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How about that horrendous traffic going to the game?

I know others must have hit some of it; and it actually stopped me from going to the game!

All right, I admit I'm old now, and a little traffic would have never stopped me back in the day when I attended something like 12 of 14 UM-FSU games between the early '80s and mid 90s. But Saturday night I picked up a friend in Davie at about 5:15 and proceeded to head down University for what on a non-game day would have been a 15 minute drive.

At 7:45, after several beers which necessitated making creative use of an empty Panera Bread cup lest we get out of line (see I'm not that old) our friends, who had about a 2-hour drive themselves from the south, and had our tickets, were at the gate ready to head inside. Figuring we had another 20-30 minutes to go just to park and walk, and envisioning a close game and a similar scene trying to vacate the area, we made the tough decision to tell them to sell them off. Ok, at the time it was not that tough: had to "go" again and was hungry and attending a game watching party back in his neighborhood with food and beer just sounded better -- and it was a beautiful thing to witness in HD -- but I am saddened that I missed the mass exodus of da U flashing fans at 7:23 of the 4th.    

Thinking back, to all the FB games I've attended in my life, only twice have I had a similar experience: in 1992 at Clemson, took maybe 3 hours to go from the stadium a few miles back into town, and in 2003, for the Orange Bowl vs. Penn St in this same stadium, about 2.5 hours to go from 95 to the stadium on Ives Diary. I have to wonder (and doubt) if Dolphin season ticket holders experience a traffic fiasco like this every couple weeks when the team plays at home. Maybe UM controls the traffic/parking infrastructure for their home games, and with their lack of experience with crowds topping 40k they just weren't prepared?

Anyway, great game regardless but thought I'd vent a little since the tailgate is always a big component of the FSU experience.

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