1. B1G Championship rotates from school to school.B1G Champs at OSU's golf course. Piggyback on them... state meet next year?
Would shuttles be able to handle the volume of our State meet? OHSAA can barely manage the inflow of fans as is with lines longer than 100 at times.1. B1G Championship rotates from school to school.
2. Others in Central Ohio have pointed out that there is nowhere near enough parking at or near the golf course to accommodate the crowd. Would most people be willing to board shuttle buses for the state meet?
You make a lot of good points, and you get where I'm coming from as far as identifying the potential shortcomings of using an OSU facility, especially if it's during football season. I can't answer the question about shuttles, but they do manage to transport a certain amount of students around that campus on a daily basis.Would shuttles be able to handle the volume of our State meet? OHSAA can barely manage the inflow of fans as is with lines longer than 100 at times.
I think anything that goes with OSU also goes with a premium $$$$. Using their property will leave you feeling abused. Paying for shuttles will increase that feeling.
Course is in good shape. Consider the area where the buses were last year as a "No run zone". It is literally fenced off. 3-4 acres completely fenced off. You can go around it along the course or directly to the finish line from the tailgate section. Aside from less bus parking I see the spectating as unencumbered. I am not sure how many people run from the start along the fence directly to the bleachers.I have been told by some who have been at the facility today that the course is in good condition, but that being able to watch the race will be horrible for spectators. I have tried to confirm it with better sources, but have not heard back yet.
Access roads are tough here but there's a ton of parking and several entrances. And, I'm sure the Fairgrounds folks would fall all over themselves to host it. Question might be who would make a good meet manager but there are a few strong programs in the area so maybe someone can be identified.Throwing an option out there - Hartford Fairgrounds. A meet was hosted in August this year to explore the development of a championship style course.
Historic grandstands, 30 portable bleachers that can be placed anywhere on course, a 1, 2 and 3.1 mile that all coincide at the same location. The course, unfortunately, is flat, but with the support of the Hartford fair staff we have tons of options to make improvements.
Not to discourage the FinishtTiming course - but an out and back makes coaching pretty difficult. Spectators deserve a course they can get near and cheer on. Spectators deserve the opportunity to park and get into a meet ASAP! We would have 3-4 gates open and a dedicated bus entry point and spectator entry point.
If interested in knowing more we will be posting info on Athletic.net for next year's August 29th meet. Results can be found on https://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/meet/157245/info
Solution to that is go something like this. This way all the times between boys a girls for each division is a little shorter. Add a 4th division and then all can run every other race.Also, While we are changing the course location, can we also move the race times so that each division races together? D1 boys and Girls, D2 Boys and Girls....etc.
The downside to this is those who coach both teams. What if the team who runs first does well, no time to celebrate because you are off to the start line for the next race.