Ravi wrote:Also, I'd like to start some discussion on when the competition should be held.
ChrisParlette wrote:I would like to nominate Washington, DC as a possible area to consider. David Barr and I both live in the area and have discussed the possiblity of holding a competition. Here are a couple of points I wanted to make:
-Having the US Championship held in the nation's capital would be appropriate for a nationwide tournament.
-Maryland is more or less in the center of the east coast, making travel for cubers in the eastern half of the country more viable.
-This would be an opportunity for cubers from around the country to visit the nation's capital. I would be happy to help guide some tours around the various parts of DC, including the Smithsonian museums and various memorials. There would also be the option of seeing Baltimore (only 45 minutes away). I believe that sightseeing in DC is worth doing at least once in your life.
-I know of at least a dozen people who would help run, judge, and scramble at the event. I also have quite a few people who would be willing to have cubers stay at their places and assist with travel needs to make the trip cheaper for long distance cubers.
-As far as the specific venue goes, some possibilities include the Smithsonian museums, the Maryland Science Center, the University of Maryland, or even one of the outdoor ampitheaters near the various memorials. Other possibilities are hotel ballrooms, churches (I have been to multiple that would host in their theater/gathering rooms), or schools in the area.
-The area is very easy to travel if you are in proximity to the metro lines. Bus lines extend out beyond the DC borders, and as said before, I know of many people who can help with travel arrangements. Reagan National Airport has a metro stop inside the airport, and BWI is about halfway between Baltimore and Washington.
If you all have any questions about the area, let David Barr or myself know.
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