New boulevard must include drop-off to arena

Published: August 8, 2012

With the demolition of the old Interstate 40 downtown, many good suggestions have been made concerning the planned replacement boulevard. While Chesapeake Energy Arena is a first-class facility, I've seen nothing concerning a staging area for taxis, limos and fans to drop off people and pick them up. West Reno, which runs on the north side of the arena, is the normal staging area for taxis and limos. But many times during the regular season and every time in the playoffs, Reno was shut off for fan activities. The drivers have no idea what to expect or what the police are enforcing on any particular night.

For example, one night we arrived to find Reno blocked off so the driver went over to E.K. Gaylord. Our group got out of the vehicle to discover a motorcycle officer with three vehicles stopped. It was a taxi, limo and mother dropping off teenagers. He was writing tickets the moment anyone got out of a vehicle. The officer had his hands full and didn't notice us. I approached him and asked where the drop-off area for the game was. He said, “Not here.” The same thing happened a block north a few games later. I hope this is taken into consideration when planning the boulevard on the south side of the arena.

Craig Blankenship, Edmond


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