Well its only a 3 hour drive to Chicago from West Michigan so my whole team should be able to rent a van and do a road trip. I have already been prepping my WTL about this consolidated event since the rumors started floating about the venue. In fact during a 1:1 I noted how we should start researching what we want to learn, who we want to talk to, team activities like labs, etc at the beginning of the year.
I agree with others in that I think the consolidation does little to benefit the attendee as noted you can't send your whole team and leave no one covering your sites. Also means that you are going to have major conflicts if you want to attend SharePoint, Lync, or other typical deep dive sessions that occur during other TechEd ones. And it will be VERY crowded, very impersonal, and has the potential for a complete cluster - you know what.