Starting a thread for discussion about group trips to evo. I’ll try to update this post with new info as we go.
**Date: **July 29-31st 2011
Place: Rio Las Vegas
What you need:
Passport/Travel Visa (if you’re not canadian)
 Plane Ticket
[*] US Money
**Budget: ** Typically you’re looking at the $1000-1200 range for flight and stay at vegas for roughly a week. This does NOT include food or any activities you want to do while you’re there.
Money Saving Tips:
If you can drive across the border, you can save $150-200 in travel costs by flying from Buffalo. I’m not sure if it’s a direct flight to vegas, but people have said that it’s not exactly a pleasant flight.
JayWang has made some notes regarding driving across the border to fly:
So do some price shopping before deciding on how you want to travel! While you’ll likely save money, depending your situation it may not be worth your while to do this. If you carpool to Buffalo parking charges and gas can be shared among a group, which would lower the cost. Make sure you do your homework and price shop!
Know your gambling limits! Vegas is a tempting place, and it’s easy to blow alot of cash very quickly. Try and keep things within your limits and keep a budget on how much you want to gamble/will to lose.
I believe there is now a Walgreens on the strip. I’m not sure if their prices are jacked up, but I’m guessing it would be cheaper than trying to buy things at anywhere else on the strip.
Coupons! 30% off for staying 3 nights at the Rio, seems to be cheaper than the Evo discount rate.
This prob sounds obvious, but I think it should be said just as a reminder.
[*]Check with your airline regarding carry-on sizes and costs. I think it’ll be ok if you have a backpack for your stick, and a small carry-on luggage for your clothes. Letting you skip the check in lines at the airport.
[*]If you go the above route, note that you CANNOT bring liquids (soap, creams, toothpaste), razor blades, nailclippers etc. So pack carefully! Bring an electric shaver if you have one instead, and resort to using hotel toiletries/going to walgreens to buy it.
[*]If you’re planning to do some shopping, you may want to bring a larger luggage and check it with next to nothing in it. This way you can carry all your new goodies back without having to worry about how to bring them back.
The Rio is off the main strip. I have been told that it is not safe to walk from the Rio to the strip at night (or maybe any time). So if you’re staying in vegas a few days before or after Evo, you may want to consider staying at a hotel on the strip for that portion of the stay. However there are free shuttles from the Rio to the strip, but they tend to stop service relatively early.
Seeding at EVO
For those who wants to be seeded at EVO this year, there are qualifiers from now til June to earn ranking points. Here are the ones that are close to Ontario:
Montreal June 4th-5th - Montreal Annual Tournament VIII http://mat.mtlsf.com/
Atlantic City, NJ May 2011 - East Coast Throwdown
Cincinnati, OH 4/29/2011 - PowerUp 2011
Chicago 5/27/2011 - Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament (about an 8 hour drive)
Philidelphia 2/26/2011 - GVN Winter Brawl (about a 9 hour drive)
Post up if you’re going, share your plans so people can either meet up or get an idea of what’s going on! Feel free to share any money saving tips or things people should know about EVO/Vegas, and I’ll update this post with more information.