Week 35 – It’s a Red, Black and Pink game!

Do you love sports? Playing sports? Watching sports? Maybe both?! Personally, sports have never been my thing, unless we consider dance a sport of course! I may have very little talent or knowledge in that domain but luckily watching a game can be a blast regardless of how familiar you are with the sport itself. Which brings me to this week’s activity:

Week #35 Challenge: Watch a live Redblacks Game!

In case you are new to town or have never heard of them, the Redblacks are Ottawa’s football team. The season begins in June and the Redblacks play at TD Place in Lansdowne every other week up until November.

Want tickets? The prices range from $36 to $131 for one game. You can of course buy season tickets as well, simply select this link for ticket options. Keep in my mind you can always look on kijiji for a good ticket deal.

Pre-event: Before attending the event with a few colleagues, one of them suggested we pick up a Redblacks toque or wait…. is it a tuque? We had a good laugh over which word to use! Anyhow.. most of us purchased one to support our team and to stay warm. Which leads me to saying how important it is to pack on the layers in the fall! The stadium is outdoors and since we live in Canada, it gets cold! Don’t be afraid to wear a long sleeve shirt, add a hoodie, top it with a coat and wrap yourself with a blanket! See where I am going? After a few hours I could not feel my toes and fingers.. So bring thick socks and mittens (I was wearing two pairs of mittens).

To park or not to park? Since the game brings in over 20000 spectators you may want to consider using a shuttle to get there! Shuttles leave from across all different ends of the city and bring you to the TD Place very efficiently, see the travel planer for more information! If you prefer driving, parking is available underground at Lansdowne at a cost or free parking is available on certain side streets but I believe there is a 3 hour limit.

Game Time

I met a colleague and her daughters and we took the shuttle to TD Place around 6pm. It only took about 30 minutes. The shuttle was busy and so was Landsdowne but that’s the fun part, a good game requires a large crowd. It so happens that on October 21st, the teams were raising awareness and funds towards Breast Cancer Research which means you could see light pink everywhere. As I arrived I purchased a pair of pink mittens to support the cause and they turned out to be really handy (no pun intended lol)!!

Thirsty or hungry? Before the game is a great time to purchase snacks and drinks and I noticed most people had a beer in hand. I treated myself to a warm coffee.. There is such a large number of food vendors that lines were quite short which made it easy to go back if you wanted more munchies!

We made our way to our seats, mingled and next thing you know the game started.

The players, cheerleaders, mascot (Big Joe) and entertainers had an amazing energy! It was raining and it was pretty darn cold and yet they managed to keep the crowd engaged! Watching a football game live was much more exciting than I envisioned and being surrounded by hilarious and kind people certainly made it even better! Our team ended up losing but that’s ok, we always have the next game! Goooo.. Redblacks!!!!

That reminds me, does anybody know if Big Joe is taken?

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