The Panthers pulled it out last Monday night with four points over the Patriots. Big game! Monday night! The Patriots! First time in six years that Charlotte has hosted a Monday night game! All that makes for a great night stumbling from bar to bar or simply returning to your tailgate homestead for the traffic to improve.
The important to remember as a fan leaving the stadium (or if that’s not possible, pin a note to your koozie prior) is that the safest place for a pedestrian is on the sidewalk. In the area immediately surrounding the stadium, if you don’t see the sidewalk you should ask your neighbor to point you to it or walk you to it.
While it can be comical from time to time, it is very serious that you take care of yourself leaving the game. Just because other people are disregarding the rules and walking in the streets, it doesn’t mean that you should follow lead. That person may have better health insurance and is willing to accept the deductible cost for the benefit of walking in the street. Also, that person could have less to live for.
In addition to the regular traffic in the area, there are people leaving the stadium who decided “they were fine” and got behind the wheel. I know there are no guarantees but even a drunk driver has a lower risk of hitting you on a sidewalk than if you’re walking in the road. Be careful. Please.
As the Charlotte Knights work towards finishing the baseball stadium by the April 2014 deadline, the issue will become more prevalent and you need to be prepared. Take care of yourself and the best way to do that is recognizing that nobody cares your own safety more than you do or should. (Moms don’t count.)