Sunday, September 4, 2011
Inaugural Grand Prix Huge Win for Baltimore, I Say
From my viewpoint, the race organization was superb. Ticket checking was fast and easy. The "stamp" system worked really well (you only needed to show your ticket once all day, and then you could come and go from the various race areas as much as you wanted). I didn't think the lines for the bridges were awful, but I know sometimes they were long. A friend suggested they could double some of the major bridges to have one in each direction, and that might make sense.
Food and soda was easy to get, and reasonably priced (for festival fare). The view, even with a general admission ticket, was great. I saw the entire race course with just a little walking. I got some good pictures and videos. The weather wasn't awful. There were maps of the course and surrounding area everywhere. There was even an app (although I would rate it the worst part of the experience; who cares about seeing pictures of the "Checker Flag Girls?").
Most importantly of all, I didn't hear a single person complain all day. The "mood" on Twitter seems to be very positive as well. Plenty of people, including the mayor are cautiously optimistic about next year's race already. The country (world?) got to see a very positive view of our town, Baltimore, today, and that might be the biggest win of all.