Thank you all patrons for your patience last night.
All of the seat vendors were sent home around 5:30 in anticipation of severe weather and a Thursday double header. Consequently, lines were very long if you wanted a drink, peanuts, or a dog.
The vendors that were in the stadium were told that their was an 80% chance that the game would be called, and bad weather would be coming in around 6:30. Actually playing the game came as a huge surprise to most of the employees. We busted hard to get through the lines as quickly as we could.
There have been a lot of patron complaints in the last 2 years about the large number of seat vendors. To correct this, Levy restaurants (the concession company) has not hired any new vendors in that time and occasionally sends veteran vendors home without pay. They've also started a new system where some senior vendors get wristbands to sell in the 100 level sections and the rest are confined to the 200 levels or the upperdeck.
The vendors that worked last night had a profitable night. Ticket holders had fewer sightline obstructions, but endured long lines. Seat vendors, some who scrape by and depend on this for a living, were all sent home without pay. The indecision by Cubs on whether to start the game or not made for a very weird night.
Thank you, again, for all your patience.