This Saturday evening we are going down to Washington D.C. to watch the D.C. United take on Everton F.C. in a soccer friendly. Everton, like other top-level European teams, is spending some of their pre-season here in the United States playing in American stadiums in front of American fans.
If Everton wasn’t our favorite team in the English Premiere League, we probably wouldn’t be going to the game. The reason? The heat.
It’s supposed to reach 102 degrees on Saturday.
As soon as I realized how hot it was going to be on game day, I made plans to fill my book-bag with plastic bottles of water before heading down to the game. When it’s really hot, drinking lots of water is a physical necessity.
There’s a problem. From the D.C. United website:
Outside food and beverages is prohibited inside RFK Stadium however special exceptions will be made for small children or individuals with specific food allergies. One (1) clear, plastic factory sealed water bottle per person is permitted during heat advisories ONLY.
So even during a heat advisory, people are allowed only one (1) bottle of “factory” sealed water. How much water should a person drink during a heat advisory? I’m guessing more than one single bottle of water.
And what exactly constitutes a heat advisory? Does the Council of Heat get together at the Hall of Heat and take an official vote?
We humans need water. The human body is composed of over 90% water. Water isn’t like any other food or beverage. People don’t drink water because they like the taste. Water is water. It’s a life-sustaining liquid that a person is supposed to drink for the sake of their health. This becomes especially important on very hot days.
The organization that runs RFK doesn’t have a problem with people drinking water in the stadium, no, they just want people to drink their water, water they will undoubtedly sell at a huge markup. Selling water for an exorbitant price when temperatures are forecasted to be above 100 degrees is immoral. It ought to be illegal, especially when the seller of said water forbids people to bring their own.
It’s wrong and I don’t like it.