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My husband and I were in section 104 for both Chicago and Paul Simon. We were very disappointed because we could neither see the stage or the screen due to people in front of us and in the aisle beside us standing up and dancing in the aisles. We were tempted to move to the back so that we could at least see the screen and enjoy the concert. We felt that if the concert was going to be like this, there should only be one price.
Before the Paul Simon concert my husband talked to the security guard in front and told him that if people rushed the staged he was considering calling the fire marshall during the concert. The aisles were blocked in the 100 sections. We could not have gotten out safely had there been a fire. The crazy thing was, the people standing in the aisles next to us, and blocking our view of the screen were watching the screen, not the stage! They could have done that from their seat rather than block our view.
Does anyone know whether the Sands Expo theater is organized to prevent the same situation from happening? Is AARP going to stop it next year? Who can we contact? We are booked with seats in the inner circle (we booked the seats the first day of the DC Convention) and I am tempted to change them for seats in the back if the same thing could happen again.
Don’t get me wrong. Both Chicago and Paul Simon were wonderful, what we saw of them, but we could have seen them better from the cheap seats.
I actually did not mind so much that people were up front and dancing. I did mind that they were standing in my row so I could not stand up. And, as I mentioned, they were bothering Quincy Jones. The aisles should have remained clear. It was tough getting through the crowd to go to the rest rooms. The Chicago concert was not a problem at all. No one was standing in my row. I could get out into the aisle and I could see. It was the Paul Simon concert that was rough. It was my choice to move to the back and I was happy to do it. I did not let it ruin my fun.
In Vegas, I think things will be different. When I have gone to concerts in the round, there is usually very little room around the stage. We will have to wait and see.