Infants at Games

Discussion in 'Columbus Crew SC' started by Ch(Elsey), Apr 1, 2014.

  1. fidlerre

    fidlerre Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    Central Ohio
    Had this issue tonight ourselves. Went thru gate and CSC told us we couldn't bring the stroller and they'd already turned several away. I asked for a supervisor (the nice girl who told me we couldn't bring it in said it made no sense to her why we couldn't) who confirmed that "no strollers were allowed in the stadium" to which I kindly asked them to point out this rule on the stadium website, that we'd be bringing a stroller for 4+ years. After a few minutes of radio chatter they eventually let us in with it but good lord, can they just get their shit together? Simple things like this should NOT be so hard...
     
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  2. Flyer Fan

    Flyer Fan Member+

    Apr 18, 1999
    Columbus, OH
    I swear, every game at the stadium feels like the first game at the stadium and they're trying to work out the kinks. Today, a friend of mine said in the bathroom - before the game - the first faucet she tried to use didn't work and the first two paper towel dispensers were out of paper towels.
     
  3. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I would NOT be surprised at all if they sign up for events via a website. "Report time/location is as follows. You'll be done by such-and-such time." And I do know for a fact that not every CSC employee at a Crew match is from Columbus. They'd go to a website such as "staff-cleveland.csc.com" and see "Crew game in Columbus. Report to the Cleveland office at 2:30 PM. We'll be back to Cleveland by around midnight."

    When you have a pool, of say, 2000 employees working various events around Ohio at venues of all types, I can certainly see where the confusion stems from. I'm not defending it by any means, but I can certainly understand the issues.
     
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  4. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    At the first event at the stadium in...how many months?

    Simply inexcusable, given the "New Crew" and Mapfre and the big survey they sent out last fall. Ughhh...
     
  5. patricksp

    patricksp 91.9 Crew Fan Rating

    Nov 4, 2007
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We bypassed west gate because of the line and went in the Main gate and had no trouble. I knew we would need it because of the Party and not enough tables. I will email to complain about it
     
  6. Ch(Elsey)

    Ch(Elsey) Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 2, 2003
    Green, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I appreciate that this thread as turned into a b!tching about CSC policies or lack there of thread.
     
  7. fidlerre

    fidlerre Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    Central Ohio
    That's no excuse Peter. They admitted to telling several people to take their strollers back to the car - it was only when we challenged the supervisor they got it "correct" per the stadiums written rules. It's a simple thing that the supervisior as each gate should know ALL the policies - whether they are from Cleveland, Akron or Pennsylvania. It's just embarrassing and as a parent extremely frustrating - were lucky enough to know the correct people to ask. Imagine being a parent turned away only to walk in the stadium to see others with strollers. Just baffles me...
     
  8. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Completely agree... These rules need to be known. Period. Give them a list of rules to study on the bus ride down, if you need to. If CSC doesn't know the rule because it's their first Crew game in a while, or first ever, then the regular "Experience Team" member who is there every single game should definitely know. Like I said elsewhere, I had my own issue at the south entrance to the stadium club. Luckily, the regular staffer there was able to correct the CSC person. It's plain cluelessness "uhh, I don't think that is allowed in."

    That, along with the broken faucets and empty paper towel dispensers...I would have hoped those season-ending surveys would have been reviewed by the appropriate personnel. Now? I'm starting to have some doubt. I even mentioned these things in the survey. "I understand that supplies run out or things break, but to have the same issues with the same fixtures game after game is simply inexcusable." It really can't be that hard to get a cleaning crew in there the day before events to make sure everything is stocked and then to dispatch employees to refill as needed.
     
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  9. NewEnglandClamChowder

    Jul 28, 2012
    The Eyetalian Village, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    X-post from crew gear that might be applicable to y'all:

    The Salvation Army thrift store on S High in Merion Village has 2 racks of leftover Crew gear with the old logo (clearly the team or a vendor unloaded some stuff). Nothing's thrift-cheap, but we bought some baby gear for a friend - brand new 3packs of infant onesies were 35 but are marked down to 12.
     
  10. Ch(Elsey)

    Ch(Elsey) Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 2, 2003
    Green, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    At Saturday's match, I convinced my husband to bring our little guy in with a stroller. As we got in the line to enter the stadium, I was prepping us on our strategy of insisting that a stroller is allowed in the stadium. Luckily, we did not have any problems with either the diaper bag or the stroller.

    Nevertheless, I was ready to pull a "please get me your boss."
     
  11. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Good thing you have photograpic proof of that stroller inside the stadium.

    I was in the parking lot and someone was walking back to their car to dump their backpack in it. They commented to my group how it was the first time their backpack wasn't allowed in. Meanwhile, my bag wasn't even checked.
     
  12. NUFC Fan

    NUFC Fan Member+

    Apr 8, 2007
    Cbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
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  13. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    While I do not have kids, I certainly hope I was a good influence on the kids I did coach back at CESA..... I did get to see two of my old team graduate HS this spring--that was rewarding.
     
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  14. Ch(Elsey)

    Ch(Elsey) Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 2, 2003
    Green, Ohio
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I hope to as well.


    I love that my husband tells people that "my wife is the true soccer fan." He is correct, of course. Most people assume that we like the sport because he follows the sport. A few weeks ago while we were watching the NBA Finals, Tim looked over at me and said (I kid you not): "I am glad that I married you. I hadn't really watched much sports in the years before we started dating."
     
  15. ZipSix

    ZipSix BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 20, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A team hurting for attendance like the Crew should allow people with backpacks, strollers, picnic baskets, outside food and water in, no questions asked.
     
  16. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm not sure this team *is* hurting for attendance. Much as I was frustrated at the last match--it was a sellout officially.
     
  17. ZipSix

    ZipSix BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 20, 2000
    Boston, MA
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Judge not ye attendance on Galaxy games; judge ye attendance on playoff games.
     
  18. kgilbert78

    kgilbert78 Member+

    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    United States
    Dec 28, 2006
    Cowlumbus, OH
    Club:
    Borussia Mönchengladbach
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Then a lot of teams would be in trouble. Fact is that attendance has been much improved by the new regime. To their credit.
     
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  19. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    CSC told me last game that I couldn't bring my cowbell in because it "felt kind of heavy" despite the fact that I've brought it to every game for the past two seasons. I asked how long the policy was in effect and she said something like "Ummm for a while."

    Because I go in the same gate every time, I think the "Experience Team" member may have recognized me and ended up letting me go in.

    If they're banning stuff because the item "feels kind of heavy," which I know they're not, then things could get REAL interesting with drums and strollers and whatnot. Yes, I know LTA keeps their big drum in the stadium, but I believe they still bring the smaller ones in with them.
     
  20. eboe

    eboe Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 23, 2006
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is why the dedicated gate for the Nordecke is the best idea... With standard staff who know what goes.
     
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  21. eboe

    eboe Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 23, 2006
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I mean, did they think because it was heavy it might be an explosive? Or filled with alcohol? Jesus people get over yourselves.
     
  22. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    ...if only we actually used it.


    What am I gonna do, throw it on the field? Maybe that was her thought process. Who knows...
     
  23. eboe

    eboe Member+

    Columbus Crew
    United States
    May 23, 2006
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I meant put a new one, ya know actually near the nordecke.
     
  24. Kryptonite

    Kryptonite Fancy Title Here

    Apr 10, 1999
    Columbus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I get the point and while it would be nice to have the tailgate near the section, like in other cities, they're not about to let us tailgate near where visiting fans do. Plus then, we'd be isolated from the rest of the lot, assuming we'd move the tailgate.

    I think the current gate location works...they just have to staff it.
     
  25. west ham sandwich

    Feb 26, 2007
    C-bus
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The thinking is probably if it's heavy it can be used as a weapon (club). People are a little too quick to just assume CSC employees are stupid or something. They're just hired hands who are tasked with security trying to do their job.
     

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