Originally Posted by AlphaDog
Since people are moving basically just ONE WAY each time, it would make sense to have both bridges as entry/exits. Since both will be used for people going in one direction IN before the game, and in one direction OUT of the arena after the game.
It would be a waste to funnel everyone onto one bridge going in, and have the other bridge empty, then have everyone funnel onto the other bridge after the game, leaving the 'entrance' bridge empty.
According to Herod's column, you can exit either bridge but can only enter the facility through the north bridge. This is the first I've heard about that although I know SMG was originally against having two main entrances and therefore wanted only one bridge built.
I think the concern is that there will only be a box office at the north entrance so if someone without a ticket tries to enter via the south bridge, they won't be able to buy tickets there and would therefore need to turn around, walk back on the bridge to St. Paul St. and then down St. Paul St. to the north bridge. However, I think proper signage telling people that there is no access to the box office from the south bridge would eliminate that concern. You could even station a person at the beginning of the south bridge to make sure that no fans enter the bridge without a ticket. But that person would need to be paid, as would additional ticket takers at the south entrance, which I think is a big concern for SMG.
If it becomes an issue, I think they will have to open the south bridge as a entrance. The other option is for the city to build a box office at the beginning of the south bridge, which was an extra cost option on one of the losing proposals. Of course, that is still something that can be done in the future if needed.