I harassed this woman at the gate on the way in when she said "you can't bring anything in" (explaining that I had to throw my water bottle away), to which I responded "can I bring my shirt in?" On the way out, she asked me if I had a good time, and I responded that it was so-so. I also said I was used to thing like Cinci and Chicago, so this was kind of sad. She responded "well, we tried." I've got to say they didn't try. If they want to have a big event, put the money into it. Perhaps your first year will be a loss, but if you establish it as an event, people will come the next year. If you wallow in mediocrity, you won't pass the threshold to having a good event.
I also have to comment on the security. I understand that liability is a huge issue, but having a policy that states "No alcohol, drugs, tobacco, guns, knives or cameras." seems a bit silly to me. Do they think by stating that you're not allowed to bring weapons in that that will keep people from bringing them in if they want? Do they think that Springfield is an area where they have to state such a policy, rather than people accepting it as common knowledge at large events? And was the cursory wanding of me necessary? The thing was triggered by what I assume was my zipper when he waved it over my crotch, at which point the guy waved me in, w/o asking me to lift my shirt, or checking that it was some other metal. Paying lip service to security is dumb.