I recently turned a fun event for my fiancée into a disaster when I couldn’t pick her up promptly after the Paul McCartney concert ended.
I had studied the map and instructions about drop off and pick off. I was very familiar with the venue giving that I’d live in the vicinity for decades.
So the drop off worked well. Lot C next to E. And we agreed that’s where we would meet.
After dropping her off, I scouted the area and figured out where I could wait. Got back about 10PM and the concert would end at 1030. About 10:15, the crowd started to break.
When I tried my path to the pickup, I found all roads blocked and made outbound only. Argh! For the better part of an hour, I tried different ways to get to the pickup point.
Finally, I went with the flow and circled around the venue on connecting roads about 2 miles out. Then I tried to reenter closest to the pickup lot. Cut through a blocked gate with I moved and used a handicapped ramp break in the curbing to get to the rendezvous point 90 mintiest after the concert ended. Argh!
AFTER ACTION REPORT
Found out that the parking lots were free after 8, so I could have just parked by the rendezvous point.
Upon reflection, I should have went to the rendezvous point long before traffic pattern was with to OUT ONLY.
All directions that I was given by the traffic folks was universally wrong except for the one guy who said: “You can’t there from here.”