When I put up the press release from the PSP regarding the new venue for World Cup, I was actually pleased. However, as evidenced by the email sent in anonymously below, not everyone agrees with the move:
My God, what in the hell were Lane and the others at PSP thinking when they moved the World Cup over to the grounds of Fantasy of Flight?
Yeah, as you noted in the last Ford Report, it’s closer to the Tampa Bay area, thus making it more convenient for you and a few others, but there are far fewer hotels, and they are more expensive, at least, according to the little green “Room Saver” booklet, available in the foyer of Denny’s, and in other locations. In the Lakeland area, a room at the Holiday Inn goes for $79.99. In Kissimmee, that same room is $49.00. The Days Inn and Suites has rooms for $59.99 in Lakeland. 30 miles away in Kissimmee, that room is $29.95.
Well, maybe there will be those that will make the commute. Ten years ago, the hotels around Cranberry, PA, were 25-30 miles from the Big Butler Fairgrounds, and the IAO.
Yeah, there were some issues with Disney scheduling a karate tournament on the World Cup weekend, and that parking was, at best, a cluster exercize, but there just ain’t a hell of a lot at Lakeland/Polk City. Hell, in Kissimmee, there was Old Town, and a number of fine eateries. Lakeland/Polk City doesn’t come close. I think PSP needs better negotiators. Damn, where the hell is Jerry Braun when we need him?
With the economy in the tank, and unlikely to improve any time soon, PSP should be making every effort to aid and assist the players in bringing down their costs, and in making the World Cup more affordable and player/attendee friendly. I am of the opinion that they blew it big time, and that this move is going to be met with much resistance, and many complaints from players and vendors. Many will not be back in 2010, and not for solely economic reasons.
I hope like hell I’m wrong. But I have a bad feeling that it’s going to fall flat, and could well be the beginning of the end for what was once one of paintball’s premiere events.