Soon, my family is driving 10 hours to go to a college football game. This is mainly to please my 16 year old, who roots for this team with all his heart.
I looked up the stadium policies online, so that there would be no surprised on game day. It's one of these massive stadiums that seats over 87,000 people, so I figure regulations might be tight.
"Umbrellas, video cameras, still cameras with detachable lenses (SLR-type), backpacks, recording devices, artificial noisemakers, food/beverage containers, bottles, weapons, stadium seats with arms and alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside xxx Stadium, as well as items deemed inappropriate or unsafe by stadium personnel."
Hmmm. Going to this game is a park the car and stay gone from it from 8 hours kind of thing--huge amounts of walking all over campus, far from car. My plan was his smallish backpack with an insulated lunchbox for the insulin (game in deep South in the afternoon), meter, pricker, syringes, insulin, some juices, snacks, etc. Sure, there is food in stadium, but not that you can get on a moment's notice.
Called the ticket office. Basically was told that was just tough. I kept arguing, saying that certainly they wouldn't want to keep from son from carrying what he medically needs. And food is a medical need sometimes from a type 1 diabetic.
Finally got transferred to the athletic office. They said he would need a letter from doctor stating need to carry these things. And that I would have to call back tomorrow to speak to "Judy," who was gone for the day, but who could tell us exactly what we need to do.
Ai-yi-yi. I'm so glad I'm handling this in advance. A scene at the stadium gate is just what my son needs to teach him the lesson to not carry with him what he needs.
But so what happens when he goes off to college? If he goes to a school with huge athletic facilities and he wants to go to games? He'll have to go through stuff like this all the time? Should we just laminate the letter from the doctor? Or will he just learn the lesson that I'm trying to put off for two years of not carrying with him what he needs?
We've taken him to the Lincoln Center events in NYC (Opera and Symphony) and just showed them everything in his bag and there's been no problem.