Alumni Package Information: ISU World Figure Skating Championships ® 2020

EXCITING NEWS!

You may have heard that the tickets for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships ® 2020  will go on sale to the public on May 31, 2019.

Before you rush to the ticket line, here is an important piece of information.

Please stay tuned for further details on May 31, 2019 (through this Alumni blog) about how you can purchase an Alumni Event Package for the ISU World Figure Skating Championships ® 2020 which will take place next year from March 16-22, 2020 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Items being considered for the Alumni* Event Package include (limited quantities and subject to change until confirmed on May 31):

  • Event Tickets
  • Alumni Seat Section
  • VIP Lounge hosted by Skate Canada
  • Alumni Social hosted by Skate Canada
  • Alumni Brunch
  • Event Pin & Program

* Alumni:

  • Senior Athletes & Coaches (Olympic and ISU Championships Teams, National Medallists, National Team, Synchronized Team Medallists)
  •  World & Canadian Junior Champion (s)
  •  Hall of Fame Members
  •  Past Presidents
  •  Officials (Challenge, Divisionals level and higher)

HOTEL

If you plan to attend the ISU World Figure Skating Championships ® 2020, we would encourage you to book your hotel now directly at the following LINK or you can look at other options on your own.

Please help spread the word amongst your Alumni peers!  And I look forward to sharing more news and details on how to purchase your Alumni Event Package on May 31st!

If you require further information please do not hesitate to email Celina Stipanic at cstipanic@skatecanada.ca

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Marie McNeil (Bowness). Credit: Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame

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Rob McCall and Marie McNeil (Bowness)

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Written by Susan Heffernan

“Out there things can happen and frequently do

To people as brainy

And silly as you.

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I had no clue what I was looking at.

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