Posts tagged ‘stadium’

September 5, 2012

DNC

by pastortimfowler

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So I heard today that the DNC is not going to use the Panther’s stadium for the president’s acceptance speech. The reasoning, they say, is because of the weather and more specifically, the threat of rain. I live twenty minutes south of Charlotte and can vouch for the lousy weather we have been having lately. It has rained more this summer than the last five summers combined. Our pool has been overflowing for weeks because of the downpours. We have seen storms come through that have dumped two and three inches of rain in an hour. So I can’t say that I blame them for the decision, even though the forecast for Thursday evening is only for a 30% chance of rain. But if that 30% gives us the same type of rain we have been having, it would be a mess.
I do not think that they were going to be able to fill the stadium though, even if the weather was clear. It was being configured to seat about 65,000 people and there have not been that many people in that stadium in a long time. Even when the Panthers play, they struggle to fill every seat, and they have Cam Newton. And lets face it, Cam Newton is much more fun to watch than a bunch of politicians. But the president is not the “rock star” he was in 2008 and they couldn’t fill it. So moving it was a wise move on both account, weather and attendance.
In a bold move, the DNC decided to move the last night of the convention to the Bobcat’s basketball arena where the rest of the convention has been taking place. Now except for the convention, here is a place that has not been full in a while. Not since the Hornets left has the Charlotte basketball team been able to fill the arena that they play at. Perhaps the President could come back to Charlotte during basketball season and really help out some people who are struggling.
The streets of Charlotte have been full of news media and delegates all looking for the next big story. The occupy movement has set up their camps and the unions have set up theirs. There are people who like the president protesting and people who don’t like him who are protesting. Meanwhile the 24 hour news cycle has not mentioned the rising unemployment rate of the host city and state. They have not mentioned the overwhelming waste of money to get a light rail system in place while an unfinished interstate loop has been dormant for years. They did not mention that gas prices in NC are about twenty cents higher than in my state just a few miles away and it is all because of taxes being so much higher in NC. They also did not mention that this president is the only living president not to visit the Billy Graham Museum that is located in Charlotte. After all, Billy Graham could fill any stadium.
But the big news will be that Charlotte NC hosted the DNC and in that I congratulate them. Charlotte is a great place to visit if you can get into the city. Most of the roads going in are closed for the next few days. But afterwards, you should visit. There is great things to do and it is easy to get a ticket to the major sports activities for now. But keep this in mind; Cam is better and if the Panthers start to win, the stadium will fill up, even if it rains.

November 21, 2011

New Fan

by pastortimfowler

This past Saturday I took my 6-year-old grandson to his first USC Gamecock football game in Columbia SC. He already likes the Gamecocks but knows very little, if anything, about football. Because this was a game that they were supposed to easily win, and they did, I figured that it would be a safe bet to go to this one in case he lost interest and we had to leave. He didn’t, and we stayed the whole game and had a blast.
In a stadium with 80,000 screaming fans it is not the place to try to teach a 6-year-old about football. I tried. It is a great place to teach a 6-year-old how many different ways that you can mold cotton candy before you eat it. I also discovered that stadium cotton candy, by weight, is more valuable than gold. One bag that weight of almost nothing was $5.00. We had two bags and a bucket of popcorn the size of a new Prius and pizza that was older than most Priusessesseessss.
I am not rich, but I need to be if I am going to keep taking grandkids to the Gamecock football games. Between tickets and food and parking, my wife and I now live in her mini-van. Thank goodness it is bigger than a Prius.
Most everywhere we take our 6-year-old grandson he has to use the bathroom, and this was no different. As we entered the stadium there were rows of port-a-potties set up for the fans who were waiting to come in. He wanted to use them. I said no, we will go once we are inside. I am not prejudice against port-a-potties, I just want better for my grandson. Some of my best friends use port-a-potties. So once inside and after we ate the pizza left over from the first ever game held in Williams-Brice Stadium, we went to the bathroom. It started off with the normal walk toward that urinal and then panic set in on my grandson’s face. This was the first time he had ever seen the public pee trough. Sorry ladies, but that is what us guys get in many stadiums; a metal trough with water running and drains along the bottom.
Most little boys are not to worried about where they pee. In fact, most are perfectly fine with a tree or a bush. Give them your typical toilet bowl and they will pee on the floor half of the time. Give them a chance to basically pee on the floor on purpose and it really freaks them out. But we made it through the experience and he learned the what every man learns: the brick wall stare.
Did you know that most colleges have male cheerleaders? He didn’t. Did you know that those male cheerleaders spend a lot of time touching girls butts and looking up their dresses? He didn’t. Did you know that there is no good way for a 6-year-old to really understand that it is okay but he shouldn’t do it?
Did you know that the chicken can dance? Did you know that the chicken doesn’t touch girls butts and look up their dresses? I do now.
Did you know that if you try to explain everything that a 6-year-old boy notices in a stadium filled with 80,000 people who you will not see every play, especially the really good ones? Did you know that it is hard to explain why everyone gets excited when your team gets a first down when all the time the cheerleaders are asking us, “whadaya want? TD, What’s that? touchdown”?
Did you know that the poor fellow who was sitting beside us was really a patient guy because my 6-year-old grandson can talk to a tree if he had to?
Did you know that the cotton candy guy in the section below you could throw the cotton candy to us? Well he can’t but 6 year olds know more than I do and waiting for one of those guys to come to our section is not worth the wait when I could miss some of the game to go to the concession stand and get some.
Sorry for all the questions, I just wanted to share the joy.
We did make it through the game and we won and he told me that it was awesome to get to come to the game with me and that makes it all worth while. Hopefully, the Gamecocks truly have a new fan now. I know the cotton candy guy does.