Being a season ticket holder I get emails all the time from the Bears telling me how they are improving and adding to my “game day experience”. Most of these items add zero real value. Here is what us cheapskates in the west side upper deck want to see to add value to our game day experience at Soldier Field (these things will never happen).
1. Traffic plan – there is none. Every game it is anarchy and it is an all day project to go to and from the game.
2. More bathrooms – if you go when there is no action like in between quarters or halftime, it is hopeless. You will miss portions of the game.
3. Good food – rule number one is to never, ever eat anything at Soldier Field. I don’t even like getting soda there out of their fountain machines.
4. Etc. Etc.
But we have been through all of this before. This is the main reason that I only go to 2 or three games a year any more. That and the arctic cold.
Along these lines, I received an email from the Bears last week that may have taken the cake as regards the game day experience. For $50 I could buy a ticket into the Midway at Soldier Field. This was interesting to me so I checked it out. It is basically a sports bar at Soldier Field. You cannot see the game from the Midway except on TV.
So they want me to pay $50 to run myself through all of the hassle of fighting the traffic and everything else at Soldier Field to sit in a sports bar. I don’t get it. And to boot, the $50 is just the cover charge – it doesn’t include any food or drinks. Carl brought up a good point in that it might be a good place to warm up but $50 is steep when you can just go to the bathroom (if you can get in) and accomplish the same thing.
I wonder if Jerry Jones has ever been to a game at Soldier Field. If he has I am sure he laughs his ass off at what we go through to watch a football game.