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If DCC moves? - 01-14-2008, 08:26 PM

If the Derby City Classic moves to the Convention Center where will people stay?
One of the great things about one location is being able to go(crawl)
back and forth to your room. You can party, rest, shower, no driving.
What happens to all night action, the AZ room, players being able to eat
and relax between matches?
I predict attendance will go way down next year.

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01-14-2008, 08:34 PM

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If the Derby City Classic moves to the Convention Center where will people stay?
One of the great things about one location is being able to go(crawl)
back and forth to your room. You can party, rest, shower, no driving.
What happens to all night action, the AZ room, players being able to eat
and rwelax between matches?
I predict attendance will go way down next year.
The Executive West is going to undergo a major renovation -- for all you food complainers (that includes me ) the whole restaraunt wing is getting rebuilt. Maybe they'll get a new chef for the new digs.

As far as I know, Greg is talking about keeping the action and the extras over at the Exec West (which will be changing its name, but I forget to what). It's the main tournament tables that move to the Fairgrounds.

The tournament room will be way bigger over there, so for once, they can SCHEDULE MATCHES. Why would that keep people away?? If anything it might attract more people who could now relax and plan their daily routine around known match times -- hallelulia (sp)!! This would be done by having way more tables, including a spill over group of tables which would be available for practice, unless they were needed to keep the tourney on schedule.

The action, which is what goes 24-7, would still be conveniently in the original hotel, so guys can run up and down from their rooms to get more money any time they need to

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01-14-2008, 08:37 PM

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If the Derby City Classic moves to the Convention Center where will people stay? ...
I think the plan is to have shuttles. That's not as convenient as being downstairs from your bed, but I think there are very few venues that offer both reasonable room rates and a space large enough to have all the events.

The Executive Inn is scheduled to be torn down next December to be turned into a parking lot for the Expo grounds, and the Executive West will have a $30 million upgrade, or so the shuttle driver told me.


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01-14-2008, 08:45 PM

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If the Derby City Classic moves to the Convention Center where will people stay?
One of the great things about one location is being able to go(crawl)
back and forth to your room. You can party, rest, shower, no driving.
What happens to all night action, the AZ room, players being able to eat
and relax between matches?
I predict attendance will go way down next year.
I agree. 12 months is not much time to put something like this together and I hope they can find something with lodging attached or at least across the street from the venue.

The shuttle thing does not sound like a good alternative, but again there is not much time and that may be all that can be done.

The Greg Sullivan/Diamond team will find a way to work it out and great time will be had yet again. Of this I am certain!
  
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01-14-2008, 08:50 PM

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If the Derby City Classic moves to the Convention Center where will people stay?
One of the great things about one location is being able to go(crawl)
back and forth to your room. You can party, rest, shower, no driving.
What happens to all night action, the AZ room, players being able to eat
and relax between matches?
I predict attendance will go way down next year.
I completely agree. My favorite part about the derby is the all night party atmosphere. Its got that vegas feel for me. At any time of day I can get food/alcohol. It wont be the same if I have to shuttle to the tourney room instead of simply walking down the hall from the action room. Am I going to be able to bring my beer on the shuttle? Course not

I too am skeptical and will be very much less inclined to go.
  
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01-14-2008, 08:56 PM

I know the whole thing with the hotel, but honestly i will be so much better it will be worthwhile.

Although the exec west has so much personality
  
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01-14-2008, 08:59 PM

Also I have heard he is buying the clarion from several people where qlympics was held. Not a HUGE hotel, but there are a lot of other hotels very close.

That convention center would house a ton of people and probably 60-70 9' tables. Not to mention all the stuff you could put inside the hotel.
  
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01-14-2008, 09:26 PM

I'll be there to give it a try for sure, the sports complex is right across the street so shuttle ride would be quick and painless. The Derby is during cold weather so a ride in a nice warm shuttle to the door will beat walking into the tournament room from a parking place three hundred feet away. I'm in for the long haul cause the DCC is to much fun.--Leonard
  
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01-14-2008, 09:51 PM

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Also I have heard he is buying the clarion from several people where qlympics was held. Not a HUGE hotel, but there are a lot of other hotels very close.

That convention center would house a ton of people and probably 60-70 9' tables. Not to mention all the stuff you could put inside the hotel.

Who is "he"?

Changing the DCC to a hotel- shuttle to arena event will change the whole feel/atmosphere and I'm not sure it will ever be the same. I just cant see it being better but i realize the choices are limited.


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Maybe they could move it to the Valley Forge Convention Center, the same venue that Alan Hopkins uses for the Super Billiards Expo. Just a thought.
  
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Maybe they could move it to the Valley Forge Convention Center, the same venue that Alan Hopkins uses for the Super Billiards Expo. Just a thought.
Great idea that I think would fall upon deaf ears.

As they the event are totally different from what I understand.
  
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01-15-2008, 12:51 PM

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I think the plan is to have shuttles. That's not as convenient as being downstairs from your bed, but I think there are very few venues that offer both reasonable room rates and a space large enough to have all the events.

The Executive Inn is scheduled to be torn down next December to be turned into a parking lot for the Expo grounds, and the Executive West will have a $30 million upgrade, or so the shuttle driver told me.

Bob, you ever have to wait on shuttles. Doesn't sound good to me!
  
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01-15-2008, 12:54 PM

Isn't the Executive West refurb. supposed to be done by the end of this year?

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I completely agree. My favorite part about the derby is the all night party atmosphere. Its got that vegas feel for me. At any time of day I can get food/alcohol. It wont be the same if I have to shuttle to the tourney room instead of simply walking down the hall from the action room. Am I going to be able to bring my beer on the shuttle? Course not

I too am skeptical and will be very much less inclined to go.

Unless they come up with a better plan than I've heard so far I think they'll be shocked at how many fewer people go.
  
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01-15-2008, 01:00 PM

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Bob, you ever have to wait on shuttles. Doesn't sound good to me!
I never waited more than 5 minutes for one and there are a couple of decent motels within a 3 minute walk from the Expo Center. They can also put on a couple of additional shuttle vans. Should be no problem.

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