Gum, blackened by feet and weather, stuck everywhere. It was wedged under seats, sat nakedly on the concourse and pocked the sidewalk. Rodney Garcia and 6,000 other Jehovah’s Witnesses would be gum’s undoing Saturday.
On his hands and knees in Qualcomm Stadium’s concourse, Garcia, a 53-year-old with a salt and pepper mustache, went after the gum with vigor. He’s plenty familiar with the stadium. The company he works for recently was subcontracted to do wallpaper work there. He did that job just fine, he said. But scraping gum off concrete is different.
“I would never see myself scraping,” Garcia said. “For the stadium? No. For my God? Absolutely.”