Firstly, you cannot control what other teams do in their hotel rooms. As for my playing experience, I played briefly at the "A" level and can't say with any certainty that I felt intimidated because of where I was playing.
As far as answering your questions, this is what I can offer:
1) It is not only about avoiding negative impact; it is about fostering a positive one. One can't say for sure whether the Festival would be better or worse else where but from someone who likes it where it is, I say keep it in Whitby.
2) I'm not convinced the Festival drastically grows the game anywhere in Ontario. There is no doubt that there is an economic impact but unless you are already a lacrosse person I can't see you attending any games on pure whim. Granted, I don't have any numbers to back that up but I can't see it being too far off the mark.
3) I don't think this question even needs answering. I will, however, say that it was likely a collaboration on the part of the OLA Executive.
4) I doubt this very much so. It seems ridiculous to think that anyone would even suggest this because their provincial championships are not held where they would like them to be. In the off chance this does happen, it will be an inferior league that will struggle greatly with membership.
My suggestion is to put on your spiffiest outfit and head over the AGM in a months time, only a short drive for you, and pitch these points the those in attendance. I may even be there to listen on.
Posted on Oct 4, 2011, 5:32 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168