Jared Goff and the offense aren’t the only issues the Rams are facing in their return to Los Angeles. Fans are pretty bent about the stadium, too. Not the new one, the current one. The really old one. The one that apparently isn’t equipped to host 90,000 NFL Fans.
Everyone knew it might be tough bringing the NFL back to LA. The traffic. Fights in the stands. And the fact that there’s a lot of other things to do. But it turns out it’s even worse than expected.
Check out the reviews on the Coliseum’s Facebook page: Here’s one: “My experience yesterday was terrible. It’s almost like the management was only told on Saturday that over 90,000 people were going to be there on Sunday. There were masses of people pushing and shoving to get to the few open gates. Absolutely no organization. Just some temporary fencing to designate lines could have made entering much more efficient. How do you run out of water? It’s not like you can’t buy it in bulk.”
Truth. How do you run out of water? What is this, Mad Max? Were the Rams playing at the Coliseum or the Thunderdome?
A water shortage? I know there’s a drought in California, but I thought there’d be enough to hydrate fans on an NFL Sunday. Were they just using water bottles to soak down the field before the game and ran out of it at the concession stands?
And it wasn’t just water. One Seahawks fan was bent about something else: “As a Seahawks fan, we love great defensive battles. Awesome grind of a game yesterday with zero margin for error on both sides. Nice win, Rams!! Enjoy it. However, get your friggin crap together Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. You basically only had sweet tea left for half the game…we all might as well have been drinking salt water. So many people treated for heat exhaustion and no food??? Most of the concessions were out of everything by the second quarter.”
I love that review. That guy’s a Seahawks fan and he doesn’t even care that Seattle just lost to a team that was shut out by the Niners; doesn’t even care that the Seahawks have serious issue offensively; that the line is a mess and Russ Wilson is dinged: doesn’t care about any of that…, but he’s furious about the sweet tea. And he’s right about the heat exhaustion.
According to the LA Times, 160 people were treated for heat-related issues and 14 went to the hospital. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that’s 14 too many. Just as I’m going to go out on a limb and say there’s a cause and effect relationship between it being 190 degrees and no water, and people having to go to the hospital.
Nobody was expecting the Coliseum to be state of the art. It’s kind of a dump. But short of you saying the wrong thing to the wrong person and getting knocked the hell out, you should be able to make it through a game there without a hospital run.