After I posted I went out to vote early and while I was out I got a Trib. There was an article about the event, so when I got home I looked online.
The southern edge of Grant Park holds about 70,000 people, so that’s the ballpark number of tickets. Well, not tickets, just a placeholder. Mayor Daley said that the “overflow crowd” for the rally could be up to one million people. So now I get it. Silly me, thinking that the campaign sent out a million tickets. :smack:
But so yeah, that means that me and 930,000 other people will be on the other side of the fence! I wouldn’t be at all surprised if more than a million showed up. I assume that this is the area they’re talking about, just south of Buckingham Fountain, with the 12 baseball diamonds. Looks like a concert is going on. Lollapalooza? So, a portion of that will be fenced off, for the ticketholders, and the overflow will…be everywhere else!
Now that I know more details, I’m definitely going. I’m not much of a crowd person either, but this is an incredible, historical event, for the most joyous and wonderful reason. Being in this crowd will be totally different from being in a crowd there just to see fireworks. This will be an awesome shared experience, an “I was there” experience. I guess like Woodstock, but bigger, and without the music. The energy will be incredible. Even if we’re not going to hear a word Obama says, the roar of the crowd when he shows up onstage will be phenomenal. I’ll have a small portable TV with me, so I’ll be able to see him anyway.
Anyone who goes, I would highly recommend public transportation. That’ll be packed, but you won’t find parking within a mile of Grant Park, if that close.