I just want to put a question out there, because our team is trying to do some planning ahead when it comes to finances.
Last year, our team went to the Wisconsin Regional, but this year we plan to go to the Minnesota North Star Regional. Right now, we are trying to figure out if we need to get some hotel rooms down near the arena. I was wondering if I could just hear from some other teams in the metro area about what they did when it comes to lodging. We’re trying to decide whether we should buy some hotel rooms or if we should carpool from Maple Grove to the arena.
Could I just hear some of your opinions about what works best and some suggestions?
Yeah, just carpool. We did that from Plymouth and it worked out well. You can use the time in the car to discuss things without the distractions of a regional. I found it enjoyable. Hotels can be a pain money wise. Make sure you are organized either way.
I drove back and forth from Red Wing last year. For several years in Atlanta we drove to the Peachtree regional every day. Staying in a hotel is fun, but if the drive is less than an hour each way you are probably better off carpooling and going home. For one thing, your drive team is probably going to get a better nights sleep at home in their own beds than in a hotel full of other teams. The only thing you miss out on is possibly some socialization with other teams, but hopefully there will be a team social this year. Also, with two regionals, cheap hotel rooms are going to be kind of hard to come by, so I’m sure the teams that are too far away to commute will fill them all up.