mutantseabass wrote: I had heard and read alot of negative things about Jax, i have never been to Jax so i cannot comment.
From a Jags board.
"I was pessimistic from the beginning. Throughout the week, though, I liked what I saw. The national sports media that had negative things to say (with the exception of the levelheaded Peter King - great catch on the problem with practice fields) were whining about silly stuff, coming off as prima donnas. They were easily written off & proven wrong by the throngs having a good time.
The fans I spoke to leading up to & at the beginning of the game had nothing but great things to say about Jax.
Then it all fell apart. I haven't seen it reported anywhere, but I was there, so consider this a first person report.
First, the plumbing in Alltel was out. I know - hard to believe - but it was *OUT*. They locked women's rooms. The men's rooms were an assault on the senses as everything backed up. Since the water was out, they had no water for the cooking systems, so hot dogs were out.
The loss of hot dogs wouldn't have been so bad, if they hadn't RUN OUT OF FOOD! Yes, I'm serious. They ran out of food & beer. The SUPER BOWL! And they weren't prepared.
Let's face it - the bottom line is the gameday experience, and Alltel came across like the old Gator Bowl. NOT a positive. The worst insult I heard all night (and heard it several times) - "Man, this place is worse than the Vet!" Anyone who's been to the Vet in Philly knows how bad that is. And they had basis for saying so.
Finally, given the chance to make a final impression on the way out of the game, the JTA absolutely flumoxed the shuttle buses on the way out. It was an abortion and a nightmare. I consider myself fortunate that I got onto a bus after over an hour. While the ride in, the parking, the whole JTA setup worked fantastic from the beginning of the festivities last week until gametime, the trip out of there was abominable. I think I saw a total of five JTA workers, and after an hour some cops finally showed up to try and bring a little order to the chaos. It was an absolute embarassment. Totally small town. Where were the buses from out of town (I saw NOTHING but JTA buses, and from my eyes, no more than at a traditional Jaguar game). No order, no lines, just some flimsy yellow rope that lasted about two minutes. ONE sign indicating bus lines, and almost no JTA employees around to give directions.
I was absolutely embarassed. And we were *SO* close to pulling it off. Right up until the game. It's a shame.
Hopefully, the total collapse of the facilities & infrastructure at the end won't ruin the week as a whole. I think we're capable of pulling it of in the future, and we put on a great show... But I was shaking my head all night."