Saturday night was the University of Nebraska's first game of the 2009 football season. It was also the peak of the 10-day run of the Nebraska State Fair, just a few blocks from Memorial Stadium. The Nebraska v. Florida Atlantic game put 85,719 in the stands at Memorial Stadium. Saturday attendance at the State Fair was 44,566. Predictably, it was also one of our busiest single days of 2009, with 512 dispatches. July 5 edged it out by a nose, at 515.
Game day went great. Sgt. Shannon Karl’s detailed game plan for traffic control was carried out by a group of hot, tired police officers who got everyone to the stadium for kickoff, and headed home in good shape afterwards. I am amazed at how effectively we clear out those intersections post-game. We are able to finish up the traffic detail about an hour after the end of the game. If you’ve ever been to Boulder, Ames, or Columbia, you know that it isn’t the case in all Big 12 cities.
Despite what I perceive as a great job on game days, I got a sarcastic email Sunday that started like this:
“After living in Lincoln for 35 years, I have never been impressed with the police department's ability to conduct traffic control. Last night (Sept. 5, 2009) showed giving a badge to someone does not increase their intelligence. It only gives them the feeling they are God.”
and ended with
“Seems to me the Lincoln police officers should learn traffic control in the big city before attempting to try it in Lincoln. All officers also need to be reminded the badge does not make them all-knowing. It only allows them to screw things up legally.”
His chief complaint was the five minute wait to cross N. 14th Street as a pedestrian at the peak of State Fair traffic. Loved his suggestion that we learn about traffic control in the big city. I’ve spent the better part of a day trying to get out of Arrowhead before.