Shoot Pool, not people
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6 or 7 of these arena size seats.
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A concession area.
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This wasn't done on all fire exits.
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This was done on most fire exits. The other side of the door are vendors and vendor equipment. If there was a fire this would be a hazard. I spent weekends listening to firecode lectures.
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Providing tables for vendors.
In short Barry rented a bunch of tables and an empty space, blocked off fire exits and sealed large crowds into a small space.
That is the one exit that leads out to Pat Fleming's studio. It was closed for a good reason, so no one could sneak in. There were NO vendors on the other side of that door. That is a flat lie!
There were many fire exits for spectators to leave the arena if necessary. And it is not a small space by any means, about 30,000 square feet! If you think renting those risers and erecting them is cheap, you are sadly mistaken. Then there is the cost of all those chairs. One more expensive rental. Plus pipe and drape all the way around the arena and over fifty tables with covers. Barry pays for all this.
That is only the beginning. Do you have any idea how much the convention center Audio-Visual department charged for their services, like hanging the lighting and the grid for the TV arena? Let's just say it's a LOT! Plus they put up the giant screen to watch the Accu-Stat matches on. On Barry's tab!
Oh wait a second, I forgot about the housekeeping staff that cleaned the players tables between rounds and provided fresh pitchers of cold water. Then they had to come in at 2 AM each night and clean the entire building! They do not work for free (but you know that and chose to ignore it) and Barry bears that cost as well.
Carrying two million dollars worth of Liability insurance for a week is one more hidden cost. Oh did I forget to mention the staff of ten people that helped to co-ordinate the running of the event. I guess you think everyone works for free. I haven't even gotten into the cost of materials, phone, licenses, mailings, advertising, etc. etc. Barry, Barry and Barry! Are you beginning to get the picture or will you remain justdumb?
I forgot one little thing. The $68,000 that Barry put into the prize money! 50K added, two dozen free entries (at 500 a pop), 4K for extra money to make up for all (40) the early bird $400 entrants), plus 2K in bonus prizes. Hey, it's only 68K, so why mention that little expense.