I am trying to plan a trip to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, which will take place in Birmingham from April 17th to April 21st, 2014. I am a (poor!) college student and will not be able to rent a car in Birmingham, so I will have to walk/use public transportation.
The event takes place at BJCC, and ideally, I would have booked a hotel within walking distance of the venue. However, the hotels that are within walking distance (Westin, Sheraton, Tutwiler) are way out of my budget. I will not be sightseeing at all - just heading to the venue in the morning and coming back to the hotel in the evening. I'm aware that the DART's blue line could take me from the hotels around University Blvd/10th Ave to the venue, but it doesn't run on Sundays, and there doesn't seem to be a viable public transportation alternative.
Is there another option I'm missing, either hotel-wise or transportation-wise? I'm not too stingy and am willing to pay a fair amount of money for a hotel room within walking distance, but the only hotels that fit this criteria are simply out of my price range. I'm also willing to pay for a cab when needed, but would like to avoid doing it too many times. In that situation, what would my best bet?
Thanks in advance for your help :)