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missing
05-27-2012, 05:04 PM
TG, in 2001 Matthews Arena on Northeastern's campus and the SCOB were the secondary practice facilities in Boston. I'd imagine they'd use the big arena for the main venue. Matthews was only a five minute bus ride from the host hotels, so it was super convenient. That was the year we had police escorts for the shuttles, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. Of course, that was my first Nats, so I thought pretty much everything was the coolest thing ever! :)

It was my second Nationals, and the police escorts were definitely the coolest thing ever!

Debbie S
05-28-2012, 03:44 AM
Loved the police escorts in Boston. That was my first Nats. Having gone to college near Boston and driven in the city a couple of times (and getting lost each time), I thought going the wrong way down 1-way streets was pretty awesome. :)


I also remember one year the host hotel had a fire alarm pulled and evacuated the hotel and I remember being freezing outside. I think that was St. Paul too but it may have been St.Louis or Atlanta. It definitely wasn't St. Louis. I think that happened at SA one year (2006?) but I don't know about Nats.



The St. Louis experience included staying downtown which looks like an abandoned, desolate, dilapidated place. I heard that the population has gone from about a million to 300,000 in that area due to economic downturn, and the blown out windows and vacant buildings made it too scary to venture out at night. Well, I guess my mom and I were crazy b/c we ventured out for dinner. Only 1 night, though, b/c the schedule made things tight so we usually ate at either our hotel or the one across the street. But we did have a nice dinner one night at a place about 3 blocks away. And most of the others in the restaurant were Nats people, so they must have been brave, too.


I understand what people are saying about Greensboro, but I had a great time. The setup was great and I didn't mind eating in the hotel, as there were several options. And there was that shopping mall across the parking lot and a Bonefish Grill, too. Plus, for the nights we had to eat at the arena, there was really good food available at the Fan Fest. It's nice to eat in different restaurants (Cleveland was really good for that, and so would Boston) but at Nats, I'm more concerned with just being able to fit in meals between events.

numbers123
05-28-2012, 04:23 AM
Most of my bad memories of nationals were things that were my own fault. Like losing my coat in the airport shuttle in Atlanta and having to buy a new one because the arena was cold. Being sick in Portland - fortunately my doctor called a script into a local pharmacy and the hotel shuttle driver was kind enough to take me there, being sick in St. Louis and didn't go to the Women's lp or the gala and got an earlier flight home going to the hospital when I got home. St. Paul Xcel center - that was a little disappointing because the food court by the Hilton express closed at 9 pm and the Hilton express didn't have room service or a restaurant that was open past 9. I had my car, but found St. Paul difficult to drive in- it could also be that I didn't want to go outside the gerbil trails into the cold. There were restaurants on the street level - I just didn't want to go out.

So for the most part - those things were my fault. Being sick would have happened whether I was at home or at Nationals. I did get a different view of the arena health/first aid centers, all being very kind and helpful. Losing a coat totally my fault. Not wanting to leave the comfort of a warm hotel/gerbil trail - my fault.

I think that for me, Boston would probably not be in my budget - but perhaps I have perception that hotels would be extremely expensive as well as meals. I just imagine that the costs for a Boston Nationals would come close to $3500 - but that is my perception it might be wrong.
From reading this thread it appears that people have issues with nationals no matter where they were held. It appears that some of you have never had a good experience attending nationals - and if that is true, I have to ask why you would want to spend money on attending nationals.

TanithandBenFan
05-28-2012, 04:34 AM
I stayed at the Sheraton in Boston last summer, which was one of the host hotels in '01, and the regular rate wasn't outrageous. I'd hope they'd negotiate an even lower rate for Nats, as they did in '01. I remember it being very, very reasonable.

The fire alarm was in Atlanta. I wasn't at the main hotel but heard about it. There was one in Greensboro last year, but luckily it wasn't the tower I was staying in!

CoyoteChris
05-28-2012, 06:22 AM
I liked Greensboro too.

There was an awesome Vietnamese restaurant, and a really good Mexican restaurant, and a really good breakfast spot. And our hotel was reasonably priced, something you won't be getting in Boston. And the ice quality was amazingly good, considering.

And the people were really nice.

I think you need a car; that makes all the difference.

I love the way we all see things differently. I loved greensboro except for the primitive seats. (They spent the money for the new seats on the waterpark) My hotel (doubletree) was across the street from the host hotel. It had a great breakfast restaurant.
There were good restaurants everywhere around the 2 hotels (Carrabbas,Outback, Chillis, Smokey bones). After the first day, the shuttles worked great. I saw no need for a car.
Chris who still has his seat cushion with the backwards flying plane on it.

paskatefan
05-28-2012, 10:51 AM
I love the way we all see things differently. I loved Greensboro except for the primitive seats. (They spent the money for the new seats on the waterpark) My hotel (doubletree) was across the street from the host hotel. It had a great breakfast restaurant.
There were good restaurants everywhere around the 2 hotels (Carrabbas,Outback, Chillis, Smokey bones). After the first day, the shuttles worked great. I saw no need for a car.
Chris who still has his seat cushion with the backwards flying plane on it.






I understand what people are saying about Greensboro, but I had a great time. The setup was great and I didn't mind eating in the hotel, as there were several options. And there was that shopping mall across the parking lot and a Bonefish Grill, too. Plus, for the nights we had to eat at the arena, there was really good food available at the Fan Fest. It's nice to eat in different restaurants (Cleveland was really good for that, and so would Boston) but at Nats, I'm more concerned with just being able to fit in meals between events.

:respec: The shuttle worked well for us. My big thanks to CoyoteChris for suggesting it. I loved the fact that everything was all in one place (practices, Fan Fest, etc.). It was nice to have a venue that was in driving distance (long trip, but doable).

OK, so what I'd like to know is this, has a decision been made for 2014 Nationals. Are they confirmed for Boston?

jenlyon60
05-28-2012, 12:08 PM
(They spent the money for the new seats on the waterpark)

Having spent the better part of 2 days a couple months ago sitting in the "new seats" in the Aquatic Center watching a swim meet, let me tell you that they are NOT comfortable. Think aluminum bleachers. The seat depth was too short also. About the only improvement over ice rink bleachers was it was warm and humid inside the pool area.

Now the airport, I can understand the comments about the airport. If I go back to Greensboro for any reason, I think I would rather fly into RDU and rent a car than fly in/out of Greensboro airport, unless it undergoes significant renovation.

lexeoe
05-28-2012, 12:18 PM
let's hope an announcement is made soon.

maureenfarone
05-28-2012, 01:14 PM
Paskatefan no announcement has been made for the host city. But, it is known that Greensboro, Boston, and St. Paul are the finalists. Announcement should come in June (2012 I hope!).

carriemarie
05-29-2012, 08:47 AM
That was both St. Louis (2006) and Atlanta (2004). All-event ticket holders were not allowed to attend the practices in the practice rink in St. Paul (2008) because the facility was too small/did not have enough seating.

That's sucks because all event tickets aren't cheap. I remember being irritated with credentials because some of the practices were really late at night. Did you at least complain or get money back?

carriemarie
05-29-2012, 08:50 AM
Loved the police escorts in Boston. That was my first Nats. Having gone to college near Boston and driven in the city a couple of times (and getting lost each time), I thought going the wrong way down 1-way streets was pretty awesome. :)

It definitely wasn't St. Louis. I think that happened at SA one year (2006?) but I don't know about Nats.


Well, I guess my mom and I were crazy b/c we ventured out for dinner. Only 1 night, though, b/c the schedule made things tight so we usually ate at either our hotel or the one across the street. But we did have a nice dinner one night at a place about 3 blocks away. And most of the others in the restaurant were Nats people, so they must have been brave, too.


I understand what people are saying about Greensboro, but I had a great time. The setup was great and I didn't mind eating in the hotel, as there were several options. And there was that shopping mall across the parking lot and a Bonefish Grill, too. Plus, for the nights we had to eat at the arena, there was really good food available at the Fan Fest. It's nice to eat in different restaurants (Cleveland was really good for that, and so would Boston) but at Nats, I'm more concerned with just being able to fit in meals between events.

It was definitely Nats because I have never been to a SA or haven't in years. I want to say it was St Paul.
Someone help me out here?

carriemarie
05-29-2012, 08:52 AM
I stayed at the Sheraton in Boston last summer, which was one of the host hotels in '01, and the regular rate wasn't outrageous. I'd hope they'd negotiate an even lower rate for Nats, as they did in '01. I remember it being very, very reasonable.

The fire alarm was in Atlanta. I wasn't at the main hotel but heard about it. There was one in Greensboro last year, but luckily it wasn't the tower I was staying in!

Thank you! I knew I didn't dream standing outside a hotel for an hour.

maureenfarone
05-29-2012, 05:43 PM
I also remember a fire alarm in Atlanta. I didn't stay at the Westin? which was the official hotel, but I caught the shuttle there and everyone was buzzing about the alarm.

purple skates
05-29-2012, 06:33 PM
All I know about fire alarms and Nationals is that some time after I joined FSU (don't know when), there was a fire alarm at the hotel and someone saw Frank Carroll in shorts.

Rob
05-29-2012, 06:37 PM
Don't know about fire drills at Nationals, but there was one in the official hotel at SA in Hartford.