The Doctor wrote:
Whilst not wanting to have a downer on other "ice sports" the National Ice Skating Association based out of Nottingham doesn't see its self connected to Hockey at all - only figure skating and the short track version of speed skating.
Figure skating is far away from anything Hockey that they cannot be classed as even connected.
That is not the point at all. Lets go back and review the conversation.Crooked Spire
Crooked Spire wrote:
Also it is the NATIONAL Ice Centre, seems appropriate that it should host the biggest weekend of the year.
to which rnewbolt1
NATIONAL in name only 'crooked spire':)
to which I replied, based on the facts I state,
Nope. Its actually funded as the National Ice Centre by both BOA and National Lottery grants.
to which you interject,
The Doctor wrote:
What's this nonsense about NATIONAL ice centre. A name means nothing.
Sponsored by the BOA? - Britain isn't even in the Olympics for Hockey.
The fact GB doesn't play ice hockey in the Winter Olympics has absolutely no bearing on the funding bestowed by the British Olympic Association to assist in the funding of the National Ice Centre and never has. The funding was provided solely off the back of figure and speed skaters. Whether the National Ice Skating Association sees itself 'connected' to hockey at all or not is a moot point too.
Funding was provided by the BOA (and National Lottery) for the establishment of a National Ice Centre in Nottingham (home of Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean, two of the UK's most successful ice sports participants). This money was provided on the proviso that at least one pad be dedicated to the furtherment of 'ice sports' at all times (the 'Olympic Pad') and that the facility be named the National Ice Centre.
Google searching for 'Curling Nottingham', the fact you find small rink speed skating exciting, your dislike for figure skating etc etc matter little. Funding WAS
provided for the establishment of a National Ice Centre in Nottingham and that is why it is so called. Its not just a name, it is the funded National Ice Centre.
As for other venues being great, I agree. If the £4m being spent on the Motorpoint Arena includes new seats that are suitable for non-Hobbits alongside the replacement of the god awful plexi then it will be a good venue too and one that I'd be happy to see the PO weekend move to. A steeper pitch of seating, putting fans closer to the ice and improving the acoustics, would make it a fantastic venue but unfortunately I don't believe this is an option.
Believe it or not many of us Nottingham fans enjoy our away trips, indeed for many of us we prefer being on the road because the knitters and crossword puzzle doodlers who sit among us and whinge if anyone makes too much noise don't seem to travel and hence the vibe among us as a group is better.