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Betsy
January 30th, 2012, 11:54 AM
What's going on with the Gold Medal Sponsorship for Spring Nationals? Last spring it was $75. This year it is $175. I don't understand why it would go up so much. I am having a hard time imagining what could be worth that much.

pwb
January 30th, 2012, 12:20 PM
What's going on with the Gold Medal Sponsorship for Spring Nationals? Last spring it was $75. This year it is $175. I don't understand why it would go up so much. I am having a hard time imagining what could be worth that much.I'm with you. I'll be Silver this year, I believe.

rxleakem
January 30th, 2012, 01:07 PM
I'm new here:
What is the benefit for sponsorship?

swimmieAvsFan
January 30th, 2012, 03:27 PM
What's going on with the Gold Medal Sponsorship for Spring Nationals? Last spring it was $75. This year it is $175. I don't understand why it would go up so much. I am having a hard time imagining what could be worth that much.

Betsy, I think it has something to do with contracts with the catering company who is doing the food (if I'm remembering correctly). Even still, that had better be some stellar food.

What concerns me more than the GMS cost this meet is the line in the meet info that says no outside food or drink is to be brought into the venue. Is that going to be enforced? For some of us, there are a very limited number of things that won't cause digestive issues during a meet, and something tells me no matter how good the catering is (and how good the other food services are) folks aren't going to be able to find the food and drinks they know they can consume without issue.

That Guy
January 30th, 2012, 03:53 PM
Is that going to be enforced?

Anyone who attempts to use the water fountain will be flogged.

The Fortress
January 30th, 2012, 05:01 PM
Betsy, I think it has something to do with contracts with the catering company who is doing the food (if I'm remembering correctly). Even still, that had better be some stellar food.

What concerns me more than the GMS cost this meet is the line in the meet info that says no outside food or drink is to be brought into the venue. Is that going to be enforced? For some of us, there are a very limited number of things that won't cause digestive issues during a meet, and something tells me no matter how good the catering is (and how good the other food services are) folks aren't going to be able to find the food and drinks they know they can consume without issue.

I haven't read the announcement, but does that mean no outside food brought in by other vendors or swimmers? It must be the former. There is no way swimmers aren't going to bring their own snacks and gus and whatnot. Will their be bag searches? lol

I'm bummed it's so high too because I like to get the GMS for drinks, lunch, etc. But I hadn't planned to breakfast and sleep there ...

waterman
January 30th, 2012, 05:59 PM
under the nationals section the discussion of entries for spring nationals sandy rouseau explains the deal with the 175 dollar gold medal sponsorship. at other nationals i believe the gold medal sponsor ship actually contributed something to usms and/or the team sponsoring the meet. evidently this year that will not be so. i agree that it's hard to imagine a bunch of swimmers not bringing their own snacks and water - i am not sure what the silver medal sponsor ship is for....dinner with the officials .....we usually get the gold medal sponsorship if only to not have to schlep water and snacks but not this year.....i think it will be the same at omaha and then perhaps back to "normal."

ElaineK
January 30th, 2012, 09:05 PM
I agree with all of the posts here. $175 is too high for our budget. Besides, when you work out the cost per meal and snack, it's ridiculous. I also feel it is ridiculous for them to think swimmers won't bring in their own food. We want to stick with what we know works, rather than take our chances with what we might find at the concessions. I'm sure the concessions will be ridiculously expensive, as well. :2cents:

bjcarter
January 30th, 2012, 10:34 PM
I've tried to explore what options for eating might be outside of the venue via google maps. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance but not a lot. When traveling a great distance to swim meets I must admit it's rather nice to not have to worry about at least two of your meals and snacks for each day of the trip. On the other hand, if not many people chose this option due to cost, there the fear that the catering could suffer to save on cost. I'm on the fence...

I know this might make a few eye's roll but if the organizers have the info available, perhaps they could let us know who the caterer is and what a typical menu might be. Forty plus dollars a day for Breakfast and Lunch and snacks is rather steep but I'm betting others could be sold on the idea given some perspective and the ability to weigh convenience and product versus cost...

waterman
January 31st, 2012, 08:09 AM
it's closer to 60 dollars a day if you don't come in on thursday for the distance events....

Betsy
January 31st, 2012, 01:51 PM
Hill has posted an explanation in another thread. It is very clear.
I am not sure what I will do.

ElaineK
January 31st, 2012, 03:00 PM
Hill has posted an explanation in another thread. It is very clear.
I am not sure what I will do.

Besides ignoring Geek's last post, I know what I will do: Not purchase a Gold Medal Sponsorship. Because of what we will already be spending for gas, hotel room and dinners, we feel our budget for this event is maxed out. I purchased the Gold Medal Sponsorship last year and will do it again at future Nationals, if it's affordable.

Meanwhile, the question, as Fort posed it, remains: Are they going to search our bags? :worms:

Edit: I just noticed Geek's post has been removed from the thread...

Rob Copeland
January 31st, 2012, 03:21 PM
Meanwhile, the question, as Fort posed it, remains: Are they going to search our bags? :worms:I suggest you email one of the co-meet director’s. They should be able to provide answers to your questions. Their contact information can be found in the Nasional’s section of the web site.

swimmieAvsFan
January 31st, 2012, 03:43 PM
I suggest you email one of the co-meet director’s. They should be able to provide answers to your questions. Their contact information can be found in the Nasional’s section of the web site.

Rob, I think the reason people are still asking here is because Hill started a thread about the cost of the sponsorship and completely ignored the bulk of the questions in the thread (the outside food/drink). It's really not that outrageous to assume Hill would come back to answer that question, is it?

Also, if I had realized that this question would start such a hullabaloo, I wouldn't have asked in the first place. It's also interesting to note that at least some folks on Championship didn't know about the clause in the meet info...

Rob Copeland
January 31st, 2012, 03:55 PM
I donít disagree with the reasons for any of the follow-up questions.

However, you may not have noticed Hillís post count (7). Hill is not a frequent poster/visitor on the forum. Iím sure his post today was in response to a direct call or email.

And to be honest, there is a good chance Hill does not know the answer to the question. I assume the venue has the right to search the bags of anyone entering the building. If they choose to do so is not up to Don or Hill.

pwb
January 31st, 2012, 05:29 PM
As an entrepreneur, I'm smelling a great market opportunity here. Maybe I need to do a little market research, stuff my rental car with desired items, hire a few local kids from the HS cross-country teams and agree to provide food at the door to the facility on demand. Yes, swimmers would have to walk outside the facility, but I guess the facility kind of wants to treat swimmers who are focused on their health and their dietary needs like smokers -- don't you dare bring in those homemade, gluten free, bran power-muffins! Outside with thee!

The Fortress
January 31st, 2012, 05:45 PM
Rob, I think the reason people are still asking here is because Hill started a thread about the cost of the sponsorship and completely ignored the bulk of the questions in the thread (the outside food/drink). It's really not that outrageous to assume Hill would come back to answer that question, is it?

No, there should be clarification well in advance of the meet. We are not watching a sporting event or attending a convention. We are actual athletes. I think it would be per se unreasonable to not permit us to bring in personalized food/race nutrition. If I had to subsist on the GMS food from Auburn, I would've passed out from starvation or malnutrition.

I will likely fork over the $$$ for convenience and lunch. But I still plan to bring some of my "race food."

Allen Stark
February 2nd, 2012, 04:56 PM
I'll eat breakfast 2-3 hr before my first event,often at the hotel as they seem to generally have complimentary breakfasts.At the meet I subsist on Heed and Lara bars until I finish my events.I may go to the GMS area to snack a little on fruit and visit with friends.After my last event,or between events if there is a long break I'll get a big meal at the GMS area(unless it was Auburn where they were down to crumbs by then). I thought of GMS as a fun convenience and if the food was a little overpriced,well the $ went to the local club.
Here the $ doesn't go to the local club and $175 for convenience only works if they throw in a personal valet(Jeeves,I'm conserving my energy for the 200,please be so kind as to carry me to the block.)