Thousands of fans who were kept from the Paul McCartney at Candlestick Park concert on August 14 due to poor parking organization were pained to learn that they would not be receiving refunds after essentially missing the entire show. Today, a Change.org petition is online to reclaim the ticket costs after what would-be concert-goers are calling “negligent lack of planning.”
According to KPIX, at least 2,000 people were held up by unregulated traffic both entering and leaving the show, causing not only a congested car flow, but also a potential safety hazard (the petitioners cite that number much higher, at around 5,000 people). “All concert goers were put at a great risk if there had been any kind of emergency at or near the venue,” the complaint reads. “No emergency services would have been able to reach people in need.”
It goes on to describe the situation as “totally inefficient” and cites instances of a woman who was forced to wait three hours until the early morning for traffic to clear until she could get her car towed, and a house fire nearby whose victim was left with life-threatening injuries due to the fire trucks being delayed by the “intense traffic jam.”
More relevantly, concert-goers who paid $40 for parking were reportedly left driving around a lot with no available spots, and disabled ticketholders were denied access to ADA-required parking accommodations.
The petitioners name Gregg Perloff & Another Planet Entertainment and Mayor Ed Lee as the responsible parties who “should be held accountable” and claim that the city is obligated to provide equal access to the event. “It is unethical for them to profit from sales of this event when they were unable to competently manage access to it.”
The Change.org petition currently sits at around 200 signature strong.