Expedia’s #outthere competition winner Mark Stewart had $10,000 to spend on the trip of a lifetime. He headed to North America for a Football fix.
American football, a game like no other.
As a kid, I used to watch the weekly Don Lane show on the ABC. I became a 49ers fan after visiting San Francisco at 11 years old and purchased my very own Joe Montana jersey. I’d never actually seen the spectacle live so I’ve always wondered what a live game would be like. I decided my #outthere competition holiday wouldn’t be complete without seeing an NFL game and a college game.
There’s a buzz in the air on game day in America. This isn’t just a game, it’s a culture and it consumes the whole day and the whole city. It starts with “tailgating”, where fans descend on the car parks around the stadium and set up camp, with their SUVs, TV’s, eskies, chairs, tables, BBQ’s the works! It’s a big party leading up to game time, and as kickoff approaches those fans with tickets slowly make their way into the stadium, whilst those without remain outside at their sites with their beers and portable TV’s (and in some cases, full size LCD screens!)
Our first game took place in Dallas, Texas. Home of the Cowboys and the most prestigious cheerleader group in the league – the Cowgirls! It was the opening home game of the season and they were playing against the San Francisco 49ers. The Stadium in Dallas is the largest dome stadium in the world, seating 80,000 with another 20,000 standing room, and two 7-storey LCD HD screens. It was massive, and had a sell out crowd. We managed to get tickets in the front row, level two, right behind the goal line. We had a fantastic view of the game. Unfortunately the Cowboys played quite poorly and lost the game in a one sided affair. This didn’t matter so much in the overall scheme of things, as there was a large 49er contingent, and plenty of atmosphere and trash talk amongst the fans! The party continued after the game outside the stadium, with live music and entertainment. All in all, it was a great day out and a wonderful experience for our first NFL game.