Same drill tonight for Game 4 of the Oilers – Ducks series at Rogers Place. If you have to ‘go’ there’s one more washroom for the guys on each of the main and upper concourses, and one less for the ladies.
The playoffs have meant more excitement, more liquid refreshments, and — as Tim Shipton of the Oilers Entertainment Group said –more demand on the facilities. Having additional fans in Ford Hall on top of the 18,000 in the seats has made a difference.
“Going into Game 4, we made the decision to swap one washroom on the main concourse and one washroom on the upper concourse from female to male to accommodate what is a fairly significantly skewed demographic of males at the game.”
The only slight change for Game 4, Shipton said, is they are going to erect more stanchions to help direct traffic.
“Just to try to speed up the whole queueing process on washrooms on the main and upper concourse and if you can get people queued up, in and out in a shorter amount of time, people aren’t waiting around, they aren’t getting caught up in the crowds, that’ll definitely help with people doing that.”
Five seconds times 20,000 people adds up. “If you’re able to shave seconds off time spent going to the washroom, overall when the building’s at capacity, you do save significant time and can shorten lineups,” Shipton said.
Prior to each game or concert, Shipton said, the management team meets to anticipate what is in store for them that evening. “We do that for all events, that analysis. And, in fact, those concerts that skew towards female we’ve swapped from male to female and most recently John Mayer, and for this (Game 4) the crowd will be skewed towards a male demographic. We are going to flip, and we’ll review after every game.”
In the off-season, they’ll look at possible long-term changes by adding an “enhanced capital investment.”