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My first live Giants game (Vs Tampa).... some questions!

HEMIfan17 : 8/2/2017 8:54 pm
As a birthday present to my dad I got him tickets to his first live Giants game later in the year, the matchup against Tampa Bay on 10/1. This will also be my first Giants game or actually our first in-person NFL game to begin with. We hope it's worth the over 3 hour trip to get there.

But some questions for the fans that have been to the live games....

1. What are the home fans like at Raymond James stadium? How do they treat the opposing team fans?

2. How do you go about getting a field pass to possibly meet the players?

3. Being it's going to be an over 3 hour drive, what's the best time to get to the stadium as far as parking goes?

4. My dad suggests eating at a nearby restaurant to avoid paying the stadium food prices, are they really that bad?

Any suggestions will be very helpful. Thanks guys.
1. Tampa fans are generally fine...  
BigBlue in Keys : 8/2/2017 9:08 pm : link
Just like life, don't be a dick.

2. ?
3. Early as possible. I'd look into a cheap hotel right by the stadium for after. By the time the game is over and you get out of parking lot, that will feel like a long drive. You can stay for under $100.

4. Keep an eye out for our tailgate thread before the game and find us. Should be pushing 100 people this year.
RE: 1. Tampa fans are generally fine...  
Diver_Down : 8/2/2017 9:22 pm : link
In comment 13547991 BigBlue in Keys said:
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Just like life, don't be a dick.

2. ?
3. Early as possible. I'd look into a cheap hotel right by the stadium for after. By the time the game is over and you get out of parking lot, that will feel like a long drive. You can stay for under $100.

4. Keep an eye out for our tailgate thread before the game and find us. Should be pushing 100 people this year.


Re: Tailgate - I think Fred had mentioned close to 80, but if the Atlanta contingent shows up, it could easily be over 100.

Also, with regards to fans, they are a mellow group.
Went to a game there about five or six years ago  
JOrthman : 8/2/2017 9:37 pm : link
It was like New Jersey South. There were a ton of Giants fans there, so little to no hostility from opposing fans. Stadium was like an oven though.
Been to the last 3 games in Tampa  
Marty866b : 8/2/2017 10:40 pm : link
There will be at least as many Giant fans there as Bucs. The Buc fans are friendly and usually not confrontational. Go have a great time.
Fans are fine  
Big Rick in FL : 8/2/2017 11:10 pm : link
You won't meet any players on the field even if you could get a pass. Which you won't be able to. The Bucs aren't good about it. If you want to meet some players look for the team busses and wait there after the game.

Food isn't cheap, but it's not outrageous either. If you want to get something before there is a Chili's & Winghouse directly across the street. If you want to eat I'd get there at noon and get a parking spot close to the stadium. Then I'd walk to one of those restaurants and walk back to the stadium. Unless you guys aren't able to. It's about a mile worth of walking.
I've been to every game in Tampa  
GmeninPSL : 8/3/2017 12:42 am : link
the last 12 years (except the playoff game)and there are so many Giant fans at these games that you will feel very much at home. The last one I went to some 2 years ago, my entire section was basically made of Giant fans. I'm totally lucking out this year as my friend got a suite because there are so many of us going and the fact that it's an early season game and the heat is still very bad through mid November the suite part will be sweet! If this would have been a December game I think the suite idea would have been nixed.
For the record, if this were Jacksonville, it would be a very different opinion in terms of how Giant Fan friendly your experience would be. But Tampa or Miami, NO PROBLEM!
You and your dad have yourself a BLAST :)
Cool thing you're doing  
Joey in VA : 8/3/2017 2:17 am : link
And I have no advice, just kudos for being a good kid.
You're more than welcome to join us  
Fred-in-Florida : 8/3/2017 5:29 am : link
for the tailgate before the game. I'll start to post about it as we get closer. Plan the whole day. Yes we expect over 100.

What everybody said in above threads.

Most of us are from out of town and many are staying both Saturday and Sunday nights. We're going to meet Saturday night for dinner at Leroy Selmon's. By time the game is over it'll be after 7. Unless you leave before the game is over to beat traffic (then why go in the first place) you wouldn't get out until after 8 and a 3 hour ride it'll be 12. We'll cook after the game too!

Who else is going to the game?  
Fred-in-Florida : 8/3/2017 8:14 am : link
You're welcome to join us for the tailgate. Send me your e-mail so I can add you to the distribution.

Big Rick, Jim in Tampa, Ben in Tampa, Allstarjim!

Who else?!

RE: Who else is going to the game?  
Diver_Down : 8/3/2017 8:19 am : link
In comment 13548107 Fred-in-Florida said:
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You're welcome to join us for the tailgate. Send me your e-mail so I can add you to the distribution.

Big Rick, Jim in Tampa, Ben in Tampa, Allstarjim!

Who else?!


Fred, there are so many Giants fans going to that game that it will be MetLife South again.
I will be there  
jc in c-ville : 8/3/2017 10:09 am : link
Just got tickets yesterday- bus trip up from Cocoa Beach where I live.

jpcyr2002@yahoo.com
RE: I've been to every game in Tampa  
Fred-in-Florida : 8/3/2017 1:23 pm : link
In comment 13548055 GmeninPSL said:
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the last 12 years (except the playoff game)and there are so many Giant fans at these games that you will feel very much at home. The last one I went to some 2 years ago, my entire section was basically made of Giant fans. I'm totally lucking out this year as my friend got a suite because there are so many of us going and the fact that it's an early season game and the heat is still very bad through mid November the suite part will be sweet! If this would have been a December game I think the suite idea would have been nixed.
For the record, if this were Jacksonville, it would be a very different opinion in terms of how Giant Fan friendly your experience would be. But Tampa or Miami, NO PROBLEM!
You and your dad have yourself a BLAST :)


You too gmeninpsl
RE: Who else is going to the game?  
Existenz : 8/3/2017 3:39 pm : link
In comment 13548107 Fred-in-Florida said:
Quote:
You're welcome to join us for the tailgate. Send me your e-mail so I can add you to the distribution.

Big Rick, Jim in Tampa, Ben in Tampa, Allstarjim!

Who else?!


I'm planning on making it as well. Will be in Orlando the week before for a work conference and then heading to St Pete's to stay with a friend. Would be interested in the tailgate.

existenz18@gmail.com
RE: Who else is going to the game?  
HEMIfan17 : 8/8/2017 8:02 pm : link
In comment 13548107 Fred-in-Florida said:
Quote:
You're welcome to join us for the tailgate. Send me your e-mail so I can add you to the distribution.

Big Rick, Jim in Tampa, Ben in Tampa, Allstarjim!

Who else?!


Thanks for all the replies guys. I'm so looking forward to this! PS... can't find the link to PM my email here. I'm usually tech savvy so it's bugging me lol.
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