How Can PirateFest Be Better In 2012?

Everyone  loves PiratesFest.  But all events should be reflected upon to improve them for the future.  It had its best attendance ever.  Cool.  Let’s keep growing it together.  We put together a list of improvements we would like to see.  If you have one, drop it in the comments.   

**Renegotiate the contract with David L. Lawrence.  Make them cough up more meeting space on a complimentary basis.  Seriously….what convention is coming to the Burgh the third week in January.  This weekend, the rooms next to the space used for PirateFest were empty.  Why not call them up and add those in for 2012.  The additional space has several uses:

1. Expanded seating. 

2.  Improved navigation as the lines can be outrageous.  More space will widen those aisles up.  Think shopping at Target.

3.  More vendors could attend.

**  The owners of the minor league clubs should spice up their booth.  Perhaps have merchandise, uniforms or here is a crazy idea, video of the ballpark!

**  Is it against the rules to have minor league players at the minor league booths?

**  Drop a rope when it’s apparent that people in the back of the line aren’t going to make it for the autograph…or designate a number of autographs…..reading some of the Tweets and facebook posts about fans being stood up for autographs sucked.

**  Why couldn’t Pirates fans attend PiratesFest virtually?  We still think getting all of the quality content–the interviews, the player interaction, and the dynamics of PirateFest to the fanbase via a medium that can be viewed on cell phones is crucial.  Everyone is on the move.  TV, radio, print doesn’t do it.  Drive it to new media.

** We believe the location of the main stage is strange.  It’s in the corner which from a sheer location standpoint creates inherent problems.  Move that stage front and center.  It would allow people standing in line something to enjoy rather than staring at the back of an Ian Snell jersey for 90 minutes.

**  If changes are made with the attendees in mind, PirateFest can continue to grow behind anyone’s wildest dreams.  But if it’s kept status quo such as people standing to eat while adjacent meeting space lies empty, someone needs their head examined.

Drop your wishlist item in the comments below, you probably have better ones that we didn’t even think about…we just might pick one and send you something. 

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