So in getting the tickets, and reading the little guide they give you with the tickets, and talking to someone who appears to be in the know, surprise, surprise the U has botched the Thursday night game plans already:
1. The St. Paul Lot will not be available for parking for the Thursday opener. Apparently what will happen is if you have a parking pass for this lot, you will be given one for the Washington Avenue Ramp. No tailgating for you. What, you wouldn't have bought a season pass had you known that was going to happen....tough luck/
2. Apparently, ALL of the parking lots will not open until 3PM for a 6PM kickoff. Apparently the U does not want to kick out employees who park in those lots until 3 PM so those who would like to tailgate can. Can you imagine Ohio State or WI saying you can't tailgate until 3 hours before kick because employees are parking in the tailgate lots. Hell, those schools would send everyone home at Noon...
3, So take your lets be generous 35,000 people, and take away the 1000 cars that park in St. Paul and move them all to the East Bank, and take away all the people who arrive early to tailgate, and suddenly you are trying to get all the employees out and 25,000 people in to the game in less than 3 hours....have fun in that parking jam. Luckily I'll be on the west bank and avoiding that.
4. Good luck getting any walk-up sales to the game. No way to get from the State Fair to campus unless you want to ride the city bus. Traffic headaches galore when ALL your day of game parking is either in the Oak Street or Coffman ramps.
We only get to deal with the State fair headache for the next 3 years at least too. Guessing there won't be too many repeat buyers on the season parking passes for St. Paul after this year...
The U will end up getting SAVAGED in the press for this after the inevitable huge traffic jam when half the people don't get into the stadium until the 2nd quarter....and they will deserve it. I swear, noone thinks about unintended consequences of actions over there, or they just don't give a crap.