I believe there are quite a few kids who wished the floor nazi's patrolled the storage area with the same diligence. I think there are quite a few kids who would like their wallets and personal valuables back.
I wish they had enough score boards so they didn't have to use a flip chart to show the score of a dual semi final or use a different score board on a different mat to show the score of the dual finals. I really found that odd they didn't have 8 working clocks/score boards.
Seating was horrible. We all know the floor is too small to hold this event and have adequate seating.
The lighting made it feel like you were in a dungeon.
From the sounds of it this is the overall feelings and Fargo will likely be location for this event for the possible long term future.
They took care of the lighting, shortly after this post was started. Anyone who knows me can tell you I always whine about lighting, I like it bright. The side lighting really improved the lighting. Washed out the big board though, but they figured that out too! So, they were adapting to the situation, got to give them props for that.
Seemed like enough seats, but the seats on the east side had an obstructed view of the first row of mats. (I think it is the east side).
I wasn't really paying much attention to the seating, so I could be mistaken on available seating. And the damn lights where so bright I couldn't see up there anyway. JK
The wrestler's storage area is easily accessed by anyone walking in the back door. I saw kids that didn't have badges walk in from the street into that area. The Fargo Dome has an advantage because it's difficult to get to the area without a badge and they have full time guards watching the area.
I liked the door guards keeping people from the floor unless they need to be there. That's got to be frustrating.
Moving along the mats was easy this year.
They have better rest room facilities in Fargo. Right near the mats, which is a convenice for the wrestlers and officials.
Overall, I had a great time in Bismarck. I do prefer Fargo, but I think the kids should get the final vote.
Thanks to the tournament officials for their efforts. I think they were trying to improve things.