November 16, 2014 Matchup: Chicago Bears (w) vs. Minnesota Vikings
I had to fly to Chicago for a work trip
Took a 7am flight to Chicago. Followed by public transportation.
It was snow storm that morning and we got to the stadium pretty early.
We were VERY high up on the 50 yard line. We were in row 28 (7 rows from the top). Very steep stairs.
The stadium is similar to Buffalo where the stadium is deep set into the ground so we entered at the 300/400 level so lower levels where down.
Heat warmers DID NOT HELP us fight the cold.
They had beautiful marble in front of the stadium. Makes it look gorgeous from the outside. Very odd setup on the inside.
The team was just coming off an embarrassing loss vs. the Packers. The fans were rather unhappy. They often boo'ed - especially Cutler. They never really were happy, even when they won. After the game they were more focused on getting out of the stadium and no one was happy or cheering.
They sang a song when they scored like most teams.
Cheered "Bear Down"
The fans drank so much beer. Those beer guys bringing beer to seated fans were never bored and constantly busy.
Had deep dish pizza while in Chicago :)
Took a cab to Boiling Brook, IL where i stayed for the night before my business meeting.
November 9th, 2014 Matchup: Green Bay Packers (w) vs. Chicago Bears
Lower tier seats, on the 10 yard line
Freezing. While reported at 32 degrees, it felt more like 10 degrees.
Sunday Night Football! Late evening game
Next to us was a guy who looked a lot like Jeff Daniels and he dressed up like the characters from Dumb and Dumber
Behind us were 40 year old women who screamed like 14 year old girls
Seating was stadium benches (metal)
Lots of people taking photos outside the stadium of all their historic statues and plazas
We had to get in a line to get into the Green Bay shop
A guy in line behind us at the hot dog stand asked to take a "random selfie" with Steve.
Stadium was absolutely chaotic and a buzz
We were asked to participate in a stadium stunt holding up cards to create a pattern for the opening anthem.
It was Veteran's Day weekend so we all got camo flags and encouraged to wave
At half time there was a video feed with soldiers abroad.
Nelson had a gajillion touch downs
Chicago Bears didn't really show up. It was record breaking TDs in the first half for Rogers.
Final score was 56-10 or something like that. Very embarassing for the Bears
Saturday we flew into Chicago and met up with Dan and Lisa!! Hung out in Chicago with them for the day. Loved seeing my best friend.
We had quite a comedy of errors that morning while landing in Chicago. We made the wrong turn possible every time. The car they gave us was the smallest car ever.
On the drive from Chicago to Green Bay, we played our classic game of naming each team's QB, each team's RB, and each team's wide receive. I actually scored very well on naming each team's stadium. Steve did well with each team's coach's name.
On Sunday morning we did the Packers Heritage Trail where we stopped at 22 'landmark' spots around Green Bay.
We took a bus from our hotel to the stadium vs. driving. After the game, there was NO TRAFFIC, even around the stadium. It was a miracle.
On Monday morning we did a tour of Lombeau Field. GREAT TOUR. We got to go on the field, we got to go to the top of the stadium and shout out and hear the echo. Very cool stuff. Saw all their club seats. Great history.
Overall weather was very cold and lots of snow predicted.
Coming home we spent a night in Milwaukee. I liked Milwaukee as a city to live/work in but as a tourist, there really wasn't a lot to do if you're not into beer factories. It was also raining.
September 21st, 2014 Matchup: Buffalo Bills vs. San Diego Chargers (w)
Drove three hours from Ithica to Buffalo. Was in Ithica for a friend's wedding
Very rainy day, with lots of clouds, periodic rain, but still hot/muggy
Bleacher seats (metal)
High up but on 45 ish. Only a few away from the top of the stadium
The Bills future was still questionable at the time - if they would be sold and moved or not.
The stadium is set as a hole in the ground. Comes up out of no where. Not viewable from the highway at all.
A TON of people were taken out of the game
People tour up the program brochure and made it into confetti which they periodically threw in the air.
Danny Woodhead broke his leg during the game
EJ Manuel was still starting at the time
Even if it was upstate New York, I could still tell the commonalities with downstate new yorkers... when the team wasn't doing well, the fans would be quick to boo. No tolerance for second rate performance.
Derek and Jen's wedding!
Coming from Ithica, we drove for MILES without other cars on the road. The speed limit arbitrarily would change as we were driving on one road. Lots of corn fields.
No one seems to park at the stadium parking. We pull over into a random person's parking driveway and paid pretty cheap rates. We walked the rest of the way to Ralph Wilson Stadium.
We went into the city of Buffalo after the game. Buffalo reminded both me and my husband of Worcester, MA. We went to the Anchor Bar for the ORIGINAL buffalo chicken wing... my favorite was the pizza rolls (spring roll of pizza).
Team 19 of 32
Award: Most Active Security Staff Award for sniper-like diligence
November 18 2012 Matchup: Dallas Cowboys (w) vs. Cleveland Browns Setting:
Seats were middle tier - at eye level with the MASSIVE 60-yards long TV Screen. We were seated around the 40 yard line
Cheerleaders and girls on poles were very prevalent
I discovered a digital-shop (where you scan QR codes to shop on your phone)
On 3rd down, Cowboys played "Stand Up and Shout" using an animated claymation cowboy character to lipsync on the big screen. Let's just saw there were lots of 3rd downs... the song is permanently associated with cowboys in my mind. #musicmarketing
Staying in Dallas was an extension of my business trip
We stayed at SpringHill Suites near by the stadium/walking distance
Toured the JFK Sixth Floor Museum
Failed to visit a BBQ place, but had great Mexican