Barcelona will become the world’s capital of ice figure skating by hosting the ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating form the 11th to the 14th of December at the CCIB in the Forum area. The six best skaters of the four disciplines, men, women, pair and dance, will attend the event. The Barcelona Council and the Spanish Federation of ice sports, two of the organisers, look forward to the participation of Javier Fernández the best Spanish skater of all times, European double champion who has shown great interests in participating in the Barcelona event.
In order to do so, Fernández and the other 140 sportsmen and sportswomen will have to obtain their ticket to Barcelona in two of the six stages of this ISU Grand Prix season: Chicago (Skate America), Kelowna (Skate Canada), Xangai (Lexus Cup), Moscow (Rostelecom Cup), Bordeus (Trophee Eric Bompard) or Osaka (NHK Trophy). Only the top six of each modality, after adding their two scores, will be invited to Barcelona.
During the launching, the Deputy Mayor of the Barcelona Council for Quality of Life, Equality and Sports, Maite Fandos stated her happiness about holding “an event that has never taken place in this city and that will make Barcelona the capital of an international sport. If we wish to hold a Winter Olympic Games edition we need to promote the city and ice sports”.
The competition that will be held at the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), “will be the culmination of the world circuit, the most important after the World Championship and the Olympic Games” the alderwoman said. Fandos has also admitted that “we know ISU officials were excited about the venue which will also define a before and after the Grand Prix Final. We will adjust the venue to allow a 5,500 audience which will mean that 32,000 followers of the sport will be able to enjoy the competition”.
The President of the Spanish Ice Sports Federation (FEDH), María Teresa Samaranch stated that this ISU Grand Prix Final “is the first main competition of the Olympic cycle that will peak in Pyongchang 2018 and it is, as well, the first time that a competition of this importance takes place in Spain.” Samaranch also declared that for the FEDH “it is very important to be able to take part in this event, together with the Barcelona Council, so that winter sports are more and more known and practiced. We are thrilled with this project.”
Spanish contenders such as Fernández will compete for his pass to the ISU Grand Prix Final Barcelona at the Skate Canada and at the Rostelecom Cup of Rússia while the pair of dance Sara Hurtado and Adrià Díaz will compete in Canada and at the Trofeu Bompard of Bordeaux.
Season tickets will be on sale from July the 10th in the event’s official web site www.gpf2014barcelona.com. Single day tickets will be on sale a few weeks before the event.