I got to the tournament, paid $10 for parking, and made my way inside. It's a pretty big place, not as big as the venue for the World's, but still pretty big. There were all the usual stands -- Atama, Jiu-Jitsu Pro Gear, Keiko, Vulkan, Gracie Mag, the Brazilian BBQ, and the Acai ice cream with granola and sliced bananas on it (soooo good!). I took a couple pictures and then started trying to find the stand to pick up my event t-shirt. I wanted to get my t-shirt right away because there were already a lot of people there and I didn't want them to run out of size small. At last year's World's I had to get a medium that I don't even wear :( Eventually I found it -- downstairs in the competitors area. I had never seen a line so long to get a shirt! I was a little worried they wouldn't have my size, but after standing there for 45 minutes I found out they did!!
I went back upstairs and found a good seat to settle in at for the day. I watched hours of matches and finally left the tournament a little after 4:00pm. It wasn't over yet but most of the blue belts were done and the next 3 hours of the schedule were supposed to be white belts. I did want to see the blue belt male open division but it wasn't scheduled until 7:00pm and I just didn't want to sit through all those white belts to see it. My drive back to my hotel is supposed to only take 15-20 minutes and it took me an HOUR! Ugh, traffic was so bad.
Now I think I am going to head over to the 24 Hour Fitness and do a little cardio and kill some time!