My son and I got two free tickets to yesterday's Niner-Broncos game at Mile High Stadium. On the way there, we heard the parking lot was already full. We'd planned on taking the Light Rail there, anyway. We got on it at the second stop from the southern outskirts of Denver heading north to the stadium. It was standing room only already. After @ 14 stops, packed in like sardines, it finally got next to the stadium. Once past the train gates, we were among thousands standing in the heat (90's) waiting for a very long commercial train to pass. Yes, they built the new Mile High Stadium across the tracks from the main Southern Pacific rail lines. You'd think they would've built a pedestrian overpass instead of forcing fans to walk across half a dozen train tracks, but no. Once the train passed (a 10-15 min wait), the hordes walked what amounts to 3-4 city blocks on a circuitous route to the stadium. It took forever to get inside.
Once inside, it's a pretty nice stadium. We found our seats easily enough, in row 36 of the west end zone, about 10 yds left of the goal post, with a great view of the field. The stadium perspective you get is much different than what you see on TV. The seats go up, way up and most are "on top" of the field, so you get a good view of it. Instead of solid concrete, they have a "false" floor that gives. If you stomp on it, it makes noise, a lot of it. We found that out due to a jerk a half dozen or so rows behind us. He yelled at the top of his lungs and stomped his feet the entire game…until a lady sitting nearby said something to him. He retorted "that's why I pay $80 for my seat". He was "that guy" who dampened an otherwise decent football experience.
While I realize Candlestick is no joy to get into or out of, the new stadium in Santa Clara looks to be much more fan-friendly. There'll be plenty of parking plus multiple routes and conveyances available to get there. No train tracks! Still can't believe they'd be so dumb as to do that in Denver, but they did. The moral to this story is once our new stadium's built, appreciate the meticulous planning that's gone into it. It should truly be a state-of-the-art stadium, built with the fan as the focus of their planning and construction efforts.