The first full day of Championship is going great! Matches have started smoothly, teams are flowing through inspection, and you can feel the energy in the air. Since all 400 teams are here, we did not need to change the schedule from the preliminary versions released Monday.
I recognize the disappointment teams have expressed with only getting eight qualification matches at Championship. I was disappointed, also. I would have liked to get in nine. However, we have full data on cycle times at every event during the regular season, and attempting to fit in nine matches in the time we have was unlikely to work. I also believe attempting to expand the scheduled time available in some way would have put us at risk of running in to issues that would have lowered the quality of the experience for many. This decision was not easy for me to make, but I still believe it was the correct one.
I'll blog again soon.