This is also my first time going, trying to get a sense of what to expect. Should I def stay at the hotel?! is parking a pain in the arse if I decide to stay with a friend?! I am bring my really good friend and we are both bringing our girlfriends. I think it is going to be a blast! any pro tips? Food decent? hopefully rooms have microwaves/mini fridges... i'm prob over thinking it.
Edit: I drive in every day and parking is good. Some people have complained but if you can walk a few flights of stairs you will be OK. Validation of parking, to make it free, has some bugs in the system which may bite you once in a while.