I’ve been wanting to attend a Pro-Football game for the past forever it feels like.
I grew up in a relatively pro-49er home, but I think it was that way mostly because of proximity. We hosted a few Super Bowl Sunday parties over my childhood, I played football with my Dad & brother for fun in our front living room, and in junior high my P.E. class held me in high regard for my ability to throw a football with great accuracy- despite being a girl. I was always the first chosen for a team when it came to flag football (first girl anyway). And in High School, we had a great football team that gave me better reasons to show up to the Friday night games and watch.
And that’s pretty much my Football history.
But, of course Social Media and moving to the Bay Area pushed my desire to actually attend a game (#11 on this year’s list, # 13 on 2012’s list) which is exactly how we closed out our 2014 this past Sunday. We clearly were good luck charms for the 49er’s, who I guess were on a losing streak and just announced they were saying good bye to Coach Harbaugh. My computer just auto-corrected his last name for me. It was also fitting to bring our newborn son, Levi, to check out the Stadium that was named in his honor ;)
I have mixed opinions of our overall experience. First, the traffic getting there and in to the game was non-exsistent for us. Literally. We pulled into a Target parking lot located about 2 miles away, opened up our Uber app and ordered a driver that took us to the entrance of the Stadium for a whopping total of $6.
Second, coming up on the lower stadium seating and looking out onto the field, it was as if I was watching it all take place on my yard. Everything was so close! I almost felt like my eyes were playing tricks on me. Amazing.
Unfortunately, our seats were on the next level up. Which still had really great viewing, but after spending a few minutes walking around and taking everything in I started to feel really bitter because we passed a thousand or so people all with their special badges that got them onto the better elevators, to the better seats, into the better restaurants, using the better bathrooms. It all felt very Caste-System like. Booooo. I don’t like feeling like I’m a lower class citizen.
We tried to visit the museum, but I guess that closes during the game. We tried to check out some restaurants, but we don’t know the right people. We tried going into the souvenir store, but there was a line.
The game was great to watch, however. Blake & I like to mock anybody and everybody in our line of viewing, so that was half the entertainment. And the fact that there was some great plays and an ultimate win for our home team, made it all worth it in the end. Levi slept through it all, however, so he’ll have to do a do-over one day…