StrangerThings wrote:^ They try to get it back open after egress as quickly as possible. When they close it for a concert, it’s usually 6pm-11ishpm. They try to wait until after rush hour to close it when possible. Weekends are a bit different.
We’ve discovered over the years that 90% of our customers come in via the west side of the block or up an elevator from the parking garage. Only customers who typically enter on the grand side are ride share drop offs or pedestrian traffic.
When Cordish closes grand, it’s on a Saturday and is closed very early for setup but back open by 8pm at the very latest. Like I’ve said, it was two or three times last year and will be under 10 times this year.
We always keep access to parking garages open but you’re right, it can be confusing for suburbanites to navigate when Grand is closed. I’ve begged for better and obvious directional signage, but I’ve been denied.
It still just doesn't make sense to me. You don't need to close a major street in downtown, especially during times when everybody is in the arena and nothing is happening on Grand like a festival or something. Is this a downtown or an elementary school? Does everybdoy really need their hands held when crossing an urban street? (Grand does need a big crosswalk between Sprint and P&L). I would think when things are going on downtown, you would actually want Grand open, otherwise you are pushing at lot of extra traffic onto Main Street which I'm sure would drastically slow the streetcar.
Whatever I guess. I don't run the show. It's just my opinion.