It's alive! I suppose with this years college football season underway I should finally get around to doing my next Photo TR: the Las Vegas Bowl. Say what you will about USC, but despite the worst NCAA sanctions ever and a revolving door of head coaches last season...they still never finished below .500. Last season culminated with a dominating performance in the Las Vegas Bowl, which is conveniently just a 4 hour drive from LA...
The stadium itself is very bare minimum. Probably all UNLV needs, but really the best way to describe it is an overgrown high school stadium. There's nothing special about it at all.
Soon I should also have a report from an Angel's game last season as well. Just have to get those photos off my old phone.
Welcome to Sam Boyd Stadium....located about 20 minutes away from the strip
For the Vegas Bowl, across the street in a park they had all the sponsors set up trying to sell you stuff...it wasn't that exciting.
Here's what the concourses look like. Very minimal. Almost like an overgrown high school stadium.
The fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo rooms...again, very bare minimum.
An overview of most of the stadium. Press box/suites on one side only.
No bowl game would be complete without giant American flag and a flyover (since the stadium is close to Nellis AFB)
The scoreboard. Very crappy video board. Good thing all I needed to see was the final score! The tent below was set up as "on field suites."
Figured now is as good a time as ever to bring some new life into this thread!
When I visited Orlando back in November, it just so happened to coincide with the Laker's visit to Orlando as well. It was bittersweet, since Kobe didn't play and the Lakers lost (one of many....), but a Trojan won the game on a buzzer beater!
It's a nice arena with what seemed like great sightlines and all the bells and whistles you would expect from a new arena. It also has a giant attached parking garage, which is convenient but not so fun to exit out of.
Here's the concourse. Nice and Spacious, as you would expect for a new arena
An overview of the building...didn't really seem like there was a bad seat in the house
A map of all the levels
A neat little display on the arena's construction
Protip: buy a cheap ticket and use the orlando magic app to upgrade to the ultimate lounge on the event level because...
...you get a delicious all you can eat buffet AND all you can drink (alcohol included)...
...Can stand at the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo room tunnel and high 5 players....
,,,And slide right into an empty courtside seat without anyone saying a word (Like Kobe, who sat this one out)...
...Where you can get great views of one of the best center's in the league (who happens to be a USC alum), and all the other players too I suppose.
As a Laker fan, I always have to close by making a joke about teams having more banners than the Clippers...
And also a perfect transition to my next TR: the Pac-12 championship game at Levi Stadium. It's basically met life stadium with open corners. I can't imagine it being a great home field advantage. Very corporate, with the best fan amenity being that they were nice enough to build all the suites on one side so the upper deck isn't in a different stratosphere. Oh, and really good WiFi. Security checkpoints were also ridiculously slow moving, so the stadium was half empty at kick off. There is at least a VTA train stop too, so we parked for free and took the train.
...Here's the aforementioned suite tower from the outside. Every level of it had a corporate sponsor.
...It felt like every seating section also had a sponsorship
View of the stadium from our section. Stanford fans don't really care about football, so they were ridiculously cheap on stub hub
The suite tower from the inside.
The stadium did have great video boards on both sides
Plazas on each open corner.
The escalators had historical photos above them. That was kind of cool.
Yeah Levis Stadium has never really been that impressive to me on tv or in pictures, but I do like the "suite tower" concept. It will be interesting to see how these new wave of next generation NFL stadiums compare when finished but I got a feeling when it's all said and done S.F. is gonna rank WAY below Atlanta, Minnesota, Dallas, and LA.
I can't imagine it being a great home field advantage
Is there really such a thing as great home field advantage in the NFL anymore outside of maybe Green Bay and Seattle? I feel like that's one of those things that has been diminished over the years with the in helmet radios and other aspects of the game. I mean I'm sure statistically some teams win a higher percentage of game they play at home than they lose but I bet on average that percentage is lower than you wold expect, like probably closer to a 50-60% home winning percentage than an 80%+ percentage.
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