I spent this weekend in Long Island, covering the state wrestling tournament.
It’s my hope that it never goes back there again.
Even Long Island’s newspaper, Newsday, had a column today about how bad it actually was. Link
Being from a smaller newspaper in a smaller area, people know me a little bit and like to soundoff at times. I heard from several people how bad this weekend was. Let me point out a couple of things.
– No re-entry. So if you bought a ticket, you better plan on staying all day, or pay again. This didn’t happen in previous years.
– Camcorders were not allowed. I figured it had something to do with Cablevision and it sounds like through the Newsday article that it was something with Cablevision.
Look, this is high school sports. Unless you are going to offer a way for people to buy DVDs/tapes of the event or it is shown and seen throughout the entire state, then camcorders should be allowed. This was a major ball dropped by the Nassau Coliseum.
– The Coliseum was selling beer. At a high school event. And from sources off the record, I was told it cost NYSPHAA some cash to re-write the contract to include that. But they kept selling beer until things were finalized. A good two hours worth of selling on Friday.
Now come on, selling beer at a high school event? That’s ridiculous. This tournament — or anything else from the state — should never go here again because of this alone.
– The staff at the Coliseum were rude and idiotic. Yeah, the tournament is at your joint, which means you should treat the people coming there with a little respect.
Between jacked-up hotel prices, tickets to the event for a couple people, and eating in there (remember, no re-entry and you weren’t allowed to bring any food or drink in), one husband and wife I know spend probably around 750 bucks or more for the weekend. To watch their kid wrestle. AND couldn’t use a camcorder.
Yeah, good stuff all around.
That place isn’t worthy of having anything else there. What a joke.
Thankfully, it returns to Albany and the Pepsi Arena next year. More affordable, cheaper hotels and no whoring out the fans. The best part? Central location and all the major highways go into Albany, so it’s good for all parts of the state.