Quoted from pinlink:
Also, I bet 95% of people at the show had no idea a tournament was happening. That is a problem.
The organizers of the show, the tournament directors, volunteers, and techs put so much hard work into running one of the best tournaments in the world at TPF. Top players from around the world come for the tournament. And it was hidden from the general public.
The #1 player in the world won the tournament in one of the most exciting finishes I have seen live. I hate that people missed out on that.
We always try to find ways to promote competitive pinball and get people excited/interested in it. Every TPF prior I have had multiple people come up to me and ask "what is going on here, is this a pinball tournament?" as they walk through the door and see a large group of people cheering and watching the finals on a projector. This was the opposite of promotion. It needs to change. Period.
Everyone really cares about the tournament, knows about it. It's all over the TPF website, advertising if you want to compete in classics and what not. If I was paying to come for the day by myself or with my family, I would not pay to watch other people play, but play games myself. It didn't need more promotion. Wizards had a large wait list. There's a lot going on at TPF and you could make the same argument for seminar exposure, etc.
Moving to another room was a smart move and I'm sure the players appreciated having that hallway right there as well. Chicago Expo had it in the hallway last year. They could possibly do that (but worry about being able to lock the games at night).