Winter is here, best time of year, come on along sing a Skating Song…(New deals and donations requested)

Winter is here, best time of year, come on along sing a Skating Song….First on the ice we go slipping and sliding and then we fall down and go merrily colliding, come on along sing a Skating Song…..

Today we see there are new deals on the table/ice for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, coming to the Greensboro Coliseum, Saturday January 22-Sunday January 30…..These look like some pretty good offerings/deals, much in line like the family four-pack, that has been used by the Coliseum for basketball games in previous years, and in particular for the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament….

Here is the new deal and is this a sign that ticket sales are lagging????? CLICK HERE to read all from today’s N&R and again the deal is on the slate below….

Get four tickets, T-shirts and four Krispy Kreme Arctic Avalanche Sundaes — that’s the latest deal from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships to drum up sales for three senior championship sessions.

A news release from the event organizers Wednesday said that fans can buy the package for $125 to any one of the following:

Championship Ladies Short Program, 7:15 p.m., Jan. 27
Championship Men Short Program, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 28
Championship Pairs Free Skate, Championship Free Dance, 10:45 a.m., Jan. 29

The rest of the story, may even be the BIGGER STORY……

According to a front pager on the cover of today’s News and Record, Guilford County is now being asked to provide $40,000 worth of EMS and other support services free to the skating championships….

This request is coming in to the Guilford County Commissoners less than two weeks, before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships are set to begin….Board of Commissoners Chairman, Skip Alston, said that the board will listen, but on such short notice, he doesn’t know what they will be able to do……

The meeting is set for tomorrow(Thursday) and the Skating Championships Director Hill Carrow said, that the request is basically just asking Guilford County to sponsor the championships……

Carrow said that he has been trying to get in front of the board of commissioners for a year and a-half, but now he has finally gotten a meeting/chance to stand before the board, less than two weeks prior to his event…..

The City of Greensboro is already on board with the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, with the city donating police and fire services for the event, which comes out roughly to the same amount that Carrow and his group are requestig from the County, $40,000 worth of services….

Skip Alston said that $40,000 is a lot of money in these tough economic times and that his board will need to think hard and look closely, before making a decision….Carrow and the Skating Championships group, feel that they have been delayed and put off by the County already for an extended period of time….

You know the old saying, about how “they keep putting me off and puttting me off” and then before you know it, it’s too late do anything……

Will the Guilford County Board of Commissoners step up and help out, or will the U.S. Figure Skating Championships be skating on thin ice, if an emergency breaks out during the event, at our Greensboro Coliseum?????

Should the county help out? Why not, the city stepped up and this is a joint event that benefits both our city and the county regions……Let’s unite with matching funds/funding……Hey, we’re going to be on National TV, why not go all out??? We’ll probably never see the likes of an event such as this again and if we do and in 2011 we do not have universal cooperation, next go-around, we may have to hold the event at the small rink downtown near the Central Library…..You know, the Joey Cheek Outdoor Arena…….