|DRAFT TOWN: Where the weak do not get autographs or anywhere near the Lombardi Trophy|
So I have suggestions for the NFL and the City of Chicago if Draft Town is coming here next year:
1. Do not set up the main tent east-to-west. Make it north-to-south so that people are not blinded. The first two days it's held from 4pm to 10pm. What happens in Chicago from 4pm to about 7pm? The sun starts going down, making photography and vision difficult.
2. If you put a tent over a major thoroughfare, there will be median strips with which to contend. Maybe put up your own signage in addition to the regular street signage already there.
3. Put the team tents in the front to make them more easily accessible. They didn't have as many crowds as the autograph tent, so it would help with general traffic flow.
4. Put the autograph tent in the back. There are always lines for autographs so take the crowds for that away from where people (1) enter, (2) get beer, (3) are trying to get positioned to watch the draft which is also in front.
5. Have more free crap. If they are going to participate, make sure they're giving away something to the attendees. Screwdrivers with a hotel logo, for example, would be much appreciated. "Greetings from Draft Town" courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Hotels, the chosen hotel of the NFL. How much could that be? It all comes from China anyway, so it can't be all that much for the hotel chain and the NFL to split.
6. Don't make it so people's livelihoods are challenged because of it. The American Rhythm Center, where I take tap classes, is across the street from Draft Town. Because of the terribly screwed up traffic, they cancelled classes for three days. ARC is only one of the places giving classes in that building so multiply it by several. That's effed up.
7. Find another location for Draft Town in a city that isn't this one. Draft Town on the former grounds of the Michigan State Fair at Eight Mile Road and Woodward in Detroit might bring some needed dollars to that community, people could drive to get there, they don't need to charge for parking, and they could erect some temporary Draft Temple for the NFL general managers and owners that would be appropriately opulent for their draft duties. I could totally get behind that.
But then, they don't ever ask me.
Because of Draft Town, people had to make a concerted effort to get to Buckingham Fountain. I exited, let some tourists finish their thing plus took pictures of them with their cameras, and then I took a panorama with a smaller-than-usual crowd. It was honestly the best thing I saw all night.
|Panorama of Buckingham Fountain at about 6:30pm on April 30|
|Post-BF, I found my coworker had made friends with these two officers who smiled nicely for me|