It has been more than a year since I last crossed the border. And for a girl who’s used to go at least once a month, it has seemed much much longer than that.
A few weeks ago, I received one of those group buy deals for a bus trip to see my beloved Steelers play a pre-season game in Buffalo. I debated jumping on the deal but decided to check with a few friends first. Turns out this game was already on the radar of many. :) So I decided to turn this into a weekend away, so I can stock up on a few things that I can’t get in Toronto.
My plan was to drive to Buffalo, shop, meet my American friends at the game and then either sleep in B-lo at hotel or drive to Rochester and stay at a friend’s house. As it turns out one of my friends was in a play and the majority of the rest decided to attend the play so it was just the 2 die-hard fans going to the game.
Since the friend I went with is not the best driver, I drove to all the way to Rochester so he wouldn’t have to make the drive alone. Not the most logical decision but, it was the easiest way to meet up. I arrived in time but he was not ready at all. We were late. :( We missed tailgating and most of the first quarter. :( :( After many delays and some crazy traffic we finally arrived!!
Our seats were fantastic. 17th row from the field on the home team side.
It looked closer in person. :) I felt like I could have walked out on the field. I was told this is generally frowned upon so I stayed in my seat. ;)
I was warned about the heckling and for the most part there wasn’t much. There were these 3 guys who would stand up and sing “Whoop there is it!!” every time the Bills did a great play. Over and over again. Since the Bills won, this happened a lot. It got old real fast. O_o
We left half-way through the 4th quarter as we came to terms with the loss and wanted to miss out on the traffic. It was 36-19 for the Bills when we left. :(
I truly enjoyed the whole experience and am now trying to find a way to see a home game.
While in America, I did hit up a few stores and stocked up on some much needed food items like cheesecake flavoured pudding mix. canned tomatoes with chilies and cookie butter. :) I also managed to snag a sauté pan than matches a few pots I already own. Found it on clearance. :) Was the highlight of my shopping experience. Goodness, I’ve become a high roller!!! LOL
I am now looking forward to this weekend as we are going to visit my cousin in MD. :)