This is NFL. Toronto Style
But what the heck is by ‘Toronto Style’? Despite of seeing many advertisements here and there around downtown Toronto to promote game, this “Bills Series” game turned out to be somewhat joke.
The first was (insanely) long queue at the gate, since NFL is an American Sports, they also brought American level of security check to the stadium. I saw a HUGE lineup of ppl that couldn’t get into the stadium even though it was more than halfway through the first quarter, they were doing metal detector scan to EVERYONE… I was like.. OMG really?
If the lady behind of us didn’t tell us about “Bag Policy”, we would have to be go back to the line, since we would have to go through bag check-in. Our bags were too bag to be brought in to the stadium… Bills couldn’t pick a better place for those ‘bag check in’. I (I left my friend in the lineup to secure our spot) had to run all the way to Leon’s, have to ‘check-in’ bags for both of us and brought back a plastic bag with some necessary belongings. Yes, no one told us about this and I could feel many angry (frustrated) ppl.. I was running so fast in case my friend gets to the front and have to wait for me. Luckily when I got back, my friend was at the front and from there, we could go in.
I felt kind of sorry for Bills players forced to play “home” game at “Relic of the past” Rogers Center, in front of 1/2 of the usual attendance at Buffalo (38000s showed up), rather a neutral environment (there were so many Falcons fans in the game.. and those who likes watching football but not really a fan of both sides), and having to play on the “carpet” that feels like a grass. I bet some Bills players were thinking “wtf we are doing here….”
To me it more felt like an exhibition game than a regular season game. By going to “Toronto Style” NFL Game w/American level of security and bag policy (I bet those ppl traveled from Buffalo be used to this, but probably caught most of ppl from Toronto out of blue) I was more urged to try out “REAL” NFL Game in the US. I was supposed to go to the Bills’ opening game vs Pats, but had to cancel it coz one of my friend (who’s a die hard Pats fan) had to cancel it… :( I will definitely try to visit Buffalo next fall for the Bills game. Then i could say that I experienced “real” NFL game.
I think one of the notable highlight of that game was seeing our “famous” Mayor Rob Ford. Since he’s a big football fan, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him coming, but as I expected, he was there and surrounded by police forces in case if anyone do anything stupid. Was able to take a picture of him from the distance tho…
Again… Rogers Center is looks more depressing when they try playing other sports than Baseball… it just doesn’t seem to work…