I should have bought an SRO ticket for 29 bucks. It sounded like a rip off but the atmosphere was electric around the stadium. "Cops and cars and topless bars" as Morrison put it. All sorts of nice leg walking around too. Shame I didn't buy a ticket but then it may have been hard to get anyway.
So I tried to get as close as I could get without a ticket. I drove down to the stadium at half time and if I found out I'd have to fork over money for parking I was going to whip a U. Instead, I got closer than I ever dreamed and probably closer than 90% of the fans. All for free.
The area I found was full of limos, many of them coming and going, opening up spots along the curb. There was over 105,000 people attending the game. If I could find a spot on this night I could find it any night. I just might come back! (with a chair)
(Click on any pic for more detail)
Bit blurry driving up through the emergency lane
View of the stadium where I parked
Getting ready to cross the street to stadium property
Got right up on it! This was the checkout line for the Pro Shop
Headed to the east end. The ends of the stadium were open at both ends.
The area was gated off and crowds of people were watching from outside the stadium.
Closer look at the east end
Video boards where the games can be watched
Walking around to the west end
Passed the main entrance. Debated running the gauntlet
View from the west end
Some of my fellow freeloaders
These were left on pillars
all through the parking lot
Found the NBC shuttle on my way out.
It was sitting there running the whole time I was there.
Now I'm hearing on the radio the Standing Room Only party passes were oversold and there were a lot of angry drunks in that area. Angry drunks, my kinda people.
You can view the entire set on my Flickr account.