So instead of making States in an area close to most teams, they put it in Canisius College. In Buffalo.
/hello 8 hr drive
Canisius will do a great job with states. They hosted the local regionals for the first time this year, and did an awesome job. I was an event supervisor (originally an assistant, got added at the last minute when one of the supervisors couldn't make it), and the amount of effort that Canisius put in was amazing.
Plus, Buffalo's a nice place...although I am biased. To me, states always equaled a roadtrip. West Point was 7+ hours, and although I never went, everyone in the area that did said the trip was half the fun. Heck, I've done 8 hour bus trips before...they can be fun. Somewhat long...but they could be worse.
For most teams, it probably won't be that much more expensive...you're going to need a bus regardless. If you travel through the night, you can avoid extra hotel nights (that's how my team went to states last year), or prolong the trip and stay extra nights.
I'll start throwing out ideas of how to enjoy the limited time in Buffalo. One, make sure you get chicken wings sometime while you're here (but not from the Anchor Bar...they may have invented the wing, but that doesn't mean they make them very good!)