3 ways Cubs Convention could be improved: #1 - Finally fix the bingo seating so nobody gets trampled when the doors open
Cubs Bingo is the unquestioned pinnacle of the weekend. Anyone who's ever gone knows that - and those who have climbed to the top of the proverbial mountain and actually won understands there are few higher highs to feel.
But it has to be changed. This year, folks were lining up outside the main ballroom more than 2 1/2 hours before the doors opened for the event. You could actually hear the buzz of this crowd outside while the panel with some of the members of the 1984 team took place. Then, after 2+ hours of waiting, it was a typical mad dash, despite security members trying to let folks enter in waves rather than all at once.
There has to be some sort of system - where it's tied to your registration for the event - where the Cubs can take their pool of people, figure out just how many sign up for bingo, divvy them up across a certain number of tables based on group sizes, etc. and give everyone assigned tables.
No more 2 1/2 hour wait. No more anxiety and stress waiting in a crowded lobby and missing out on that time when you could be doing other things. Calmly enter the room, find your table and take a seat. I'm not saying it would be an insignificant effort - but the payoff and improvement in the fan experience would be immeasurable.