On The Ground: U.S. leagues could learn from the ease of the Games
July 28, 2012 08:07 AM
With more than 80,000 fans crammed into Olympic Stadium, the Brits figured out how to provide enough cell coverage to allow me to use my iPhone the way it was intended. I can't send an email during early season Wizards games with 10,000 disinterested fans in D.C.'s Verizon Center. But the opening ceremony was no problem.
Forget about Kenneth Branagh or Mr. Bean, to me the biggest surprise of the opening ceremony was how easy everything was. This has to be the smoothest big event I've ever attended.
It wasn't just the mobile coverage. Security was no problem, either.
|Being able to Skype with my kids from the opening ceremony was amazing.
And it wasn't just the press. My colleague Tripp Mickle and I talked to a small sampling of the general public inside the stadium, and they all said the process for them was smooth and queues were short. This is especially surprising given the number of heads of state who attended, including Queen Elizabeth.
U.S. leagues could learn something from this process. Going to a sports event doesn't have to be a headache.