Okay, I know I hardly ever post on this forum, and I’m pretty much non-existent in the Seattle community, but please hear me out. I’m trying to garner interest, and wondering what you guys think:
I’m wondering how much effort it would take to hold a tournament in Seattle that’s on par with some of the other major tournaments in the states, such as So Cal Regionals or Seasons Beatings. In just a couple of months, I’ll be moving out of the country once again. Before I leave, I’d like to contribute to the community somehow. I’ve always wondered why we couldn’t bring some top players over for SSFIV.
Now some of this information might be a no brainer to some of you guys, so my apologies if it is: I was on the Traveling Circus website the other day, and was intrigued when I saw the option to have Tokido come to your local tournament. I contacted the booking staff, and they told me that they would be able to waive his booking fees. All we would have to cover would be his plane ticket and hotel. They told me that they would also be able to get a hold of Mago, and that they have just signed Toxy from Australia, and could send him our way as well. I know AIR is interested in coming down to Seattle if we hold a major tourney, and I’m sure he can get scrubbydan and other top players from Canada to come down.
As far as venues are concerned, I’m currently working at Red Lion hotel in downtown Seattle. I’ve talked with my sales department, and they said they’d be willing to give me a 20% discount off the ball room and a block of rooms for out of towners. I feel this is a pretty desirable location, since it’s right in the heart of Seattle.
What I’m hoping for is to have our tournament spike enough interest to get some of the top Cali players to come up to Seattle. If we get enough signups, maybe we’d even be able to bring over the Beast himself.
Now this is where I ask the community for help: I have no prior experience organizing tournaments. I know some of you here have lots of experience organizing events. How many of you would like to see my idea come into fruition? I’m very passionate about this, and would love to see it happen before I leave the country.
I mean, how awesome would it be to say that we were able to have the likes of Tokido, Mago, Justin Wong, etc. at a tourney here in Seattle? Heck, I might even try to contact Laugh in Korea, to see if we can get him, Poongko, and Infiltration to fly over to Seattle. Perhaps I’m being far too optimistic, but it doesnt hurt to try I guess. Of course, to get all these top players to come, we would need to have a pretty hefty grand prize. I’m sure registration money wouldn’t be enough to cover it all. Any ideas?
Anyhow, let me know what you guys think. Time wise, I’m looking to hold this around March or April. I’m not sure if two/three months would be enough to organize a tournament (probably not), but I thought I’d ask anyways. Would anyone from the community be willing to give me a hand? If this isn’t a realistic time frame, I’d still be supportive of making it happen, even if it’s after I leave the country. I would still be willing to give a helping hand in bringing some top players from around the world over, and securing a venue.