Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
2014 SW Qualifier Discussion/info
I saw that the proposed final deadline for qualifier location/date is in a couple of weeks. How far are we from having this figured out? So far I've only heard two locations put into the mix - Fresno and Folsom. We just had a tournament in Folsom and the courts are beautiful and can be rented. I contacted the Folsom Parks & Rec. Dept. and found out that it would cost $30/hour unlit and $45/hour lit. If we play in May the sun goes down at ~8pm. So if we played 10am-10pm for two days on two courts it would cost $1560. Event insurance is required and to insure to their requirements ($1mil single incident) for 100 people for two days for a "hockey tournament" would cost $200. Would probably have to contact them to see if bike polo would get the same rate.
If there are the same amount of teams as last year (24) the tournament cost would be about $75 + $10 NAH fee. That's the same as Fresno last year. But that wouldn't include food. If there were more teams (like 32) then we could have enough money to provide food as well.
The case for Fresno could be made if they still have the boards and courts. That would save everybody money for entry fees. They also threw an awesome Qualifier last year so they have history on their side.
Just thought I'd throw out the information that I have so we could get a dialogue happening.