ABOUT THE EVENT

What is the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships?

The U.S. Figure Skating Championships is the nation’s most prestigious annual figure skating event. U.S. champions are crowned and medals are awarded in four disciplines – men’s and ladies singles, pairs and ice dance – in each of the senior, junior, novice, intermediate and juvenile divisions. 

How often does Boston host the U.S. Championships?

Boston has been a frequent host of the U.S. Championships over its 100-year history. The city last hosted the event in January 2001. 

Where will events be held?

All senior-level competitions and some junior-level competitions will be held at the TD Garden, home to the Boston Bruins and Celtics professional sports teams.  Other competitive events will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), a dynamic multifunction space in the lively Seaport District. Official practice sessions will be held at the TD Garden, BCEC and The Skating Club of Boston.

TICKETS

How can I purchase tickets to the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships?

All-event and single session tickets, including the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, are available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster Order-by-Phone at 800-745-3000, and in person, at the TD Garden box office.

All-event tickets offer the best value – with discounts of up to 45% in the lower bowl [and 65% in the upper bowl] from the cost of purchasing all tickets individually. An all-event ticket is also the only way to purchase a practice pass. Practice passes will not be sold outside the purchase of an all-event ticket.

Purchase tickets through ticketmaster.com.

There is also more information to be found under the Tickets section of this website.

What is an all-event ticket?

An all-event ticket package is a book of individual tickets, including separate tickets to all the senior events and junior free skate events. Junior short events and all novice, intermediate and juvenile events will be part of day pass admissions. An all-event ticket also includes a practice pass for admission to practice sessions at the TD Garden, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), and The Skating Club of Boston. Practice passes are not sold outside of an all-event ticket. (Please note that an all-event ticket does not include a ticket to the 2014 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, which is sold separately.) 

What are the competitive events in each discipline?

  • Pattern or Short Dance
  • Free Dance
  • Pairs Short Program
  • Pairs Free Skate
  • Men’s Short Program
  • Men’s Free Skate
  • Ladies Short Program
  • Ladies Free Skate

A full schedule of events will be published on the Schedule section of this website under the Event tab.

What is the 2014 Smucker's Skating Spectacular?

The 2014 Smucker’s Skating Spectacular – also known as the Exhibition of Champions – is a show held on Sunday at the conclusion of the competition featuring all the winners from the previous week’s competition. Skaters perform creative programs of their own choosing free from the scrutiny of the judges and with show lighting and costumes. This is a fun event for the whole family featuring all the newly crowned national champions and top medalists.

Does my all-event package practice pass allow me to watch rehearsals for the Smucker's Skating Spectacular?

Please note this recent change:  A practice pass will NOT allow entry to any Smucker’s Skating Spectacular rehearsals.  TD Garden will open Sunday morning, January 12, at 9:45am for spectators holding an all-event practice pass to view Championship Men’s Practice (warm-up) and at 11:50am for those with a ticket to the Men’s Free Skate event.  After the conclusion of competition and awards on Sunday afternoon, the TD Garden arena will be cleared.  Doors will then open one hour prior to the show for spectators holding tickets to the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular.

How do I guarantee getting the best seats for the competition?

The best seats were set aside and held for sale as an all-event ticket. When tickets for single sessions went on sale in the fall of 2013, seats were selected from the remaining inventory of the unsold all-event tickets. 

If I buy an all-event ticket now, can I return it for a refund later?

No. All ticket sales are final; there will be no refunds or exchanges.

Is there a group discount for tickets?

Group tickets of 10 or more seats for single sessions and the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular are available through the TD Garden group sales office at 617-624-1805. There are no group discounts for all-event tickets. 

Can I purchase a ticket to see only the practice sessions?

No. Practice passes will not be sold separately from an all-event ticket.

When will the final schedule of events be available?

The current schedule of events is posted under the Schedule tab within the Event tab. The schedule is subject to change, and you should check back to this official website for all updated information between now and the event.  You may also register to receive updates regarding all information, including the event schedule. 

When will tickets for the individual sessions of the competition and the 2014 Smucker's Skating Spectacular go on sale?

All single session tickets, including the Smucker’s Skating Spectacular, went on sale on Friday, September 27, at 11am (EDT) and are available for purchase at Ticketmaster.com, through Ticketmaster Order by Phone at 800-745-3000, and in person at the TD Garden box office.

Does my young child need a ticket?

If a child has reached their second birthday they require a ticket for admission.  Therefore, children under 2 are permitted without a ticket as long as it is understood they will sit on the lap of a parent/guardian. 

HOTELS

What are the official hotels for the Event, and how do I reserve a room?

The official hotels for the U.S. Championships include three in the Seaport District, one in Boston’s Downtown Financial District and two on the waterfront. The Renaissance Boston Waterfront, the Westin Boston Waterfront and the Seaport hotels are located in the Championship Village in the Seaport District. A special event rate starting at $159.00 has been guaranteed at each property. The Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall, the Marriott Long Wharf and the Boston Harbor Hotel are located in the heart of downtown Boston, a short walk to Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the Freedom Trail. A special event rate starting at $149.00 for standard rooms and $224.00 for King Suites has been guaranteed at the Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall and a special event rate starting at $179.00 has been guaranteed at the Marriott Long Wharf and the Boston Harbor Hotel. For more information and the links for reservations, please visit Hotels under the Visitors tab. 

How close are the official hotels to the TD Garden and to the BCEC?

The Renaissance Boston Waterfront, the Westin Boston Waterfront, and the Seaport Hotels are within approximately 2 miles of the TD Garden and two blocks of the BCEC. The Hilton Boston Downtown/Faneuil Hall, Marriott Long Wharf, and the Boston Harbor Hotels are approximately 1 mile from either the TD Garden or the BCEC.

TRANSPORTATION

Will there be private shuttle service between the Official Hotels in the Seaport District and the TD Garden?

As an additional service for interested spectators who stay in a hotel room booked within the Event’s official room block at an Official Event Hotel and are listed as a guest on such hotel room reservation, the local organizing committee will offer a private shuttle bus system between the official hotels, the Championship Village (the BCEC and Seaport District) and the TD Garden, for an additional fee. Complete information about shuttle service (including pricing, schedule and how to purchase a shuttle pass) may be found at boston2014.com/shuttle. To minimize the cost of a shuttle pass and overcrowding on the buses, the system will be limited to spectators who stay in a hotel room booked within the Event’s official room block at an Official Event Hotel and are listed as a guest on such hotel room reservation. Spectators will not be eligible to purchase a shuttle pass if your hotel reservation is not booked within the Event’s official room blocks at the official hotels, even if staying at one of the six official hotels. To ensure that your hotel room is booked within the Event’s official room blocks at an Official Event Hotel, please reserve your hotel room through the reservation links on the hotel page of this website. Please call the hotel reservation department directly to add the names of any guests staying in your room that will be purchasing a bus pass. 

Where can I park

Discount parking is available for event attendees. Click here for more information.

Are there any public transportation options?

Boston has a robust public transportation system that includes buses, subways and water taxis. Further information may be found on the MBTA website. Note that TD Garden is located at the North Station stop.

What are the MBTA stops for the TD Garden and the BCEC?

TD Garden sits atop North Station where the Green and Orange metro lines and the commuter rail (or ‘Purple Line) for points north of Boston meet. The BCEC is accessible from the World Trade Center Station on the Silver Line (SL1).

How do I get from Logan International Airport to the Seaport District?

Silver Line Bus: The MBTA Silver Line (SL1) bus provides service from Logan International Airport terminals to the Seaport District every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends. Exit the SL1 bus at the World Trade Center Station.

Taxi: Taxis are abundant at Logan International Airport and the trip to the Seaport District should take only 10 minutes. Prepare to pay $20 to $25, including tolls for the harbor tunnel.

Is the public transportation in Boston ADA accessible?

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is dedicated to providing excellent service to customers of all abilities. Every bus on the Silver Line service from Logan Airport to the Seaport World Trade Center at the heart of the Championship Village is accessible. Elevators are available at both the World Trade Center Station near the BCEC and North Station at the TD Garden.

ARENA POLICIES

Will food and drink be allowed inside the arenas?

Guests may not bring food and/or beverages into the TD Garden at any time and must dispose of unauthorized items prior to entering. Guests with special dietary needs (due to medical conditions or religious requirements) should contact the TD Garden at 617-624-1331. The same policies will be in effect at the BCEC. 

Can I smoke in the arenas?

Smoking is strictly prohibited at the TD Garden and at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC).

What is the camera policy?

No Video Recording of any type is allowed during any portion of the competition.

Personal photography is allowed from the designated spectator seating area so as to not interfere with nor disrupt (i) any portion of the event; (ii) event participants and their performance; (iii) the intended use of public areas; and/or (iv) the viewing ability of others. All photos taken during the event must be for personal use only.

Unauthorized commercial use, sale, or third party distribution of photos and videos from the event is strictly prohibited without prior written consent from U.S. Figure Skating. Violators are subject to immediate removal from the event and potentially held liable for any damage, or perceived damage, associated with the violation.

Prohibited Equipment: No Monopods, No Tripods, No Telephoto Lens greater than 6 inches or 200 mm.

For the safety of the athletes, No Camera Flash is allowed during the event 

Note:  The U.S. Figure Skating camera and video policy overrides the standard TD Garden No Camera policy printed on the ticket.  All other TD Garden policies will apply, including Security/Bags as well as Food and Beverage.  The same policies will be in effect at the BCEC and The Skating Club of Boston.

Camera and Video Policy (PDF)

May I bring bags into the arena?

Due to increased security measures bags, backpacks, luggage, laptops, coolers, parcels, or briefcases are NOT permitted at any 2014 U.S. Championships arena. Personal items such as women’s handbags of normal size may be allowed entry after search.  For complete details of Security Policies at TD Garden, visit the TD Garden web site or contact customerservice@tdgarden.com or 617-624-1331 with specific concerns. The same policies will be in effect at the BCEC.

May I bring gifts for the skaters?

Spectators may be permitted to bring in small gifts to throw for the skaters as long as they are acceptable to TD Garden and BCEC security staff. Large plush toys and stuffed animals that would not easily fit in a small bag or purse are a nuisance to other spectators and are not permitted. Fresh flowers are also not permitted as there is no way to control for proper wrapping, no use of staples, etc.

The preceding are general guidelines only; the suitability of any gifts will be ultimately determined by venue security (TD Garden or BCEC, as applicable) in its sole discretion. Accordingly, spectators bringing gifts bear the risk that those gifts may be rejected by security. In addition, all gifts will need to pass through metal detectors or otherwise undergo inspection, so if you are bringing gifts please allow for extra time upon entry.

WHAT TO DO

Are there places to eat near the competition venues?

The TD Garden is located in Boston’s historic North End, a neighborhood famed for its Italian food. Spectators will find a wide range of dining options, from quick and inexpensive pizza, coffee and pastries, to more elaborate dinners. In addition, the TD Garden is a short walk from other Boston neighborhoods and attractions, such as Faneuil Hall / Quincy Market, which features an enormous food court, and the Wharf area, which hosts a variety of restaurants covering many different cuisines.

The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center is located in the Seaport District, Boston’s latest hot spot for dining. In addition, South Station, located right across the Fort Point Channel and only two stops away on the MBTA’s Silver Line, has a large food court.

As we lead up to the event, we will be highlighting various Boston neighborhoods and things to see and do in the Featured Neighborhood and Things to See & Do sections of our web site, so check back with us regularly for updates and more information about Boston. 

Are there interesting things to do near the competition venues?

With its rich history and cultural resources, Boston is a popular destination for tourists from all over the globe. As we lead up to the event, we will be highlighting various Boston neighborhoods and things to see and do in Boston in the Featured Neighborhood and Things to See & Do sections of our web site, so check back with us regularly for updates and more information about Boston.

VOLUNTEERS

How can I become involved and volunteer for the event?

UPDATE — We have been thrilled with the overwhelming response for volunteers.  Positions have been assigned and we are no longer accepting applications to volunteer. 

SWEEPERS

How can I or my child become a sweeper at the event?

UPDATE – Sweeper Team applications are no longer being accepted and the team has been notified. If you have any questions, email sweepers@boston2014.com.

Sharing the ice with the nation’s most accomplished skaters is a dream that can now become a reality! The local organizing committee for the 2014 Championships has begun the search for sweepers. Sweepers take the ice to clear flowers and gifts from adoring fans and play a key role in assuring that each and every competitor has a clear, clean, and safe ice surface. Due to the overwhelming demand for this exciting, once in a lifetime experience, sweepers must be members of The Skating Club of Boston or currently enrolled in The Skating Club of Boston Skating Academy. 

OTHER QUESTIONS

Who can I contact if I have a question that is not answered in this FAQ?

Please direct all inquiries to info@boston2014.com.