If you’ve never been to a large international competition before, go! You’ll be so glad you did. I purchased All-Event tickets, which allows entry into all the events, but also the practice ice. I love attending the practice ice, to see the practice ice fashion and latest trends within the different disciplines. I love the spectators attending practice ice, they are friendly, enjoy discussing skating, and are very knowledgeable. Each time I go to an international competition, I always make new friends. Also, many of the international skaters watch their teammates. If you scan the crowd, you might just spot a future world champion watching teammates practice. My skater girl has snagged a few wonderful photos this way. Walking the lobbies or between hotels and venue, you’ll often pass a big-name coach or skater. As an all-event ticket holder, my seats and neighbors remained the same throughout all the events. We bonded, and it is fun getting to know everyone, and sharing our thoughts about the programs. I love to hear their thoughts about the outfits! The one downside of attending live? I don't get to listen to Johnny and Tara live in the moment.
I love the community created by figure skating!