Oh No! Damage to the Columbus Convention Center

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  1. Heatherdu

    Heatherdu New Member

    Hi All! This story is still developing but I thought I would post it as many will be interested. Columbus, OH was hit by these wild and crazy January thunderstorms last night. It appears that the wind or something related to the storm has caused a huge water main break directly beneath the Columbus Convention Center. Initial reports say that there appears to be structural damage. Hopefully, things will look better once the water is cleaned up and I really hope that this is all a distant memory by Origins.

    This link contains an article, video, and photos ->


    Here is an update from the Columbus Dispatch at least it seems that there is no danger of collapse....

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  2. It will never be ready in time. So lets move Nationals to Texas. Ya'all come.
  3. secretsof2113

    secretsof2113 Moderator Trader Feedback Mod

    Wow. and we were just there this weekend at Ohayocon. I'm glad it happened AFTER that was all said and done. But I think they'll get it all taken care of in time.
  4. TheDarkTwins

    TheDarkTwins Active Member

    Wow, way to be positive. I think right now that if they really didnt think that it would be ready in 5+ months that we would be notified as soon as possible so we could change our plans.

  5. PokePop

    PokePop Administrator

    Meadowlands in Secaucus NJ!
    Bring back the STS!
  6. ryanvergel

    ryanvergel New Member

    Let's move it to Orlando and have a pre-worlds worlds.
  7. ShawofMordor

    ShawofMordor New Member

    I think he was kidding.

    I better get a refund on my badge though, if it has to be held somewhere else.

    My vote is for Secaucus also, or some place cool to visit.
  8. Heatherdu

    Heatherdu New Member

    On the midday news, the reporter said that they now feel that there was not structural damage (thank goodness!). If I understood it correctly, the support columns were actually made to float off the floor in such an emergency and that is what they did. One person described some of those columns as looking like uprooted trees - the ground around them were all raised and buckled. The first damage estimates are in the millions for flooring and walls and that at least the main exhibit hall will be closed until February or March. There is supposed to be a news conference later this afternoon.
  9. Hiro

    Hiro New Member

    Well that stinks. I am sure GAMA is going crazy about what happen, and are hopping for a quick reslove. I doubt they will move Nat's unless the Convention Center cant hold Origins, it might be months away, but plans, and everything are already in place.
  10. pokeMATHter

    pokeMATHter Active Member

    From the pictures, it looks like the area where the TCG tournaments are held was damaged. Hopefully in six months they can get everything working again. If not, there is always the Washington State Convention Center - nice and close to the OP headquarters...
  11. JandPDS

    JandPDS New Member

    Wow POP could save a ton of money.....

    Think about it, what if Nationals for the US was held in the same city as Worlds, just one weekend earlier.
    No longer any need to give the US winners paid trips to worlds as they would already be there.

    Us players could play in Nationals one weekend, and the next play in the Ginder and have fun at worlds.
    Outstanding idea Ryanvergel.
  12. GinoLombardi21

    GinoLombardi21 New Member

    I respect everywhere pokemon has held their biggest events. I've been to nationals once and I hated that experience. When I was In Anaheim California which some parts of the area were under reconstruction and my cards got stolen that tournament and the place where it was held was the best event i've ever been to. Last years Hawaii's event I disliked even more then nationals mainly because the prices of items and nothing around the place.

    Ive been playing this card game for almost 4 years now and when I couldnt attend events I heard they were a blast such as CA & FLR worlds and when I finally could attend events for some reason the places are like really odd to hold them. Im looking forward to Orlando Floridas World Championship this year. I heard its the same location in 04' which was amazing. Also how come none of these big events Nationals or Worlds have never been considered in New England or even down South like texas?
  13. Cardzmaster2004

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    I've no doubt the Convention center will be up and running by the time Origins rolls around. It will take about five months of pretty much steady work to get ready, but the GCCC people should have it up in time. If Origins needs to be moved, I'm not exactly sure where it would go since so many people have already made travel and hotel accomodations already for the event. there are other convention centers in Ohio, but I'm not sure if anything is large enough in the Columbus area to hold all of Origins. there are some places up around Cleveland I'm aware of b/c of OMEA, but I know the cincy Conv. Center isn't large enough on its own. Any other Ohioan want to chime in on this?
  14. deogg

    deogg New Member

    According the the articles Heatherdu posted, if they have events with 10K+ people that are still going to go as planned in just a couple of weeks, then the geek invasion in June should go off without a hitch.
  15. secretsof2113

    secretsof2113 Moderator Trader Feedback Mod

    Think about it this way...the convention center is going to lose a ton of money if they don't get it fixed quickly. I highly doubt they are going to lollygag when it comes to getting everything set back up for the center to be used. Living two hours away from this place...I'm glad to be able to have easy access to such a large tournament.
  16. Chairman Kaga

    Chairman Kaga Active Member

    One word: insurance.

    They'll be fine.
  17. Heatherdu

    Heatherdu New Member

    Yes, all will be fine. Now that the water has receded and people were allowed to go in and look around, the damage estimate is US$200,000 (insurance will cover US$100,000). They plan to have everything completed by the end of February when they will host a different mega conference - the Arnold Sports Festival. This is actually wonderful news because when I originally started this thread yesterday morning the reporters were interviewing firemen who said that they were very concerned that one of the wings (the one where Nationals is held) was going to collapse. They were evacuating the convention center and preparing the hotel and nearby businesses for evacuation as well. So really, the mainly cosmetic damage that was found is the best case scenario.
  18. SHPanda

    SHPanda New Member

    Sweet, we get to see new carpet at nationals.
  19. bulbasnore

    bulbasnore Administrator Staff Member Trader Feedback Mod

    Wait, there was carpet? My feet don't remember any carpet.
  20. SHPanda

    SHPanda New Member

    i meant carpet in the convention center. the tcg hall is still a hard cold floor :p
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