As a fan, Brooklyn has been by far the best place to have the tournament. I went to Pittsburgh and DC, and they just weren’t as much fun. I get the argument of the empty venue; but, I also agree that it doesn’t show up in tv as much as you’d assume. Playing in home gyms or smaller arenas also has a lower-level connotation to it, too.
Securing the Barclays in 2013, along with the new members definitely put a lot of positive attention on the league. It hasn’t been maintained, but, if don’t think sizing down in venues is a good optic, either.
Also, say no the Green City arena outside of Richmond. It will be in a suburb about 20 minutes away from downtown. It will be great distance for 5 or so teams, but it will be a place you’re spending an extra $50 a day and 45-60 minutes on travel.