Saturday, May 14, 2016
The AWFULNESS of the Dallas Convention Center....
"Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established."
We don't have much to say about this year's RPT convention, but one conclusion is inescapable: The Dallas Convention center is a terrible venue and no future convention should ever be held here again.
The biggest problem is it's massive size combined with a moronic layout. Add to that the fact that there's no easy way to get around. Case in point: Our SD caucus yesterday morning was nearly a mile from the exhibition hall. There was no way to get there except walking. They don't even have moving sidewalks. Just the sheer amount of walking around the venue left us physically exhausted on a level we rarely experience. If we're saying this as a mid-30's male in reasonably decent physical shape, we can only imagine what it must have been like for delegates who are senior citizens.
Next: The food selection SUCKS. The only places to eat near the convention center are lousy and horrifically overpriced. You shouldn't have to travel 6 or 7 blocks from the venue to find an affordable meal.
Then there's the internet situation. The free wi-fi is painfully slow but $13/day for good wi-fi is likewise absurd. Based on reports, it appears the paid wi-fi isn't much better than the free.
About six months ago, we started privately advocating to hold the next convention in Austin. At the time, our primary motivation was personal laziness and a desire to not travel. Having been though this year's convention, however, we can now testify from experience that the Austin Convention Center is a dramatically superior venue. The entire facility is contained within one square block. There are a plethora of affordable places to eat nearby and, if folks are interested, we can bring in food trucks to cover the lunch rush. There's free, good, wi-fi throughout. If the Austin Convention Center can handle SxSW, it can handle the RPT.
That being said, we are sensitive to the fact that most of the delegates live in the DFW area. If that's a major consideration, we would suggest holding the event permanently in Ft. Worth. At least they have food and wi-fi.
Whatever decisions are ultimately made, the Dallas Convention Center should be permanently off limits to future RPT conventions.