Can someone please tell me why the AIA has decided to move the Division VI playoff games to Prescott? I cannot see any rational reasoning to support this change!
First you have location: Of the 33 D-6 teams that could have played in these games only 9 of them are closer to Prescott than the Phoenix area. Only 3 of the 12 teams that made the playoffs are closer to Prescott, and only 1 of the 4 teams in this year’s semi-finals is closer (~40 minutes closer). The other 3 teams all have to drive almost 2 hours further to get to Prescott.
Then you have logistic: Access to hotels, restaurants, and shopping in the Phoenix area is 10 times better than the limited resources in Prescott. Last year during state basketball playoffs you couldn’t find a room in Prescott and had to wait an hour+ to eat. In addition, a lot of folks that live in outlying towns have relatives or friends that live in the Phoenix area where they could stay. These same relatives or friends would also probably come to the games if they are close by, but may not if they have to drive 2 hours and sit in the cold, which brings up the last point.
Weather: I checked the weather forecast for Prescott and Mesa. At 6:00 tomorrow night it is expected to be 40 degrees in Prescott and feel like 35. In Mesa at the same time it is expected to be 61, and feel like 61. Who wants to play, or watch a football game, in 35 degree weather when they could be doing it in 61 degree weather? When you add in the possibility that you could get snowed on in Prescott this time of year it just makes you wonder WHY?????????
For years the AIA had playoff games in the Phoenix area. It worked!!! Why did they have to screw it up?