Oooh, yuk. I just noticed that the Diamondbacks have a game at 1:35 on Sunday, 8/24, against the Cubbies. This is going to make for a logistical nightmare for us SummerSlam live attendees. America West Arena is literally across the street from Bank One Ballpark. The Cubbies are a popular draw here (I swear, half the people who have moved to Phoenix in the last 25 years came from Chicago.), & the Sunday games are usually pretty well attended. All of which means that parking will be a disaster for people arriving for the 4:45 start time for SummerSlam. We're going to have people dribbling in late for at least the first couple of matches.
Isn't the usual drill for WWE events to open the doors one hour before the start time? Anybody know if that's the standard methodology for PPV events as well? (I have the impression that they like to have people lined up outside before the doors open, but that's not too great a plan when it's 115 degrees & no shade.)
Hey, maybe I can swap my Saturday DBack tickets for Sunday. Do you think that 2.5 hours of baseball watching immediately followed by 3 hours of wrestling watching will do permanant damage to my tushie? (Or my liver?)
So wait, you can go see a baseball game between two teams in the thick of the playoff race, then walk across the street for the second biggest PPV of the year, and you're using the word "problem" in the title of the thread?!
My hunch though is that most of the fans will get there fairly early. Crowds for PPV's always seem to like to get there early and mingle with their brethren.
if I were you, i'd try to get tickets to that Cubbies/D'Back game. Is there a shared parking area for both venues or does each have exclusive parking? I'm thinking if you go to the game, then you should be able to get a good spot early. Then just enjoy the game (a kick ass game, at that, i'm sure), hangout after and then it's wrasslin' time. It should be a fun adventure if you're up for it. Doesn't Bank One have a section with a swimming pool? Don't know how that all works but you could cool off there if the heat gets bad. lol.
It is shared parking, but there is enough to go around. Of course you are going to pay more, because all the people with lots around the stadium are going to jack up the price. I have seen the same parking spot near AWA go from $3 (Phoenix Mercury WNBA game) to $15 (D-Backs Game and Arizona Rattler Semifinal Arena Football Playoff game).
Just go early, hang out at Cooperstown or Coach & Willys....
Well, you know, these are the kinds of terrible dilemmas I have. :-) I'm working on the baseball tickets, although Coach & Willy's is a fine fallback plan.
When they were building AWA & (subsequently) BOB there was quite the discussion of parking; the final verdict was "There's plenty of parking available downtown, in the various parking garages & bla-bla." There is enough, depending on just how far you're willing to hike in 115 degree heat, among concrete & asphalt. What's going to end up happening though, is that all the obvious parking lots & garages are going to be full from the baseball attendance, & there will be a massive traffic jam as people try to figure out where else to try. I hope we don't end up with half the crowd still driving around looking for parking when the show starts.