NymthaeOpen to suggestions here, if i55 happens, I need to know what to try and ask for.
I was going to stick this on ETF2L, but seeing as you are here.
I went for the day thinking that I'd be able to watch some TF2 on a mini stage at the venue, or at least get some TF2-ness from the whole thing, it being the only international relevant event there. In actual fact outside of the TF2 basement (which you can't get in without a black weekend pass thing) there is nothing TF2,.. it is like it isn't even there (my TF2 experience was talking to War briefly, and Kkaltuu until it started raining*).
So ... I'm thinking that a mini-stage in the actual Expo area would be a good shout. Day visitors can see TF2 being played, with the likes of Admirable and Lange broadcasting it is exciting to watch and maybe we'll pull in some new fans. The Shawshank Redemption shitty pipe dream is that crowds = fans, fans = eyeballs, eyeballs = sponsors; you put the atmosphere that is on the current mini-stage in the expo hall next to all those potential sponsors, maybe we sway some of them...
Now I'm sure the LoL and Dota stages in the expo arena cost actual money, I'd be interested to know what floor space costs, and to figure out the logistics of getting the rest together, give that the community already puts together its own mini-stage. (for extra clarification I'm talking about putting my own money in here)
*I had also gone to check the venue out for running my own events there so it wasn't a wasted day, but the icing on the cake of being able to enjoy some TF2 was stolen from me.