you stated the answer before you asked the ?'n... level 5 tournaments do not attract many paying spectators in general, but yeah, this korea tourney could've been held at a high school. there are more people standing on the corner of my street right now, haha! for wt300 and above bwf wants it at a venue suitable to it's title name. what does that mean exactly, you ask? bwf would like it to be played in a venue that looks good on tv/youtube, a venue that could seat 6,000+, at the host/organizers expense. does anyone know if this tourney is broadcast on korean tv? that's where the host/organizer is allowed to recoup some money by selling the nat'l broadcast rights to anyone willing to pay for it. they don't get anything from the badmintonworld.tv youtube channel. and lets be honest, who would be willing to pay for the rights of a small tournament like a wt300? or even a wt500? have you noticed the difference in hsbc exposure visible on camera between a 300, 500, 750 & 1000? that tells you how much of bwf's hsbc money is allotted to that level. bwf: we want your tournament held at a place like venue x (which seats 7,500). me: are you joking, why? no more than 300 people will show up for any given day of 1/4's, semis or finals, and way less for rd's 1 & 2. 99% of everything bwf requires is cosmetic. period. make it look good. they don't care if it makes money or not for the organizer. they say they care, but they don't. they already cashed their hsbc cheque. frankly, the athletes could give a rat's ass what it looks like. all they want and need is a place to play to earn points and money. they're more concerned with it running well than how it looks to the corporate suits and the rest of the world.