When last we visited that dark vortex of traffic jams and $11 beers known as Live Nation Disaster Hole (still officially called Jiffy Lube Live, somehow), its new policy of prohibiting tailgating at concerts had caused 10,000 Jimmy Buffett fans to return their tickets when rain forced a rescheduling in September. Combined with the snide comments from performers throughout the summer of 2011, the Facebook protest page and general unrest from the populace, a message may have been sent.
And message received. The Post’s Chris Richards reports that Live Nation, the giant concert promoter which owns the venue in Bristow, Va., announced Wednesday that the tailgating ban will be lifted for 2012, just in time for those multi-show packages to go on sale. [Many who bought last year’s package told me they were very upset by the ban, shortly before I was ejected from the parking lot for asking them about it.]
“Fan feedback is critical to help improve our operations and create the best possible concert experience for our fans,” Matt Rogers, LNDH’s general manager, told Richards in an email. “The decision was made after listening to our fans and doing our due diligence.”
On its Web site, Live Nation wrote, “Tailgating is an important part of the concert experience for you the fan.” It’s good that they’re finding out about this now, eh?
A diagram of acceptable tailgating setups is provided, no open alcohol containers are allowed, and no tailgating is allowed after shows. You must immediately get in the endless lines to use one of the two (!) exits for the 25,000-seat, Prince William County venue (!!), and then sit on the two-lane Wellington Road (!!!) for the only way out.
And remind yourself why we call it Live Nation Disaster Hole. Again.