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The following “thank you” notes are written with a facetious undertone, based on our personal experience at the Winter Jam concert at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, PA, last night (January 17, 2014):
To all the people at Gate C at the Bryce Jordan Center last night who decided to disregard the line formation to get in to Winter Jam, THANK YOU. That was a really good Christian witness. I know I, for one, really appreciate the fact that I stood in line in the cold for an hour and 15 minutes, while some of you waited about 10 minutes and pushed in before us. It was nice to finally get inside, only to realize most of the seats were taken – except for those behind the stage. I’m sure all the kids whose hearts were set on seeing some of their favorite Christian singers and bands were just thrilled to be turned away after the long wait. The fact that you so willingly disobeyed several commandments to get into a Christian concert really speaks to me.
To the Bryce Jordan Center, THANK YOU. Your system of lining people up – forming a line up along the left-hand side of the sidewalk, going back down, and back up along the right – that really seems to work quite well. Especially when you end up opening the doors at Gate C on the LEFT. Those people who were the most recent to get in line somehow managed to bypass the “rules” and were the FIRST to enter the concert venue. That makes a tremendous amount of sense. I mean, why would you waste the time on putting up ropes and guidelines for people to follow? After all, it’s a Christian concert and all the people there should be more than willing to follow the rules. It would seem silly to post people outside to actually direct the traffic, right? Even after people obviously complained, the fact that you still did NOTHING . . . that really speaks to me too. A female employee at Gate C (I didn’t catch her name) was tremendously helpful and respectful. And paying $10 to park when we didn’t even get to see the concert . . . well, I’m just thrilled to give a donation to a business that obviously knows how to run the show.
To NewSong, THANK YOU. It was obvious to me at last year’s concert that you really have a heart for people, which is why you choose to host Winter Jam each year. However, I might recommend a different method of selling tickets. This “first come first serve thing” really doesn’t work. Especially when those who actually come first get pushed out of the way and those who don’t wait at all push and shove their way to the doors. It’s a shame to think that this happens at a Christian concert, but I’ve been witness to it. I would highly recommend considering a new method for future years. Why not do a first come first serve ONLINE? At least that way people would know that they are guaranteed a seat. And people driving a distance to get there wouldn’t end up turning around to leave, disappointed. A bunch of people pushing, shoving, and just being generally rude really doesn’t seem like it goes together with a Christian concert. Just my two cents . . .
In conclusion, unless something seriously changes regarding Winter Jam, I won’t ever be returning. I’m sorry, but I have no time to stand outside with a bunch of people with no regard for their peers. And, I won’t be in a hurry to return to the Bryce Jordan Center for ANY upcoming events. I’ll take my business to the Giant Center, thank you very much!