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giddyupddp

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Why?
on: October 21, 2017, 10:38:39 AM
Why Hold the tournament is the same location over and over?
2018 - Syracuse, N.Y.
2019 - Las Vegas
2020 - Reno, Nev.
2021 - Las Vegas
2022 - TBD
2023 - Reno, Nev.
2024 - Las Vegas
2025 - Baton Rouge, La.
2026 - Reno, Nev.

And the 2 places not in Nevada are Syracuse and Baton Rouge, now those are some great vacation destinations.

I live in CT and have no interest in going to Syracuse even being able to drive there and I can't think of any reason to go to Baton Rouge. I used to go to Reno (6 times), once to Vegas, and once to Albuquerque.

To me I love Reno but convincing teammates to go became impossible. Vegas was fun but not a trip that is for everyone and most who like it have gone number of times and IMO its a done that type of trip. Albuquerque was a lot of fun going to a place never been and visiting around New Mexico was a blast. I think its shortsighted not to move the tournament to other cities that bowlers could/would like to make a vacation out of the trip. Bowlers come from every state yet this tournament is held in Nevada and a few other non destination cities. How about CA? FL? TX? etc. There are a lot of great places to visit in the US and Syracuse or Baton Rogue don't often make those lists.....

Just my $0.02
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Re: Why?
Reply #31 on: October 25, 2017, 01:17:30 PM
The last thing Nashville needs is a reason to up room prices. 

Come on now, you should consider MY needs here. My parents live in Alabama, south of Huntsville. I wouldn't have to get a hotel.  ;D


Of course, Huntsville would be an even better choice.
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Re: Why?
Reply #32 on: October 25, 2017, 03:15:19 PM
The last thing Nashville needs is a reason to up room prices. 

Come on now, you should consider MY needs here. My parents live in Alabama, south of Huntsville. I wouldn't have to get a hotel.  ;D


Of course, Huntsville would be an even better choice.

I mean, we need an airport...
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Reply #33 on: October 25, 2017, 03:25:10 PM
Huntsville has an airport, which they gratuitously refer to as Huntsville "International" airport.  ::)


But more important, my parents have a spare bedroom I can use.  ;D
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Re: Why?
Reply #34 on: October 25, 2017, 04:52:39 PM
They also have US Space and Rocket Center.  That along with the story of smuggling a pitcher of beer out of a restaurant are the only things memorable from a trip to Nationals there. 

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Re: Why?
Reply #35 on: October 26, 2017, 01:59:10 PM
Been to Huntsville, OK City, Syracuse, Jacksonville, Dayton, St Louis, Baton Rouge, Niagra Falls, Billings, Nixville, Albuquerque, and maybe a couple of others I forgot. 

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Re: Why?
Reply #36 on: October 26, 2017, 02:12:35 PM
HOw many times have we had this discussion? A city has to bid on the tournament, and locking up a resource for that long, plus everything that goes with it, makes it tough to do without a dedicated site. I came back from Disney World just last night, and was thinking every day how great it would be if the FL deal had gone thru and we could go there every 3rd year or so...

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Re: Why?
Reply #37 on: October 26, 2017, 05:23:04 PM
We had the Open in Albuquerque in 2000 and 2008. The USBC wanted to come in 2016, but the casinos did not want to pony up the $250,000 added which is paid to the USBC over 6 or 7 years. 

The president of our board went to the casinos and stated that they did not need to know if the casinos made a profit, but wanted to know if they were satisfied with the tournament and the participation they got from the bowlers. The governor of one of the pueblos said that they got the $250,000 back the first week of the tournament.

  After the tournament was over and the city figured how much of an impact the bowlers had they determined that the USBC tournament brought in $90 Million dollars for the years we had the tournament.

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Re: Why?
Reply #38 on: October 26, 2017, 05:27:48 PM
Which is a shame because Albuquerque needs all the economic development they can get.  This said as an UNM alumni who left because of a lack of white collar jobs and high crime.  Parents still live out in Rio Rathole though.
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Re: Why?
Reply #39 on: October 27, 2017, 10:53:04 PM
A friend of mine was an attorney/ lobbyist in Billings .  He knew nothing about the tournament and asked me about it prior to the event going there.  I gave a rough idea of the financial impact, and he was pretty skeptical.  Months later he told me it was a phenomenal economic boost for the area.  He was amazed. 

Even in Reno the benefit to the area is huge, especially in March and early April, when it is normally a ghost Town during mid week.

Of course the continuing decline makes the benefits a lot small than a few years ago
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