From: Los Angeles, CA
ORIGINAL: David F.
ORIGINAL: Ian Joseph
ORIGINAL: Lynn G.
More restrooms? Good god there are restrooms about every 25 yards in the new stadium. I think they did a fabulous job with both the wide concourses and numbers of restrooms. Are you sure you're not confusing it with some other stadium?
Well, in David's defense, he's there more than most of us. I think the wider concourses invite even more people to be there for whatever reason, which makes them seem small. I cant speak to the bathrooms.
They have more restrooms than the dome but they also put in urinals and lots of stalls in place of the good ol' trough and just a couple of stalls. The lines are just as long as the dome. We've taken pictures of the lines and sent them to the Vikings.
The concourses are wider but the design of the stadium attracts too many people to the big doors and it's just a clusterf@ck from those doors and then going left or right for about 1/3 of the length of the stadium. We don't enter through the big doors anymore even though our seats are literally right through the doors and down. We enter from North and then walk against traffic to our seats. It's faster and the concessions are accessible on the way whereas the concessions near the big doors are not even an option.
I grade the stadium as follows:
Outside appearance: A
Areas around the stadium (grassy park, plaza, etc...): A
Sight lines and scoreboards, proximity to field: A
Restrooms and ability to navigate: F-
Well, hopefully, the big doors amenity loses its luster in year 2. At some point, the regulars will not be so enthused by entering through them. It was awesome to exit through them at the Texans game, but I've never entered through them.
I cant speak to tailgating, though I surmise that was never important to the team, since that real estate around the stadium is at a premium. Someone will end up buy that lot you guys tailgate in sometime in the next 10 years.
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