I didn't....I went to Wellwood the one nobody's ever heard of (despite the fact that we've been relativity close to unseating eagle hill the past couple years at regionals and have been top 5 at states the past few years).That can be true- but the cheering is very annoying. Before the bout, fine. But during it... that's a different story. I mean, at 09 states, I was very, very nervous to go up against Eagle Hill (I know you probably went there, so no offense) and I think I may have won if I hadn't been so nervous. But I was, my fingers were shaking, and I lost. I'm not bitter, but I think that quiet and keeping the crowd away from the ring (again, at 09 states they got right up against us) are good improvements.
The phones I understand....perhaps they could have a camera there that records the bouts and teams can buy tapes or something?That's my primary concern- crowd control is minor compared to this, but they're pretty related. At 2009 states (I know I talk about this a lot) there were some people using cell phones to record and even talk through the bouts. It messed up my bot for a while. There will be no way for this to be controlled on the National level.
My suggestion. Set up a live feed to another area. The feed can show everyone what's happening, but there is no excessive crowd noise and no interference except for the one camera for the feed. At 2008 Nationals they had a projector screen for Robo-cross- just expand on the idea. They certainly have the resources.
As far as a feed somewhere else.....I think that would take away from the excitement and appeal of the event. Also, I expect it would get extremely crowded and likely hard to hear anything. Not to mention I'd think there's potential that it ends up far out of the way so people can't go to it because they'd end up late for other stuff. Personally, I would set up bleachers perhaps around all 3 sides of the ring. and hey....earplugs wouldn't be such a horrible idea either.