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POLL: What's most important at a flagship tournament?

There's lots of discussion about the location of 2014's big events, like EHBPC, WHBPC, EHBPC, etc.

What are the most important characteristics of a good host location for these "flagship" events?

Pick 5
1. Click "add" to add them to your list. (you can also write in another option)
2. Rank them by dragging and dropping.
3. Hit "Vote".

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Court surface
20% (2280)
Court boards
16% (1826)
Ease of travel
12% (1407)
Court size
12% (1363)
Cheap or free housing
10% (1139)
Shelter from the elements (rain/sun)
7% (871)
Food
7% (856)
Access / visibility for the public
4% (463)
Destination city
4% (432)
Parties
3% (387)
Good scoreboards
2% (228)
Organized Reffing (write-in)
1% (112)
free beer (write-in)
1% (108)
Cash Prize (write-in), bike commuter friendly (write-in), Lights / facilities (write-in), Housing within riding distance of venue (write-in), volunteer power (write-in), local club size (volunteers, mechanical tent, water) (write-in), no alcohol restrictions (write-in)
0% (20)
No Beer. (write-in), Beer/Booze at courts (write-in), courts close to one another (write-in), Culture (write-in)
0% (19)
Total votes: 131

A few people have asked why reffing isn't up on the list ... this poll is about location (read the first couple sentences up top). I haven't seen the local hosts responsible for coordinating reffing for a couple years now at these big events.

grand rapids has so many of these. LOVE GR!

I just voted but did not put them order... I do feel refs and helpers are up in my list as well. If that matters

Besides the obvious player requirements the alcohol restrictions have to end. I'm not 17 and I don't feel like hiding my beer or getting busted by some local cop yahoo...for enjoying myself. So give preference to places where people can at least bring and drink beer...and audience seating might be nice too.

Maybe i'm too serious, but for a Flagship tourney, i could give a shit less about my beer. I'm there to play polo. I'll happily go to a bar afterwards with everyone. Alcohol permits are a huge pain in the ass, and one less thing that organizers should need to worry about when hosting. IMO of course.

lancasterpolo.com
agile for my size.

Maybe i'm too serious, but for a Flagship tourney, i could give a shit less about my beer. I'm there to play polo. I'll happily go to a bar afterwards with everyone. Alcohol permits are a huge pain in the ass, and one less thing that organizers should need to worry about when hosting. IMO of course.

lancasterpolo.com
agile for my size.

:(

Think of it like separation of church and state.

Separation of sport and alcohol?
Sounds legit.

It's hard to take this seriously. Seating, sure. That's solid point, and will help us. But, booze? Sorry, but no. I can't imagine how this is even a blip on the radar. I'd like it too, but having nice courts with booze restrictions is far superior to shitty courts where we can party with our recyclables in plain view.

Combination of choice: Smash + Bang

Hrm, has the poll closed already? Says it will close tomorrow. Looks like I can't vote. sniff, sniff.

Now that we see that no one cares about a destination city, can we just let Minneapolis host North Americans every year. Such great courts!

321polo.net

Priority #1 for Worlds is determining which team is the best of the best. Hard to do that when the ball is bouncing around on asphalt or hopping over cracks.

That said, if you've got smooth concrete and high walls, other stuff starts to come into play. Like exposure and amenities.

Legalize Hand Throws - 2014

OUCH.

(yea.. we wish the Oval was in Minneapolis proper.)

Minneapolis sucks, spread the word. Never move here.

Park and park location quality overall are more important to me than the city itself. Or the undefinable vibe of a tournament.

You knows it