Sweet 16 at NKU

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    I agree with most the arena is awesome! However the event staff were so rude most of the time I was there and I was never treated like that at WKU. Also the hotels are too far from the arena as well are the nicer restaurants. Traffic at times was awful especially at rush hour. I watched thier staff go around the arena yelling-not asking to take thier feet out of the seats. I get it if they don't want feet in seats but they were very rude in asking. Just did not have the same big time tournament feel that Diddle does. St. Elizabeth people were very gracious as well. What happended to the halftime entertainment between schools? Seems like KHSAA did not put as much into this--I will be anxious to see what happens at Rupp in terms of halftime enterainment between schools etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxpressure View Post
    I agree with most the arena is awesome! However the event staff were so rude most of the time I was there and I was never treated like that at WKU. Also the hotels are too far from the arena as well are the nicer restaurants. Traffic at times was awful especially at rush hour. I watched thier staff go around the arena yelling-not asking to take thier feet out of the seats. I get it if they don't want feet in seats but they were very rude in asking. Just did not have the same big time tournament feel that Diddle does. St. Elizabeth people were very gracious as well. What happended to the halftime entertainment between schools? Seems like KHSAA did not put as much into this--I will be anxious to see what happens at Rupp in terms of halftime enterainment between schools etc.
    Event staff was very gracious. Unfortunately you have that "one person" whose team lost and they feel as if they can do what they want. They want to sit wherever they want and when it is explained to them that the KHSAA has reserved seating for teams that are not participating they yell at the event staff and cause a scene. The issue comes down to the event staff must enforce the rules that Julian Tackett wants enforced and then some people want to say the staff is rude when they do not want to follow those rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clubhouse View Post
    Attended games on Saturday night. A wonderful venue; much better than WKU in my opinion. I really don’t get some of the negativity here, I was very impressed. I didn’t have to wait in line to park, got decent parking near arena and found a great seat. The concession stands had decent offerings at reasonable prices. The concession stand workers were friendly and quick. If they only would bring the ice cream machines from Rupp, I would have been set.

    With my positive review, the only thing that I was a little surprised at is why I didn’t see more area players and coaches there. If I were a coach, I would have made that a team outing to see what it is like to get those dreams going for next year.

    My congrats to all those who made this tourney what seemed like a great one. Teams, KHSAA, BBT personnel
    Yes that lack of local people was disheartening. And I agree with those about the publicity of the event but.........for example the Enquirer just refused to cover once the local teams were out.

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    I had a GREAT time!!

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    I believe the N. Ky. group that should be promoting an event like this is the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau. I thought that was their job. Bring big events to town and promote them

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    Would NKY, local papers, sponsors,etc. promote it better if it was the Boys sweet 16?

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    Like I said the St. Elizabeth people were very gracious and helpful. It did not have anyhthing to do with whether or not a team lost of won. Heck fire you are in the Sweet 16 so no sour grapes at this point. I am just saying that when a security guard tells you that you can't go past this point because she has to keep it clear--and it is your game and you have to get back on the court something is wrong--saying she is doing what Julian Tackett told her to do--which i get but can we use some common sense! Also saw her get on an official who was waiting for his next game to officiate and she ran him off as well. He yelled can't wait for this to go back to BG! THat is what I am talking about--maybe it is not event staff but security staff it different. Also why did they do general admission seating vs giving everyone a specific seat? Rupp doesnt do that and neither did Diddle? The arena itself is a great place to play and watch-not a bad seat--I guess I was just expecting them to roll out the red carpet more than they did! Parking was cheaper than BG just had to pay once vs each session which i think at BG it was $8 per session where as here it was $5 per day. Oh well congrats to Butler they were the best team!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    I believe the N. Ky. group that should be promoting an event like this is the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau. I thought that was their job. Bring big events to town and promote them
    They dont do that stuff for free.

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    Yes there is a huge difference with the security folks and BBandT employees. Good question about the general admission as I thought it caused a lot of confusion for folks but that is what was agreed upon by the KHSAA. And I will give you the point that while the arena did a great job, the Northern KY. area did not do things I expected of them to host a prestigious event. Just my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxpressure View Post
    Like I said the St. Elizabeth people were very gracious and helpful. It did not have anyhthing to do with whether or not a team lost of won. Heck fire you are in the Sweet 16 so no sour grapes at this point. I am just saying that when a security guard tells you that you can't go past this point because she has to keep it clear--and it is your game and you have to get back on the court something is wrong--saying she is doing what Julian Tackett told her to do--which i get but can we use some common sense! Also saw her get on an official who was waiting for his next game to officiate and she ran him off as well. He yelled can't wait for this to go back to BG! THat is what I am talking about--maybe it is not event staff but security staff it different. Also why did they do general admission seating vs giving everyone a specific seat? Rupp doesnt do that and neither did Diddle? The arena itself is a great place to play and watch-not a bad seat--I guess I was just expecting them to roll out the red carpet more than they did! Parking was cheaper than BG just had to pay once vs each session which i think at BG it was $8 per session where as here it was $5 per day. Oh well congrats to Butler they were the best team!
    I think Mercer County might have been able to match up with them better. Franklin County got hot and made a nice run until Sunday when they really fell apart. BUT I can honestly say the quality of basketball especially those final four teams (Mercer Co. Murray Franklin County and Butler) were really well coached and played a very high level of basketball. A lot of local people missed out on some high quality games!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Would NKY, local papers, sponsors,etc. promote it better if it was the Boys sweet 16?
    There would be more interest so you'd probably get more coverage in the paper. None for TV unless an NKY team was playing.

    The boys Sweet 16 is a much bigger deal to the average fan than the girls version. That's not news.

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    This is coming from a person with a participant pass

    It was nice to park behind the arena for free as long as I had my team badge. Being I live 2 minutes from the arena it was nice not having to go to the high school to catch the bus. The KHSAA people I had to deal with were great but I also see them at another state tournament so they know who I am and were very helpful. I will say not BB&T but the events people had no clue what was going on. As of 6:00 PM on Wednesday they still couldn't figure out which badge could go where. They were going to kick one of our non-dressed players off the bench because her badge did not look like their image (their image did not have the region sticker on it).

    Coming from my neighbor who came to watch my team play, she loved her seats, she parked for free at the old city building but thought $18 for 2 pretzels ($10) & 2 bottles of water ($8) was ridiculous.

    I think there is a lot to be improved. I went to City BBQ after our day game and I asked them if they knew there was a state basketball tournament going on, she said, "We did not until some of the parents came in for a meal." This is sad to me and shame on KHSAA & Highland Heights Chamber of Commerce.

    Also having a team stay in Richwood, KY when the KHSAA staff is staying at the airport seems a little wrong. That is problem with the tournament in NKY there are not enough hotels in the area to hosts all the teams. Hypothetically if GRC won the 10th wouldn't they need a hotel? Where would they go?

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    Really a shortage of hotels? Wilder, Newport, Bellevue and that little city across the river all have hotel rooms and all are less than 10 minutes away.
    Ask folks in lexington this week how far away their hotels are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAC View Post
    Really a shortage of hotels? Wilder, Newport, Bellevue and that little city across the river all have hotel rooms and all are less than 10 minutes away.
    Ask folks in lexington this week how far away their hotels are.
    When you have a team staying in Richwood, that is a bit ridiculous. Where across the river would you like to have these kids stay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by memyselfandi View Post
    When you have a team staying in Richwood, that is a bit ridiculous. Where across the river would you like to have these kids stay?
    Covington has some low end options. Florence would be a better choice than richwood. East gate area has hotels as well.

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