Who doesn’t like a party?
Every year I make the religious trek south to Buffalo to take in a Bills game. In fact, that’s an understatement. I’ve been to Cleveland, Green Bay, Atlanta, Detroit, and New York for games too. Last night, I was in DC and headed over to the Redskins game. I don’t go because I love football. I don’t go because I love the teams. I go because I love a party. So what gives, Canada?
We embrace nearly every facet of the American culture. Their films, their music, their sports, etc. Yet, when it comes to football games in Canada (or at least in T.O.) we stick to the age old: We came (usually 5 mins after kickoff), we saw (and sat politely without disturbing our fellow patrons), we conquered (sometimes).
If you’ve never been to an NFL game – you are missing out. Fans show up HOURS before game time. They set up in the parking lot with chairs and music and beer and TVs and footballs and BBQs and hackey-sacks… and they party. It’s a day long celebration honouring the football gods. Some of them don’t even go in to the game – they hang out in the parking lot and watch on giant TVs they’ve hauled along in rental vans! It is really one of the most remarkable events America puts on. Every week. Across the country. That means 16 parties every week with 100,000 of your closest pals.
So, why is it that we can’t do the same? Is it that the skydome does not have the close, lot upon lot parking that the NFL stadiums have? Perhaps. But what about Exhibition place? That had plenty of said space. Is it because we as Canadians are too reserved to let our hair down and have a good time? I think not.
So what gives? Anyone?
Here’s hoping that with the Argos move to York University the ownership will grasp this opportunity to embrace the ‘gate. It would be a great way to get some Torontonians interested in going to Argos games again. Forget the product on the field. Show us a party – and we’ll come!