Posted 09 August 2011 - 12:32 PM
Regarding 2013, I have two words:
In addition to having more seats than you could shake a stick at (over 100,000 total, at least 30-40,000 on whichever side they pick to be "home"), Knoxville, TN is 40 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (one of my favorite places in the world). There is also a pretty decent amusement park (Dollywood), lots of hotels and restaurants, and plenty of other things to do. Plus, Knoxville is within a day's drive of 65% of the U.S. population. And on the way, you may pass through Nashville, Louisville/Lexington, Roanoke/DC, Asheville, and/or Atlanta/Chattanooga, all of which have TONS of cool things to do. Their airport is big enough to land any airplane in existence (thanks to sharing the runways with a U.S. Air Force Base)
Knoxville is used to big crowds (100,000+ several times a year) and they already have traffic plans ready to go. :-) Plus, the UT campus is beautiful in the fall, and you'll love the riverwalk. If you're looking for nightlife, Downtown/The Old City is for you.
In any case, people seem to not be thrilled with ten years in the same city. Taking a year off in the middle seems like a great opportunity to me.