Another issue regarding NEC, which may or may not have been touched on yet, was the issue of transportation from the hotel to the airport/bus station/train station.
There was a shuttle, as BigE advertised, but it was $29 per person one-way. The only other option available to people without cars was getting a Taxi/Uber, each of which cost around $130 (or more) one-way. CB was great because there hotel was right next to a train station that linked to each form of transportation and was super cheap.
CB, like most of our past SGC events, is also near food sources that are close enough to walk to and reasonably priced, but NEC16 was literally in the middle of next to nothing (even Wawa's were a car-drive away). I really don't feel like the overall venue change made NEC feel any better for me than the Comfort Inn would have been, and that's not just me being out of my comfort zone.
NEC was really expensive for what it was.
I feel like at least with CB, I got my monies worth (and a terrible timeline of tweets to follow).
We had somewhere around 85 (90?) people sign up for SG at NEC this year and if was tough to fit everyone on the two setups we had downstairs. Based on the numbers we got for JUST NEC right now and since literally everyone is coming out for CB (I'm glad people came out for NEC, but that is nowhere CLOSE to the amount I think we'll reach at CB), I think it would be safe to say that CB will probably need around six or seven setups to accommodate us, otherwise springing for a salty suite would be the safest move.
This is all just based on what I heard from people and my experiences at both events.
I could 100% be wrong here.