Yeah, I was thinking about Target Field as a comparison but that is much more of a "herding" procedure where everything is all on one level and it is a matter of lining up here versus there or traveling this path instead of that.My guess will be that they'll use some sort of stanchion or baracades, like is done at Target Field Station on game days. There are always plenty of security & police to manage those crowds. I'm not worried about that at all. The City has been very forthright about their expectations that Met Council and MSFA plan for the crowds accordingly with regard to this station. So I'm actually glad to see this proposal and information 2 years ahead of the stadium opening.Unless there are physical barriers that FORCE people to use this staircase to another staircase it is going to fail. If the football-game-going populace has a choice between mounting a giant staircase only to descend another one or crossing a street and giving the finger to trains and cars, guess which one they will choose.
At Target Field, we aren’t talking about ignoring an obviously simple path and instead mounting a huge staircase.
In the case of the Vikings stadium proposal, there is going to be an obvious visual connection AT GRADE and an obvious path.
<"Hey, look across the street at the million people flowing into the stadium that I'd like to get into. I should cross this street in the same manner that I have crossed streets my entire life to get to my destination.>
Cop: "Sorry, you can't cross this street as you have crossed streets your whole life; instead, mount that 18' staircase and then descend it on the other side."
“But it's right there, I could just walk across..."
Cop: "No, it's unsafe and holds up traffic."