Quoted from Whysnow:
Any tips to share from those that were there in past years?
So far I was told:
bring a small folding chair
bring a mat to stand on and good shoes
sit often and from the start
Any pre-event stuff to do on Wednesday?
We actually get into Pitt on Monday morn.
The floor mat thing may end up more trouble than it's worth. Not all players will want it there, so you'll be picking it up and putting it down a lot. If that's ok, then full speed ahead.
I haven't had a chair either year. Last year the number of available chairs was greatly increased, and in most banks they were near by - not everywhere, but only a few of the rows left you wanting a place to sit. Having your own small portable is a guarantee though. I did ok both years sitting down between rounds. If you're not playing with A division players, the rounds usually end early enough that you have almost an hour between on the non-lunch-break rounds.
There's a local pin-golf tournament on the day before - but some people who have done it regretted it Thursday morning because it ran late and is at a bar, so there's drinking. If you're not all that serious about a good night sleep before rounds start Thursday you might want to check that out. In the non pinball category, there's Kayak rentals on the river right near the convention center that Jay tried to talk me into last year when we had time to kill. If that's your sort of thing. There's also rental bikes for the downtown area. Since you're going to have a few days it's worth it to go up the 'mountain' one of the evenings for the view of downtown. There's some restaurants up there, and a big public overlook thing.