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We did it! Spokane beats figure skating ticket sales record

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane broke the ticket sales record to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, organizers announced on Wednesday.

The event has attracted 146,311 ticket buyers, more buyers than at any other championship in any other city in America.  The figure does not include walk-up ticket sales, which will push the number even higher by the time the event ends on Sunday night.ng at 12:30 p.m.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Tickets for two marquee events at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships that were sold out have now been released to the public.

Organizers of the event said Wednesday morning that tickets were once again available for the Championship Ladies Final on Saturday, and for the Exhibition of Champions on Sunday afternoon.

After years of planning, months of preparation and days of anticipation, it's finally here.  The U.S. Figure Skating Championships have arrived in Spokane, bringing with it thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Sunday was the first official day of practice competition for the skaters.  Events took place at both the convention center and Spokane Arena.

Businesses in the downtown area expect a big surge in traffic.  Local hotels say they have a few vacancies now, but won't for long.  They expect rooms to be full once full competition begins.

Transportation to and from the performances, according to some, is a perfect 10.  Jerry Gilbert is a Public Address announcer working at the convention center.  KHQ went with him as he traveled from his hotel room at the Davenport Hotel to the convention center.

He left the hotel 40 minutes before he needed to arrive.  Buses ran every ten minutes as planned, meaning he waited only a minute to catch a ride to the convention center.  He got there in 7 minutes.

"They're doing an excellent job here," he said, calling it a new record and tribute to the transportation system.

And then he had to walk through the crowds to get to where he needed to be.  Down a sidewalk, through the doors, up an escalator and through security, and it only took him 14 minutes from door to door.

"The organizing committee is doing a really excellent job with everything I've seen. They're doing a 10.  On a scale of one to ten, they're doing a ten.  Not every city does that," he said.

He mentioned security.  That's something all visitors need to know about before heading to the arena or convention center.  Security officials said Sunday they confiscated a lot of stuffed animals and balloons.  Both of those items are on the list of no-no's.  Visitors are also banned from bringing outside food or beverages, including water bottles.