Just wanted to get opinions about Illinois as an NCAA tennis host. I have a rooting interest for them to host again since I live 75 minutes away. I went to the team final on Tuesday and heard a lot of positive comments. The facilites are outstanding and user-friendly. The 12 competition courts, along with 8 additional practice courts and 6 indoor courts all in a compact setting is fantastic. Locker facilites, court surface, lights, all great. There is easily room to expand seating should they host again. The 12 compeititon courts are arranged in two sets of six courts which run parallel to each other, with a wide pedestrian walkway in between. All of the competition courts have rows of built in seats behind the courts. Behind the permanent seats are a flat area where people can stand. That flat area can accomodate temporary grandstands/bleachers for even more seating. This year, such temporary seating was installed behind the permanent seats on the center two courts of each set of six courts. Clearly, this could also be done on additional courts. Not to mention that there is room, though it's probably not necessary, to install such seating on the other side of the courts where there was no seating this year. Basically, there are a lot of options, though the capacity this year seemed to be fine (doubt Champaign-Urbana would ever get the crowds that UGA, for example, would). Champaign-Urbana may not be the most scenic, interesting place in the world, but it's compact (making travel to and from hotel very easy), and has enough decent places to eat and drink for competitors and fans. I found parking to be incredibly easy (and free!) and everyone was friendly and helpful. Basically, IMO, the University of Illinois aced the test and, should they want to host again, should definitely get a bid. I'm not saying they should necessarily host as much as Georgia or Stanford, just that they should be somewhere in the hosting cycle. The one negative that people have talked about was the weather. Not so much precipitation - that happens everywhere. But, the consistent wind (which was surprisingly consistent over the first week). I live in central Illinois and I can say that while wind is a reality and always a possiblity, it isn't always quite as windy as it was this week. There are actual still days, believe or not. [Is the wind an issue at Tulsa, A&M?] My friend who grew up in South Carolina told me that when it's not raining in the South, it's generally pretty still and that is the one big weather advantage for a place like Georgia (not lack of rain, not temperature). As I predicted, the NCAAs has seen it all in terms of weather. Fairly warm/hot (mid, upper 80s) to start the tournament, wind, sunny conditions, overcast conditions, rain, and big temperature changes (today is only in the low 60s, while Monday's finals are supposed to be sunny and high 70s or low 80s). So, that's frustrating, but I don't think it should prevent Illinois from hosting again.