Thousands of spectators had a tough time getting to FAU Stadium for football opening night. I know. I was one of them.
In fairness, read FAU’s entire statement below.
Among hundreds of cars, I sat in a line on Spanish River Boulevard at 5:30 p.m. We inched our way onto campus for the 7 p.m. game.
I had a prepaid parking spot. But a policeman knocked on the window to tell us all the lots were full. Follow cars to the south end of campus, he said.
It was nearly 6:30 by then. With no one to direct us, I stayed straight and ended up on Glades Road, out of campus.
Most cars snaked their way onto lots. I made a U-turn and parked behind a dorm. Then I walked to the stadium on the other end of campus.
The lines to get in were blocks long. You could see the stadium was half empty for kickoff.
But by 8 p.m. the stadium was nearly full for the game. UCF [University of Central Florida] had a huge fan base there and won 48 to 14.
Here’s what Brian White, FAU‘s vice president and director of athletics, had to say:
“We would like to thank everyone for coming to Saturday’s football game against UCF.”
“We had a record-breaking crowd and with that, many of our fans and guests experienced long lines to get into the stadium, long lines at our concession stands and traffic issues around the stadium.”
“With the anticipation of a large crowd we prepared by significantly increasing our security, ticket scanners, metal detectors, traffic control officers, concessions etc., However we experienced issues that prevented us from providing the fan experience that we aim to provide each and every game.”
“As we move forward, we expect larger crowds to become the norm at FAU Stadium. As a result, in addition to continuing to encourage fans to arrive early, we will be meticulously evaluating all aspects of our gameday experience in order to ensure that we are doing everything we can to provide a positive fan experience.”
By Marci Shatzman