As a spectator I loved the new venue. I hope they stay there. Pros: Easy access to different rooms as all is on one floor No wait for an elevator or stairs to climb as at old venue Real sunlight Great view of the river Very good value of the tickets. I was surprised that the prices weren't higher Comp ran on time and organization was excellent as always. I was expecting minor problems as they get used to the new venue The proximity of the practice floor to the real floor and the concession stand is probably a big plus for competitors. There's a coat check on the way to the floor. I don't remember there being a coat check on the way to the floor at the old venue. Better backgrounds for picture taking The projector screen was right next to the VIP tables so it was really easy to see what's coming next The floor and screen were also visible from the VIP reception area, so you could keep track of the comp, while enjoying the comfort provided there, without having to endure all of the noise of the comp. It was great for taking a break from the noise and excitement of it all The VIP reception is closer to the tables at the new venue compared to the old. Also there were real waiters this time and dedicated staff to pouring drinks and carrying food The catering provided was much better than before. It was good before but now it exceeded all expectations Cons During the Friday evening session the room with the dance floor was freezing. You could see the audience and judges wearing their winter coats. On Saturday it seemed better but I still heard some people complain. Perhaps it was outside of the organizers' control at the time and the venue management just screwed things up. Compared to the old location, the subway is a bit farther away, so there's more walking. Not really a problem for me but for some it probably is. Also cabs get confused on how to enter venue. I should remember to read the directions next time.