The title covers my half idea.. I know in larger cities there are often gaming events and sanctioned lan parties. Even in my town of 50,000 we have them on occassion. Food for thought when the site grows big enough for the info to be useful.
A dedicated gaming server is definitely the first step.. I have some possible interest for LAN events that we could consider within a year, but right now we need to focus more on growing the memberbase and being able to generate enough interest for such events.