Originally Posted by chalkflewup
1. Make it a 2 week event hosted at multiple locations within one country (a la March Madness).
Would people in, Dallas, Texas, come out to see Kazakhstan vs. Austria? And would the crowd be fired up?
If there were only one host country for the whole event, the only way to get high attendance would be to put it all at one venue and give people a choice of what to watch. The downside, as mentioned before, is it would turn into a regular tournament.
What makes DC so fun are the rabidly nationalistic home crowds. That's going to be lost if there's only one host nation.