protect the safety and privacy of athletes and to ensure a distraction free environment for all spectators. This camera policy falls in line with venue and other sport organization policies.

If I have a gift for an athlete how do I get it to them?
Gifts for athletes should be taken to the venue’s Guest Services. If the venue does not have a Guest Services then please leave your gift at the ticketing table or booth. Gifts that are not flowers or plush toys/stuffed animals should not be thrown on the ice.

Can I bring my own food and beverages to the event?
Outside food and beverage are NOT permitted in the arena. Refillable water bottles are permitted. Concession stands will be open throughout the event.

What type of food and beverage options are available at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre?
Concession stands are located throughout the arena and include a variety of healthy meals and concession classics.

Depending on the event and time of day, fans can look forward to a selection of fresh breakfast wraps, gourmet sandwiches, artisan salads, sushi, burgers, hotdogs, chicken strips, jumbo pretzels, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches and more. Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee, draft beer, cider and wine are also available.

Can I bring flags, banners or noisemakers to the event?
Handheld flags and fan signs are permitted in the arena however must not obstruct the view of or distract other patrons in the stands. Larger fan banners that are intended to be hung in the arena must be hung at either end of the arena with non-damaging tape, rope or zip-ties. Skate Canada is not responsible for lost or damaged banners.  Banners may be moved within the arena by venue staff at their discretion.

Airhorns and noisemakers requiring batteries or compressed air are not permitted in the arena. Small handheld noisemakers may only be used following a skater’s program or during ice resurfacing.

Flags, signs/banners and noisemakers must be stowed away when asked by venue or Skate Canada staff if they become disruptive to fellow patrons.

Are there in and out privileges during each day of the event?
Yes, and it is important to keep your ticket with you to allow re-entry to the building.  Be sure to check with door staff when leaving in case you require a hand stamp, special pass or to be scanned out.

Is smoking allowed in the building?
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre is a smoke-free building.  Smoking is only permitted in exterior designated areas.

Are there hotels and restaurants located close to the rink? 
To find a list of hotels and restaurants in Vancouver, please visit www.tourismvancouver.com

Does Skate Canada supply transportation to and from the arena?
Skate Canada does not offer transportation for spectators. For information on public transportation, visit the City of Vancouver.

Is parking available at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre?
There is a parkade directly across the street from the venue (Thunderbird Parkade). There is another parkade a few minutes walking distance north of the venue (Health Science Parkade). There is street meter parking available around the venue as well.  Here is a link to the UBC Parking website for further details. https://parking.ubc.ca/

How can I volunteer for this event?
Click here for information on how to volunteer for this event!

Will this event be broadcast or streamed? 
The event will be broadcasted on CBC within Canada and the ISU will be streaming the Junior competition through their website. Check your local listings for broadcast information in your area.

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Where can I send a question if it does not appear on this list?
If you have any questions which are not answered here, please forward them to info@skatecanada.ca

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