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Need to know: Tickets, schedule, skaters, etiquette

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How to get tickets

Tickets can be purchased for individual sessions (such as Championship Ladies Free Skate or Pairs Short Program) for all of the sessions in the final weekend of competition (“Championship Weekend”)or for the full event. Skaters in each of the four disciplines (ladies, men, pairs and dance) will skate twice, in short and free programs. The event closes with an exhibition performance by medalists in all the events.

In person: CenturyLink box office

By phone: 800-745-3000

The Schedule

Today to Jan. 27. The first part of the week features competition at the novice and junior levels. Senior-level (“Championship”) competition begins Jan. 24.

Senior-level schedule

Thursday

4 p.m. Championship Pairs Short Program

7 p.m. Championship Ladies Short Program

Friday

2 p.m. Championship Short Dance

7:30 p.m. Championship Men's Short Program

Saturday

10 a.m. Championship Pairs Free Skate and Free Dance

1:35 p.m. Championship Pairs Free Skate and Free Dance

5:45 p.m. Championship Ladies Free Skate

Jan. 27

12:45 p.m. Championship Men's Free Skate

7:30 p.m. Smucker's Skating Spectacular

TV coverage

NBC will provide live coverage of competition at the CenturyLink Center during the final weekend of the event. The Smucker's Skating Spectacular, which will be held Jan. 27, will be televised the following weekend.

Competition

Saturday: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (pairs and dance finals) and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ladies final)

Jan. 27: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (men's final)

Skating Spectacular

Feb. 2: noon to 2 p.m.


Reporter Erin Golden, left, and photojournalist Rebecca S. Gratz will lead our coverage team this week. Erin and Rebecca have been tracking U.S. skating developments since attending the 2012 championships in San Jose, Calif.

Go to Omaha.com/skating for full coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, including athlete profiles and ticket information.


Fan fest

In addition to watching their favorites skate for gold, fans who stop by the CenturyLink Center between Wednesday and Jan. 27 can check out a fan activity area organizers say is the largest ever at a U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

All activities are free, including the chance to see the top skaters warming up on the practice rink usually something that comes with a fee at major competitions.

A separate, smaller rink will have technical demonstrations and skating fashion shows organized by members of skating clubs in Omaha and Lincoln.

Other highlights:

» An autograph stage where skaters current competitors and skating legends will meet with fans.

» An interactive game area where fans can use iPads to play skating games, which will be projected on a screen.

» A sign creation area where people can create their own motivational messages to take into the arena for competition sessions.

» A photo area where people can take their turn pretending to be medal-winning skaters on the podium.

Who's coming?

AUTOGRAPHS? Several former skating stars plan to travel to Omaha to cheer on the latest crop of big skating talent. Some will sign autographs in the Fanfest area at the CenturyLink Center. Here's a look at who will be in attendance:

*Donald Adair

*Scott Allen

*Lisa Marie Allen

*John Baldwin

*Susan Berens

*Judy Blumberg

*Brian Boitano

*Brent Bommentre

*Pilar Bosley

*Ryan Bradley

*Sasha Cohen

*John Coughlin

*Richard Dwyer

*Amanda Evora

*Oleg Fediukov

*Charles Fetter

*Rudy Galindo

*Darlene Gilbert

*Danielle Hartsell Minnis

*Mary Karen Henderson

*Rena Inoue

*Ryan Jahnke

*Caryn Kadavy

*Tonia Kwiatkowski

*Carol Ladwig

*Linda Leaver

*Tara Lipinski

*Juli McKinstry-Hosking

*Suna Murray

*Kimberly Navarro

*Angela Nikodinov

*Barbara Roles Williams

*Tiffany Scott

*Jennie Walsh Duncan

*Lindsey Weber

*Michael Weiss

*Doug Williams

*Kristi Yamaguchi

*Elaine Zayak

Etiquette tips

Award-winning skating choreographer Lori Nichol offers etiquette suggestions for fans:

*Get settled in your seat well before a skater takes the ice. Once the music starts, fans aren't allowed to walk up and down the stairs inside the arena.

*Be respectful in the moments before the music starts. “Some skaters ignore the audience completely because they need to focus,” Nichol said. “This is their moment, and they really do need to try and stay focused, try to breathe, get comfortable.”

*Applaud and cheer for impressive moves, but don't go too crazy. Skating fans like to hear the music and focus on the skater without too much distraction. “Cowbells definitely wouldn't be appropriate,” Nichol joked.

*Show appreciation for your favorites by tossing stuffed animals after a program ends. Flowers, with their leaves and stems, which are no longer allowed.

*If you encounter skaters, be supportive, especially if they've had a rocky skate. “I've seen fans go up and say, 'It's going to be better next time, we believe in you,' and that can mean a lot,” Nichol said. But if you know a skater is about to compete, give him or her some space.


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