I first became aware of this back when season ticket and parking renewals were sent out. When I saw that lot 14 wasn't on the list of "cash overflow areas", I called and was confirmed that it was closed. Five months later we were still hoping that it would be open. Then the official tweet came out late Friday night to dash those dreams.
The backup plan was to go to HCC and then we were turned away because they didn't open until 4pm. We ended up in lot 8/10 which was horrible. You are flagged to your spot, grass lot, mud due to the recent rain and a lot of our folks had ant bites. More than 2/3 of our group were spread out in different lots. It was miserable considering what we were used to in lot 14. We want paved lots and plenty of room to tailgate and throw a football. I plan on calling RJS this week to see if HCC opening 3 hours before kickoff is standard. On their site it's listed under "5 hours before kickoff."
Been at lot 14 since '01. Sad tailgating day yesterday.... That's for sure.