Another trip to Colorado? Weren't you just there? Well, ya, kinda, but we got tickets to the Raiders-Broncos game in Denver for our wedding, so about 9 months later we were heading down again. This time, we were there for the start of college basketball, so we got to hit up a game in Boulder on our way down to Denver. They were playing BYU who had some studs, so it was a pretty decent early season game and a perfect way to kick off our trip!
Students had already left for winter break, so tickets were pretty cheap. I got them on StubHub and we were at the top half of the lower section just to the right of half court. They ended up being season ticket holder seats, which I always love when I score. The people around you are generally always engaged in the game and willing to answer any questions you may have about their team with gusto. There were two cute old ladies sitting behind us who we struck up a conversation with. One was doing most of the talking and eventually spilled that the lady next to her was the mom of the UC-Boulder head coach! Joel insisted on getting a picture with her:
A bit of a fail, but it was still awesome. The Buffalo were down most of the game, but then the two ladies favorite player took over a little bit and they pulled back and eventually won! In terms of Pac-12 schools, I'm partial to University of Arizona, while Joel is more of an Oregon fan, but I think we were both swayed, at least temporarily, after this game. How cute is it that the coach's mom comes to every game! I still root for them anytime they aren't playing Arizona :)
The Army-Navy game was on and I think this was the year that Navy was really good and had a stud quarterback... regardless, we for some reason really cared about watching this game along with a game UNC was playing in basketball. So we went to the sports bar with the most TV's, Harpo's Sports Grill. It was pretty dark in there and we didn't have a great view of the TV's from where we sat, but the food was pretty good and we just moved to the bar area when we were done. I got a sandwich with some onion rings and Joel got a burger. It seemed like a lot of people were there getting ready for the game, so it got pretty crowded just before game time, but it gave the bar more energy and everyone was on pins and needles for the end of the UNC game- they ended up getting upset, so most everyone was happy except some exceptionally angry chick sitting at the bar in her Tarheel jersey.
I'm not sure if we left too late to get to the game or what, but traffic around the arena was a cluster. We ended up parking in a little lot a couple of blocks away from the arena because we were tired of dealing with the long line of cars trying to get to the arena parking lot. I was not wearing the proper shoes for walking that far in the winter- the way there was fine, but on the way back we were cold and Joel wanted to cut across a field, so he offered to carry me on his back. Which was great until he slipped in the snow and we fell down the hill- so much for keeping the snow out of my shoes.
Overall, the arena was pretty average, but I'm not a big yellow/gold fan, so my opinion may be biased. However, it's one of my favorite memories in terms of the people sitting around us and Joel is probably going to drag me back someday to go see his old lady friends!
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.