|Nov 08, 2012, 10:09 PM|
Hotels, Directions, etc
There are a lot of hotels in the area. Check Madison, Geneva, Austinburg, Ashtabula.
Austinburg is one exit east of the event on I-90 (about 5 miles away) and there are some decent places there. There is a "Motel-6", a gas station, two fast-food places and a restaurant right across the street from the venue. The event is located on interstate 90 at the Rt 534 exit (Geneva). Unfortunately we were not able to secure any special rates this year from any of the places in the area..
You can use this link and see a map, with a list of all the hotels in the area, provided by GOOGLE.
The event is located at the "A".
|Nov 09, 2012, 05:49 AM|
|Nov 13, 2012, 10:46 PM|
Directions / map
Guys, please click on this link to see a map. The SPIRE institute is a giant sports facility located right at the Geneva Ohio exit on Interstate 90. Look for the intersecton of Rt 534 and I-90, and you'll see "Spire" there.
You can use the map to zoom in or out, to see where it's located in relation to where you are (just keep zooming out!
From the SPIRE website, here are directions:
Go East on I-90. Exit off the Geneva Exit (exit #218 on Rt. 534). Take a left at the light heading north. SPIRE entrance will be on your right.
Go West on I-90. Exit off the Geneva Exit (exit #218 on Rt. 534). Take a right off the exit heading north. SPIRE entrance will be on your right.
Take PA Turnpike to OH Turnpike. Take first exit marked 680 towards Youngstown. The road will take you around Youngstown and then exit 680 onto Route 711 at exit 3a. Route 711 then turns into Route 11. Stay on Route 11 about 40 miles until you hit I-90 and take that west for two exits to the Geneva Exit (exit #218 on Rt. 534). Take a right off the exit heading north. SPIRE entrance will be on your right.
Also please check the next post.
|Nov 13, 2012, 11:02 PM|
Where the heck IS the event located??
Yeah Spire is a really big place. It's like a college campus.
Check out this link, there is a MAP of the campus and some REALLY cool pics of the facility.
When you enter from Rt 534 (bottom left on the map) you will be driving in on an access road and you'll see several large buildings on the left. (that's NOT where we are). The first one you'll see is the "Field and Courts" building (marked #1 on the map), they have volleyball, basketball, tennis and other stuff going on in there. Then there is an outdoor football field and stadium (#2 on the map)
You will reach an intersection and there will be a large building in front of you. (#4 on the map) This is the Aquatic Center and the FUEL cafeteria is located inside. Go around the RIGHT of the traffic circle, continue straight ahead and the parking lot becomes gravel (they're not done yet). Look for the signs pointing towards the BANQUET HALL. You will be driving all the way to the back, and the road will make a LEFT turn going around the aquatic building.
Then you will continue and you'll see another very large building coming up on the left, that is the "INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD" house and "BANQUET HALL". This is #3 on the map and this is where the HEF is located. There is parking for 5000 cars on the right side.
You can unload at the entrance but YOU CANNOT LEAVE YOUR CAR THERE.
Do NOT park in front of orange cones. That's a fire lane.
The parking lot at the end of the road is for vendors only.
We do have a designated area for handicapped parking (you need a permit in your car). That area is on the left, just as you get to the building. (that is between bldg3 and bldg 4 on the map, and you'll have your own entrance)
|Nov 16, 2012, 10:17 AM|
Om, NOM NOM NOM NOM Flying makes you hungry.
I thought I would talk about this subject so you can know what to expect.
First of all - inside the HEF:
There is a concession area in the center of the grandstand area directly behind the main flight line. It's hard to see until you're there, because it's about 4 feet below the main floor level... but it's there. This is a typical stand that you'd expect at a stadium. They have natchos, hot dogs, snacks, soft drinks, that kind of thing. They're GOOD hot dogs too, not crappy ones. I don't remember for sure but they are serving either "Nathans" or "Hebrew National", sorry can't remember for sure. They also have some "healthy items" too but I can't vouch for that! LOL
We cannot allow any food or drink on the track & field area (where we are flying, and where the vendors are). Thank you for your understanding!
There is a 2000-seat banquet hall upstairs overlooking the field. One day we hope to have our own dinner there! This area is for private parties and so on, and won't be open during HEF. You can go up there and eat your lunch in the balcony if you wish!!
Secondly - the FUEL cafeteria. This place is in the aquatics building next door.
The management needed a place to handle a crowd - and so they have this giant cafeteria. The seating area can handle 350 but it has two levels to handle even larger groups. The serving area is set up with "stations" so there are multiple options to pick from. In other words, there is a station for pizza, one for sandwiches, one for a burger grill, one for pasta, one for salad, one for soup, one for fruit, one AWESOME one for dessert ... you get the idea. The food is meant to tailor to an athlete's needs so everything is labeled with nutritional information. Each station is very modern and has the gourmet touch. Helpful Chefs with white uniforms and hats make your entree on marble counters while you watch. The salad bar has dozens of items to pick from, including home-made dressings. The prices are not super cheap, it's "moderate". Don't get me wrong it's NOT like eating at a high-school cafeteria. Think "dinner prices" instead of "fast food prices". They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But it IS a cafeteria, so there are no waiters and you have to bus your own table... over to the super cool ROBOTIC tray-handling conveyor...
OK don't take my word for it, please see this article that was in the local paper.
OUTSIDE the Spire Institute, there is a McDonalds, a Wendy's, a Pizza Hut, and a nice restaurant called "CHOPS". There's also a bar down the street but I don't know anything about that, so I won't say anything.
|Nov 27, 2012, 05:26 AM|
United States, NY, Buffalo
Joined Nov 2010
Motel 6 Geneva recommended?
Has anyone stayed at the Motel 6 at the Geneva exit?
If so would you recommend it?
Is it a clean place?
Just looking for a cheap clean place to spend the night.
|Nov 29, 2012, 07:38 AM|
Joined Aug 2010
|Nov 29, 2012, 11:55 AM|
Joined Feb 2006
Double the money but I'm back at the Hampton!
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