One of the sacred institutions in Kansas City besides the Chiefs is tailgating. The type of tailgating where you're in the parking lot at 9 AM with a hot grill going and maybe a beer or six.
I'm sure some of you have gone to Arrowhead Stadium just to tailgate and watch the game on a TV, without tickets. Well if you're a Texans fan and want to do that, you have to pay.
After some incidents of theft and general Cowboy rowdiness following the Dallas game, the Houston Texans issued a new policy that essentially states that in order to enter the Reliant Stadium grounds (i.e. tailgating areas), you have to have a ticket for the game or a special $10 "tailgating pass."
Basically, the Texans don't want people hanging around the parking lot during games. Which makes no sense to me for a few reasons:
- Many people, at least in Kansas City, volunteer to watch the tailgate of people who have tickets. In Houston, those people have to pay $10 a piece just to do that.
- How are checks logistically being done? That has to be a nightmare and I'm guessing the end result is not many people getting their passes or tickets checked.
- I guess you can't meet up at a tailgate with a friend who has your ticket.
And for a bit more conversation: How would this policy go over in Kansas City? Would Clark Hunt even think about letting a policy like that go into effect?