Sorry i had to make this poll - it appears that i'm unable to reply to existing topics or create new ones, but for some reason making a poll works.
I should make it clear that i am not going to decide where the 2010 championships will be, nor do i know if i will be a part in it. However if i were i would want the following information:
1. Floor Plan: Even among the majority of table tennis players, i find that most people underestimate the amount of space required for a given number of courts.
I think it's important to see floor plans for the gymnasiums that will be used. The floor plan should include dimensions and distinguish between (a) usable playing surface, (b) non-playable surface but usable for walkways or to add seating, © seating area not usable for walkway.
Dimensions are better than nothing, but they don't tell the whole story. For example at rochester this year, the gym was 220x300 ft, but the actual usable court space was more like 124x240 ft; the rest of the space was used for staff, spectators, etc. Different gyms have different shapes, lighting patterns, etc.
Note that while nctta specifies a minimum number of tables and court size (16 tables at 18x36 plus 8 practice tables), in my opinion this is the absolute bare minimum and rather tight, and also doesn't account for necessary walkways or coach/spectator areas. Being able to use larger courts (for example ITTF regulations specify 23x46) or more than 16 tables is not a requirement, but in my opinion would make things better.
2. Oops, no #2. One is enough i guess.
Thank you Kagin, these are all valid comments.
Others including the 3 bidders should feel free to make comments on here.
We want to keep conversation about the championships as open as possible.
Willy, as Kagin's question about venue floorplans is a good one, I'd recommend posting this question directly in the message topic for each bid, then emailing each potential host organization to let them know that questions have been asked in the online forum.
Chances are, since there wasn't much activity for several weeks, they stopped checking for updates.