I am not a football fan. I don’t get it…despite years of my father and grandfather and brother and J trying to explain the rules. To me, it’s just a bunch of guys throwing a ball around and randomly jumping on each other.
As much as I’m not a football fan, I am a big fan of football Sundays. Fall is my favorite season and I love cool, crisp Sundays, hanging in the house with football on TV. But I just like the sound of it in the background while I do other things. I don’t actually watch the games. Except the Superbowl…and then I only watch for the commercials.
However, this year is the year I become a true football fan. Because this year we have season tickets to the NY Giants. J has always wanted these tickets and he’s been on the waiting list forever and he finally got them…but there’s a catch.
For those of you that aren’t aware, the Jets and Giants built a new stadium this year and they added a bunch of seats so more people could get season tickets. They also added a per seat license fee. So the deal now is that you buy a license and that license gives you the right to buy season tickets every year.* (They used the license fees to help finance the building of the new stadium.)
So now we have Giants tickets and for some reason J thinks I want to go to the games with him. Saturday was the first pre-season game and, to be honest, I was totally dreading it. I kept hoping he was going to invite someone else. He didn’t, so I sucked it up and off we went.
Our friends didn’t go to the game, so we decided not to tailgate beforehand. We got there just in time for kickoff, found our seats and settled in. This is the view from our seats…
I’m told that these aren’t ideal seats because when the action is happening on the other end of the field it’s tough to see. I thought they were just fine. We were able to see everything and the energy in the stadium was great. It was exciting just to be there. And there are humongous TVs everywhere in case you do miss something. I drove J crazy with a million questions, but I am determined to understand the game if I’m going to be sitting there every other Sunday for the next three months! (Question of the night…”Isn’t the coach of the Steelers the one that looks like Omar Epps?” This got a few snickers from the guys sitting in front of us.)
The Giants got their asses handed to them by the Steelers. It was so bad that we ended up leaving in the middle of the 4th quarter. I made J post for this photo on the way out…much to his chagrin. There is one of me too, but I looked terrible, so you will never see that one!
Overall, we had a great time. There are some issues with parking at the stadium and it ended up taking us 45 minutes to get to our car after the game…which was ridiculous and frustrating. I blame it partly on the stadium for not planning better and partly on J…who decided, for various reasons, that we did not need parking passes. Guess what…we need them. Guess what else…there are no more. I’m working on rectifying this situation before the next game.
Oh…and an ice cream cone…$7. The line for a $7 ice cream? Insanely long…like 20 minutes. However, it was delicious and worth every penny. I can’t wait for the next game.
*The per seat license fee is insanely expensive. For the pleasure of handing over that ridiculous sum of money we are entitled to give them even more money for season tickets. That is about all we get with the license. We don’t get any kind of preferential treatment for concerts or other events at the stadium. Hell…the license fees don’t even include parking for the games. I’m not saying I think we should get anything for free…but pre-sale concert tickets would be nice.