Tailgating Hours Changed

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  1. Battle Red Flash

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    Got my tickets yesterday. Also got the Fans Guideline Magazine with the rules. Sorry if this is discussed elswhere, but did anyone else notice the Texans are making us leave an hour early this year?
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it now states "you may tailgate up to one hour after the game ends."
    It used to be two hours, right?
    They charge us $8.00 for a beer, and they cut back on paying for security by an hour? Me and my buds like to stay to the bitter end of any game, and if we do that, it then takes 20 to 25 minutes to make it to the car, then we usually listen to the post game and talk over the game. Now, we barely have time to pack up and vamoose.
    Does this upset anyone else? Then let them know. Get in touch with Jamey Rootes, and let them know that we noticed.
     
  2. JWarren14

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    I didnt really read it, but I definitely like to to stay a long time after the game, cutting that time down stinks!
     
  3. hobie

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    I read that as well, but I don't worry about that. I can say that we have stayed much longer than the time allowed many, many times.
    So don't sweat it......unless the police in your area are jerks..
     
  4. Tedc

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    It seems that we discuss this every year and very little has ever come from it.
     
  5. Battle Red Flash

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    You are right, Hobie. We have stayed late sometimes too, but normally the cops come around at 5pm, telling us to go.
    I'd hate for that to start at 4pm now.
     
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    Write the Texans and tell them how you feel if enough people up rise they just may change it back.
     
  7. Double Barrel

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    We always stay until 5:00, as well, or until the golf cart cop asks us to vacate (usually after 5:00).

    Heck, we're barely just getting to our tailgate to fire up the grill by 4:00, especially after a win!

    I think we should expect business as usual, and then raise a stink if they enforce the one-hour rule.
     
  8. Battle Red Flash

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    This sounds like a good course of action.
     


  9. gary

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    That is what should be done.
     
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    IIRC, I think this came up last year as it was in the '07 fan guide as well. I think it was decided it was worded like that for some sort of legalities or something, maybe a guideline so as to be able to move out the unruly ones if need be or something to that effect.

    I can guarantee, in the 60 tailgates I've been to, I've never been out of there in less than 2 hours after the game.
     
  11. Double Barrel

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    Our FO has been very good about responding to the concerns of fans. I feel confident that they would consider changing policy if enough of us make a fuss about something.

    I just wish enough yellow lotters would request an earlier gate opening time! ;)
     
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    Right there with ya on that,but all lots to open earlier, but then that would cost more to do that. Gate keepers would need to be there a hour early, law enforcement, yellow vests, and I am sure other behind the scene people would as well. And for the cost of that, then our parking passes would most likely be increased.
    We just start ours a little early outside the gate...
     
  13. bpe3

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    I went ahead and set the following email to a certain Texans executive:

    I was just reading through this year's fan guide. It looks like there's been a change to the after game tailgating schedule. Starting this year, Texans fans will have only 60 minutes to exit Reliant Park after the end of the game. I can't even begin to express what a terrible idea you've come up with.

    Benefits

    1. Save a few dollars on security salaries. Certainly a drop in the bucket for a franchise with estimated operating profit of over $50 million per year.

    Costs

    1. Increased traffic congestion for Texans fans leaving Reliant Park. Fans hate traffic
    2. More empty seats in the 4th quarter as more fans try to beat the traffic.
    Don't we have enough empty seats already?
    3. More drivers on the road under the influence of alcohol consumed in Reliant Stadium.
    4. Increased potential liability for accidents caused by #3.
    5. Less time for fans enjoy the very special camaraderie we all feel after a Texans win.
    6. Lost brand building opportunity associated with #6.
    7. Overall reduction in value for the Texans game day experience. We're paying for more than 60 minutes of football.

    You guys are building something very special. Year by year, the Texans are becoming more a part of the fabric of life in this great city. Don't start running plays out of Bud Adams' playbook. You're better than that.
     
  14. TexanBacker93

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    I seem to recall paying $15 per game for the yellow lot parking passes this year. How much more can they raise the cost? Don't answer that.
     
  15. Tedc

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    Again, this has been brought up before in years past. They have never enforced it. Nothing to get aroused about. Move along.
     
  16. Hagar

    Hagar Drink up yall, its the Texans!

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    A haiku:

    Don’t close the gate
    Bud’s influence runs deep
    There’s still beer left
     
  17. Tedc

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    You might want to save some of those beers. Your Haiku is just a little off.
     
  18. Hagar

    Hagar Drink up yall, its the Texans!

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    It can't be off, I'm using a handy dandy thingamajig :doot:

    Oh well, here's another one that's probably wrong too:

    Lazy Rent a Cop
    Doesn’t like to work past 5
    Where’s the donuts
     
  19. aj.

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    My advice would be to not draw attention to the 'rules' since there are some (including a few very important ones) that are not strictly enforced. But shine a light on 'em and you bet they'll get attention - all of them ... and maybe not in a way that benefits the tailgater. Most of us have been out there since '02 and it seems like the 'system' is working pretty much on auto pilot now - at least in Plat and Blue. I'd consider it a sleeping dog until it wakes up. Even under normal conditions it's almost impossible to get everyone out of the parking lots in an hour after the game.
     
  20. Bob McNair

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    This is NOT a change. Page 22 of the 2005 guide has the exact same wording ("up to one hour after the end of the game") as page 20 of the 2008 guide. That way if they wait two hours to start "nudging" people out there is no "but the game only ended 1 hour 59 minutes ago" whining.

    I agree with AJ. There is no change here, don't start contacting them with the implication that you expect all the rules to be strictly enforced to the letter - but you just don't like one rule. Instead of changing this one rule to two hours and getting strict enforcement of all rules, let's keep being reasonable tailgaters and keep the system on autopilot.
     

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