Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Bears Tailgate Management - new rules, same fiasco
At various points I have discussed the utter ineptitude that marks the Bears tailgate experience. Whomever runs the parking lots at Soldier Field (I thought it was the Chicago Park District but a commentator on this post said it was a private company) is literally the worst company known to man. The Bears recently implemented some new rules to crack down on rowdy fan behavior - one of which is to limit tailgating at various points before, during and after the game. OK, then, let's start... we showed up a bit before 8am and they enforced a new rule that you can't get into the lot before 8am. So they made us circle around the lot and park in a random cul-de-sac and wait until 8am. As we drove back near the lots, how could they make this more ridiculous... oh wait... let's bring out the buses (I think they ferry fans back and forth) right across the line of cars that you made wait in the street. This made for a crazy instant gridlock situation.
We had to drive PAST the lots and then turn around. Where? People started turning around under the 18th street bridge. Many of the cars had a poor turning radius as you can see from the shot above (dark because we were under the bridge) which added to the madness (luckily Dan's truck can turn on a dime). Note the employee in the yellow vest standing idly over on the right of the photo.
Ah. Among the madness, nothing better than to see an idle employee standing around like there is nothing to do while traffic is snarled all around her. This is the classic "huh" look that they all seem to have.
As a thought experiment, I was wondering what sort of cosmic guidance these Soldier Field tailgate employees get before the game. See gridlock? Do nothing, check. REPEAT EACH WEEK. And don't even get me started on the cones...
After all that we pulled up and started tailgating. It was a beautiful day and Gerry & his brother had some GREAT food. Then the game started, and it all went downhill...