Oh, I havent laughed that hard in a long time. Sure..Just put people who are vital to keeping the convention functioning or enjoyable far away from the convention.
Staff? Available? Pshaw, who needs them. Conventions run themselves, Right? If an emergency happens and an off site person is needed, having them 15 iles away is no problem. Its really worth the handful of rooms it frees up.*
Pesky exhibitors who form an important part of the convention draw, they should be glad they aren't kept in cages on site. Surely they wouldn't resent being kept far away from the convention? I mean, its not like they are paying a lot for floor space, or have important items on site, events to coordinate and other buisness to do that can vary crazily. Nope, a rock solid bankers hours group if there ever was one.*
Volunteers? Not sure if they get downtown rooms, at least until they are Captains and such. But I'm sure a rule forbididng volunteers from using downtown hotels would be a great recruiting incentive.*
*=Sarcasm Mode Active.
Wow. Just wow.
Tens of thousands of gamers every year who don't stay downtown have a great time. Yeesh. Packing in at best, a few hundred more downtown, at the cost of crippling some of the essential human infrastructure of the convention, resulting in less fun for everyone, isn't worth it.