Rangers Outlaw Tailgating Without Tickets For Opening Day

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LDD
Hey, fellas, we're gonna need to see your tickets or you have to move it.
Last year I penned an ode about tailgating on Opening Day at the Ballpark in Arlington. We didn't have tickets to the game, so tailgating was as close as we could get. Minus the unexpected fly over by the loudest machines on planet Earth, it was amazing.

Well, yeah, don't do that this year.

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The Texas Rangers have announced that only cars with ticketed passengers will be allowed in the lots for the first home game of the year. Apparently many of ticket holders got really upset when they arrived at Opening Day last year an hour before game-time and had to park a mile away.

Really? Who arrives at Opening Day only an hour early? We all know that parking is nightmare for that game, regardless of tailgaters, in part because Arlington refuses to take part in any type of public transportation scenarios.

Funny thing. Whilst my family and I (again, sans tickets) were enjoying some grilled hot dogs on a patch of grass just outside the stadium, we watched with amazement how drivers on the road adjacent to us got progressively more pissed as game-time neared. One man just lost it. He was screaming at the cars ahead of him through his roof top window, "Go!!!! Just GO!!! AHHHH!"

The Rangers hope this is rule is only for Opening Day, although officially the fine print reads, "A Rangers Game ticket is required to access the parking lot." That will create an odd situation for those picking up their tickets at will call or meeting friends who have their ticket, etc.

Here are all the rules regarding parking and tailgating.

Rangers' officials say they will be lenient about the rule outside of Opening Day, unless it becomes a problem. I reached out to the team for clarification, but didn't hear back. The rule seems a bit arbitrary. Can we or can't we just tailgate after Opening Day? Because if a family packs enough provisions for a full day of tailgating then gets turned away at the gate, that'll hurt.

You know what would really suck? Driving up from Houston for Opening Day to tailgate. That would suck almost as much as their team is going to suck this year.

I'm sure it'll all work out. Bummer about Opening Day, though.



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MattL11
MattL11

Seems like a stupid rule. The extra time spent actually enforcing it will make the parking process take even longer, most likely. Looks likely to me that this is just an empty threat designed to appease angry ticket holders while discouraging non-ticketed tailgaters from showing up.

texasturd
texasturd

@danielslauren LDD, there will be very few Houston fans at Opening Day, as we open the season IN Houston, but our home opener is against the filthy Angels of Anaheim. Agreed that the new tailgating rules are a bitch, but I doubt anyone from Houston will be making the trip. If you are planning on coming out despite the new rules, I would be happy to feed and beer your fam. DM me @texasturd.

MBrentD
MBrentD

Driving from LA on Opening Day at the Ballpark and being turned away would suck much worse than driving from Houston.

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

Why would someone drive from Houston to tailgate at the ballpark for Opening Day?

danielslauren
danielslauren

@Mervis_Earl Because it's the first time the Astros will play the Rangers as an American League team. Sort of a big deal, no? And I happen to peruse the parking lots often for tailgating stories and people drive in from everywhere ALL THE TIME to tailgate at big events. I'm serious and for real. I wouldn't lie to you, Mervis, but you know that already. 

danielslauren
danielslauren

@Mervis_Earl ANNNNND the Astros are awful this year, and I just couldn't pass on the opportunity to make that joke. 

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

But, I thought the Rangers are playing IN Houston on Sunday??????

Mervis_Earl
Mervis_Earl

That may need to go into Junior Miller's "Crazy Things That Women Say About Sports" bit.

danielslauren
danielslauren

@Mervis_Earl Nope. I actually write tailgating stories regularly. I know this is indeed a fact of life. Again, Mervis. I wouldn't lie to you. 

JustSaying
JustSaying

Like you said, people using will call or meeting their friends at the gate for tickets are going to get fucked. I do get where they are coming from, though. Opening day and playoff games are guaranteed sellouts. Its not cool to have to park in Grand Prairie because thousands of prime parking spots are being used by a bunch of assholes that arent even going to the game. Go cook at hotdog in your fucking driveway. You can still see the outside of buildings and a 737 will fly over you almost every 5 minutes.

danielslauren
danielslauren

@JustSaying It really adds to the atmosphere though. I was thinking... maybe one lot should be deisgnated for just tailgaters. Charge more. Keep them all in one spot. I see your points. But, a 737 will never ever split your eardrum and your life like a B1 Bomber or whatever that thing is (I'm off the clock so won't google it). 

todd
todd

@danielslauren 

Exactly.  So much scene is manufactured here and now we have something organic and it's being squashed.  I have no idea how to enforce it, but I do like the idea of a no game ticket tailgaters parking area.  

JustSaying
JustSaying

@danielslauren I always thought, at least at the pro level, that tailgating's main purpose was to get as much beer and food in you as possible before you actually go into the venue and have to pay those ridiculous prices. You do it in the parking lot, as opposed to a nearby bar, so you don't have to drive drunk to the park. So what is the point of getting drunk in a parking lot if you arent going to the game? If anything, it would bum me out that I was watching thousands of people walk past me that are going to a game that I can't get into.

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