West Point was a wonderful place to hold the tournament. Beautiful campus, nice buildings, and good campus for a tournament. I was under the impression that it would be back there this year, but I'm guessing construction is taking longer than anticipated?Plus I hear West Point is really nice. So I honestly think a lot of upstate teams would prefer if it were at West Point or somewhere like that. At least the ones from this region always have.
Now you know how Long Islanders feel when the tournament is in Buffalo or Rochester.On behalf of all upstate and western teams, we would like to point out that kellenberg is practically the farthest point from central New York as could possibly be chosen. This poses a tremendous disadvantage to all teams not residing in New York City or Long Island. As one of the northernmost teams, we face a drive upwards of 8 hours to reach kellenberg and an estimated increase of 50% in travel and lodging costs. This will catastrophically deplete our resources, eliminating any opportunities to attend invitationals earlier in the season. In many tech events, northern and western teams will be at a major disadvantage in comparison to local teams due to packing and transportation. We feel that if the state competition could be moved to a more central location, if would present a more fair competition to teams from throughout the state.
I think, or at least hope, that it's more banter than actual complaints. I know the state organizers consider location among a multitude of other factors when trying to plan the tournament, and has been mentioned - finding a venue is difficult enough.I guess I don't want to spend so much time with opinions and all of it being at Kellenberg (and just to say, after competing there I've had a lot of fun, thanks BroNi so much, still can't believe next year is my last wth...man, I even remember West Point being awesome...I'm upset it isn't there, but still really happy and hoping BroNi can handle it well). But if people have legitimate complaints, and correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it be better to send them to the state coordinators or something? I know some try to read the forums, but if someone was that worried, then isn't that probably what should be done...not to say that we can't discuss it, just want to check (since I noticed JTMess's post).
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