Ticket prices and full details for the 2015 playoff finals weekend at the National Ice Centre, Nottingham have now been confirmed.
It’s the 12th year of the prestigious end-of-season event and this year it takes place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April 2015.
Thousands of ice hockey fans from all over the UK descend on the National Ice Centre for two breathtaking days of action. The two playoff semi-finals take place on the Saturday, with the third v fourth-placed match and playoff final being held on the Sunday.
Tickets have been held at the same prices from the previous two years.
The pre-sale for Nottingham Panthers season-ticket holders (blocks 11,12,13 & 14) and Sheffield Steelers season-ticket holders (blocks 5, 6 & 7) will get under way at 9am on Wednesday 28 January 2015.
This will only be available in person or via phone on 0843 373 3000, but will not be available online as Box Office need to check season ticket numbers.
During this period, each season-ticket holder will be able to purchase one ticket for each day of playoff finals weekend.
Tickets will then go on sale to all supporters from 9am on Wednesday 4 February 2015.
Tickets can be booked via 0843 373 3000, online at http://www.capitalfmarenatickets.co.uk/playoffs2015/ and in person at Ticketing & Customer Services, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
Early bird – up until and including 3rd March 2015
Weekend: Adult £74 – Concession/student £54 – Family [2+2] £224
Saturday or Sunday only: Adult £40 – Concession/student £32
Standard prices from 4th March 2015
Weekend: Adult £85 – Concession/student £60 – Family [2+2] £250
Saturday or Sunday only: Adult £47 – Concession/students £38
Please note there will be no administration fees. Concessions are over 60s, students, under 16s, disabled customers and companions for disabled customers. A charge of £1.95 will be made to anyone booking by phone to have their tickets posted out. Customers will not be able to opt to collect tickets from the venue and can have them posted or emailed.
Athletes from the Great British Short Track speed skating squad have been preparing for the 2015 European Championships which are taking place at Dordrecht, Holland from 23rd to the 25th January.
Competing individually over the weekend will be Britain’s best senior female speed skaters, Elise Christie and Charlotte Gilmartin alongside two of the squad’s top senior male skaters, Jack Whelbourne, and Paul Stanley.
The successful Men’s Relay team will also be competing this weekend and the team includes Jack Whelbourne, Paul Stanley, Jon Eley, Richard Shoebridge and Billy Simms.
The ISU European Short Track Championships is an annual event which is a warm up event ahead of the ISU World Short track Championships taking place in Moscow from 13th to the 15th of March.
Stuart Horsepool, Performance Director of the GB Short Track squad, said: “The European Short Track Championships is a really important event. Over the years the standard of skaters competing has grown hugely, and each year it gets more and more challenging for the team. The skaters have been training hard over the past couple of weeks and it will be good to get them out competing at a championships level again. What I want to see from the skaters is them practicing their racing craft in a competitive environment so that when it comes to the World Championships they are ready to go hard and hopefully reach the podium.”
Usually the three day competition format consists of the three distances (1500m, 1000m, 500m) being separated by day, however this year the races have been mixed up so the qualifying races take place on the Friday, and the 1500 and 500 quarter
finals, semi finals, and finals take place on the Saturday. On the Sunday the 1000m final races (quarters, semis and finals) will take place along with the 5000m relay final and the 3000m super final.
Stuart commented on the change: “The new format this year which will be quite challenging for the skaters because they will have to race quite tactically to reserve energy, however with the World Championships being in the same format, we can learn from this weekend so that the skaters will be in top form for the competition in March.”
Last year Elise Christie left the European Championships as the reigning 1000m ladies European Champion and she is hoping to hold on to that title. Christie commented: “I’m looking forward to getting back out there competing at a championship level again this weekend. Over the past few months my training has been focussed on tactics, strategy and racing lines which has been quite challenging for me as I usually focus on my strength and speed. This competition will be about putting those skills to the test whilst I compete against some very talented athletes and prepare for the World Championships.”
To keep up with the action over the weekend please go to: http://shorttrack.sportresult.com/
The dates for the massive Challenge Cup semi-final between the sport’s biggest rivals, Nottingham and Sheffield have been released:
Challenge cup semi-final first leg, Sheffield v Nottingham will be on Thurs Feb 19th.
Challenge cup semi-final second leg, Nottingham versus Sheffield will be on Tuesday February 24th.
For the cup semi-final home leg on February 24th, normal ticket prices will apply and although the game is not included on the season ticket, holders can take advantage of a one pound discount if they buy between February 2nd when tickets go on sale and close of business on February 14th (Sheffield league game) during which time their specific locations will be held off general sale.
The semi-final cup clashes threw up some particularly difficult challenges on the fixture front with various suggested solutions causing a variety of problems for both the teams involved and others on the fringes of what would have been necessary knock-on alterations to the fixture list. Nottingham and Sheffield needed to work with Hull and Dundee because of these changes which include:
League game, Nottingham versus Hull moving FROM February 18th TO Wed March 4th.
Yesturday was the spectacular conclusion of the British Synchronised Skating Championships, hosted by Nottingham’s National Ice Centre for the very first time. Skating teams from all over the UK competed with an aim to claim British National Championship titles.
Teams from the Nottingham Synchronised Skating Academy (NSSA) scooped a grand total of six medals including five Golds and one Silver.
Tina Byrom, a coach from the NSSA said: “I’m extremely proud of how our skaters performed this weekend. The fact that they did so well in front of their home crowd meant a lot to the teams and they really enjoyed competing. I’m especially delighted that our brand new team, Icetastics who came away with a Gold medal from a Championship level competition.”
In the Elementary programme, Nottingham’s youngest team, Icepops claimed the Gold medal and the National title. In second place was team Snowstorm from Basingstoke and in third were team Supernova of Lee Valley. The Icepops also won an award for the most entertaining performance.
The Nottingham teams are part of the Nottingham Synchronised Skating Club which is one of the biggest centres for Synchronised Skating in the UK.
In the Preliminary programme, Nottingham’s Icetastic skated their way to a Gold medal and the National Title. Coming in second place was team Pheonix from Lee Valley and in finishing in third was team Absolutely Magic from Slough.
In the Basic Novice A category, the Northern Lights from Inverness completed the competition with a score of 23.56.
Basic Novice B team Soloway Eclipse from Dumfries, claimed the Gold medal and the National Title after scoring 30.99 in their free programme. Coming in second place was team Fusion from Bracknell.
In the Advanced Novice programme, Nottingham team Shadows finished in first place with a score of 41.87 which landed them the National title and a Gold medal.
Junior B team Soloway stars from Dumfries claimed the Gold with a top score of 72.62. In second place was team Destiny with a score of 59.18.
Junior team Icicles from Nottingham finished the competition with a National title and a Gold medal with a score of 109.38.
In the Senior programme, Team Spirit from Wales and West, skated their way to the top of the podium closely followed by Zariba from Aberdeen. In Bronze position were Inverness based team, Moray Dolphins.
Alistair Wilson, Technical Director at the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) said: “All of the teams that competed this weekend did extremely well. It’s a really exciting time for the sport as it is beginning to grow very rapidly. The UK teams have started competing internationally and this is just the beginning.”
The 2015 British Synchronised skating championships showcased over 40 teams from the UK. In each team there are between 12 and 16 skaters, all of which have to skate to music whilst completing mandatory patterns and sequences.
For results from the weekend please go to: www.icephoto.co.uk/BRSYN2015/index.htm