MCC GM of venue events Gerard Griffin has apologised for the long time fans had to wait in line at the Queen’s Birthday clash yesterday.
The MCC gates opened at 1:00pm yesterday, giving thousands of fans just an hour to find a seat before the Big Freeze 4 slide commenced at 2:00pm.
“In hindsight, we would do it differently and we apologise to all those fans who were affected,” Griffin told SEN’s Whateley.
“We sit down every Monday morning and not only try to predict the attendance, but try and predict using the history and data to predict the arrival pattern.
“Naturally on the back of the performances of the two teams, the excitement about the 18 coaches going down the slide, we did factor in for a bigger and earlier arrival pattern.
“Our factoring was still blown out of the water. We were factoring about a 25 percent increase in arrival times around that 12.30-1.30 period, it turned out to be about double that.
“Our predictions and the tactics we deployed simply couldn’t cope with those volumes. We did try and adjust at the running, but I can’t deny it, we couldn’t handle the volumes and it hindsight we would run a different model.”
Originally published on SEN.com.au