SPOKANE, Wash. – The international skating competition, Team Challenge Cup, starts this Friday at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
“There are so many things that you go, ‘okay is this going to work?’ Is that going to work? Are people going to buy tickets? And then you get to the point where it's like, ‘oh yeah, this is going to be good and you're really excited and we're to that point now,” event organizer Barb Beddor said.
The event features 42 of the world’s best skaters to compete for their continent. The event pits Team North America versus Team Europe and Team Asia.
The goal for this inaugural event was to sell out at least half the 10,000 seats in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and that happened in December.
Three quarters of the seats have been sold for the events on Saturday and Sunday. Organizers said half the tickets have been sold on Friday and which has them puzzled because of the short program.
“They get after it, Beddover said. “They only have 2.5 minutes to prove themselves and that's not a lot of time. So we love that event and the opening ceremonies, the pomp and the circumstance and getting everything going.”
But the goals that have been met, it is now time for organizers and fans to enjoy the skating.