Expanded Capacity: What did you think?
Last Friday the Timbers experimented for the first time this year expanding the seating capacity beyond 20,000. Merritt Paulson said they were going to analyze the data, but that early reports were positive.
What was your anecdotal experience?
Here’s mine: As part of the betting game, I timed my halftime bathroom wait. I sit in the north end, at the top of 205, and I headed to the bathroom just after the PTFC chant ended at half time. That’s probably the exact worst time in the stadium to head to the bathrooms, and since I’m at the very top, it’s a bit of a walk. My wait time was 9:23 (see screen shot), but that might be a worst case scenario. Most of the people in line around me were joking about the wait, and didn’t seem to mind too much.
On the positive side, I didn’t have a problem purchasing beer. Section 205 was actually less full than normal (even though it had more people) because there was more room to spread out in. I also saw less people standing in the aisles than I do at some matches. Sometimes that is due to more enforcement of TA tickets when people enter the section, but it may have been due to extra capacity.
Posted by Dan