I don't have too much of a problem with the mask mandate. I do wish however they would at least try to enforce it if they're gonna have it. I'm in that older demographic you mentioned and I've had 3 jabs and feel pretty safe anyway.
Now, my beef:
I originally wasn't gonna bother getting into this cuz it might seem too much "get off my lawn" but this seems like a good place to mention it. Anyway, the arena has walk thru metal detectors and a small squad of people with wands. I'm guessing none of that is cheap.
We used to put our keys and phones in a bowl and walk on through. THIS year, they decided we would hold our keys and phones up like an offering to the gods and walk through. Last night, I was informed I now have to take off my coat and for some reason that I can't fathom, I was told to hold it over my head with my phone and walk through.
I've got a mask on, my glasses are fogging up, I'm trying to not drop my phone while I take off my coat and while holding it over my head. I was asked about my keys, but I said they never set off the machine so they let that go. I walked on through without an issue. I get to games very early and walk the concourse for exercise. I watched the action at the gates last night and the "take off your coats" seemed to be unevenly enforced. By 6:30 or so, it wasn't enforced at all.
Am I being discriminated against because I like to arrive early? Is there some data out there that says that college basketball terrorists only arrive early?? And what exactly does taking off my coat ensure?
THAT is the kind of silly sh!t that's gonna help this old fogey decide whether to go to a game or not. I've already decided I'm gonna stay home Saturday and watch it on TV. I have a cheap season ticket (upper bowl, end zone) and I may just continue to renew it (in the unlikely event we ever play Kansas or Duke) but stay home in a warm house with cheap snacks, no gas or parking, no cold 6 block walk, no worry about getting mugged or car stolen, (although I'd miss that scintillating Plinko game) and just watch online or TV. I told the woman at the gate last night it's getting to be more trouble than it's worth to actually go to the game.
I've noticed in my section, several season ticket holders have missed more games than they've attended. That may change during the conference season of course, but if we keep losing home games late, it may not.