To the editor:
I was among those thousands who were turned away at Late Night. I’ve been to many and was disappointed for the first time, denied entrance, but was more disappointed in the behavior of many fans.
Many people, especially young ones, acted very selfishly and uncivilized. Very few people I saw brought food items as requested. The scene was total chaos once the doors opened. Orderly lines disappeared, and people rushed the doors without getting a ticket, which was supposed to let those in charge know when the 16,000 seats had been taken. It’s amazing no one was injured in the mass confusion. Fire marshals had to estimate when to let more fans in. The doors were eventually locked, and thousands of angry fans went home, many of which were the well-mannered fans who brought food items and left without being able to leave their donations.
Changes need to be made in the future since it’s obvious many fans are not capable of acting civilized. My suggestion is to sell tickets in advance, charge $10 for adults, children free. The fees can then be donated to Harvesters,The Food Pantry or the Senior Center or other organizations. This idea would eliminate the need to rush the doors and possibility of injuries. There would be fewer angry fans and worthy organizations would get their donations, plus those attending could still bring food items with them. I hope the athletic department would consider this idea. The entertainment is certainly worth $10; you pay nearly that for a movie.