- Jun 6, 2012
Which comes back to where do they do it instead? They are holding these comps at some of the largest venues in the US. The top ten in size, updated in 2022, are in Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Diego, Detroit, Washington DC. <click here> Then you have time differences, hotel cost, airport size, restaurant access, etc.I agree, except they are aware, do account for it and don't care. They had signs made that were posted outside the arena with the NCA logo and "arena is at capacity" or something along those lines. If they had to spend money to make signs, then they knew they were going to have a capacity problem!
I know you can't hear my tone, but I'm interested, not being an arse. So where would they go after the performance? If they just disperse, then they're in aisles looking for seats (fire marshal issue). If they go back out the outside door, then they're at risk of not getting back in because seats are full.I owned a business too and know all about fire code. Have you been on the floor of the arena? If you have, you would know that the access to go from the outside entrance to the entrance to the floor arena currently isn't used, and would be perfectly acceptable per the fire code. Nothing would be blocked and would be much safer. If each athlete were given two wristbands, there would be a maximum of 76 people going through priority (and that is only for a handful of teams - it would be more like 48 people for most teams). It takes more staff and coordination on Varsity's part but it certainly is safer and makes more sense.
I'm definitely on the side of parents wanting to see their kids. However, I disagree an arena is anything like World's when it comes to time and safety. There's a big difference between people getting in and out of bleachers, free standing chairs, and wide aisles versus fixed arena seating with narrow rows and aisles. The new arena at ESPN WWoS didn't have priority seating either, I don't know if that's changed, but I would assume it's for the same reason.