Friday, September 01, 2006
Clash of the (Stadium) Titans
While nothing can compare to my beloved Safeco Field a recent visit to Qwest Field (formally known as Seahawk Stadium, formally known as The Kingdom) has proved to me how beloved Safeco Field really is... below are some comparisons between the two...
Safeco Field parking is always $20.00, parking for a PRESEASON game at Qwest Field garage was $30.00.
Safeco Field security is the normal check your bag, no liquids.... Qwest Field security was a bit different.
1. Go through the show your ticket and first check you bags to get into Touchdown City.
2. To get into the stadium you have to go through your second check which is check your ticket, check your bags, then A SECURITY GUARD GETS TO GO TO SECOND BASE. Yes, you get to go through a pat down.
3. Buying a water at Safeco Field.... no problem... I buy two so I don't have to get up later and get another. Buying a water at Qwest Field, they remove the lid of the water bottle - therefore I can't buy two at once since it's impractical to walk around with two open bottles of water.
4. Both Safeco Field and Qwest Field have a retail store that has an opening on street level. At Safeco Field you can show your ticket, go into the store to shop and if you are so inclined can continue on into the Stadium to go into the game. At Qwest Field they have the street level doors locked and actually have THREE security guards posted to the doors on the inside. To get into the store you have to first go through steps listed in item #2, THEN you have to go though another line to get your ticket stamped, once you get into the store there were at least 5 security guys wandering around- I was lucky enough to have one dogging me throughout the store. When you leave the store you again have to get in line and have another person check you and your ticket.
I was checked FIVE times by security before I got to my seat.
The party line for all of the bullshit above was all of these rules are required by the NFL.
I guarantee this: I WILL NOT RETURN TO QWEST FIELD.