Most of the nearly 100,000 people in the Rose Bowl last night seemed to enjoy the U2 concert.
So did most of the people in the neighborhoods surrounding the Arroyo Seco, with some having outdoor parties to take in the show’s audio at least.
It was indeed very, very loud, very far away.
At least one homeowner wrote the Rose Bowl and the mayor and copied me and didn’t like it at all. In fact, he’s demanding retribution. His letter, taking out his name and a few identifying details, follows:
My wife and I have lived (near the Rose Bowl) since 1982. This is about 1/2 mile from the stadium. We value the Rose Bowl and appreciate that it often makes good efforts to keep the operations of various sporting and entertainment events as unobtrusive as possible. Something went terribly, terribly wrong last evening (10/25/09) however. Even though we had our double-glazed windows and doors shut, the sound from the U-2 concert reverberated within our home making it hard to talk, impossible to ignore and impossible to sleep. We called the police, the Rose Bowl operating company, the local councilmember, and the mayor’ office to request help — all to no avail.
It is my opinion that allowing the speakers to be placed up so high and operated at full volume was the origin of the problem. The sound was not confined to the interior of the stadium as is usually the case but went off to the surrounding homes. Although your company wrote that a “sound check” would be done, we did not hear one and so were totally unprepared for the awful and truly frightening level of sound that intruded into our home from about 7:15 p.m. to about 11:45 p.m last evening.
This was about 4 hours of painful and frightening noise which scared us and upset us.
As a result of your negligence and nuisance my wife and I demand four things:
1. A written explanation and apology for the noise;
2. A promise that this high positioning of speakers such that the sound can escape will not be repeated;
3. A payment of $400 for the emotional distress caused by your nuisance and negligence; and
4. This payment may be made as a donation to the Pasadena Humane Society in our name if you notify us that it has been made.