So about that field trip that I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Well it was to see a football game. Not that football–this football. Or the football that we here at 990square are just a little bit crazy about. So crazy in fact that we once went to London in January (don’t worry it’s not actually that cold) to see two games. It was excellent. But that meant we couldn’t very well NOT go to games when they were in our own backyard. Especially when they featured three of the biggest clubs in the world, one of whom just happened to be Chelsea.
But the really interesting thing about these games was that they were in two different cities, and the crowds really had two different personalities. One was here in Baltimore at the Ravens stadium, and the other one was in DC (well, technically it’s Landover, MD, but who’s paying attention?) at the Redskins stadium. The Baltimore game featured Chelsea vs. AC Milan, and the DC game was DC United vs. Real Madrid. Three huge clubs, and you would expect two huge crowds.
But while the Baltimore game was a sellout, the DC game felt a bit empty. Granted, the DC stadium is HUGE, but still. This is REAL MADRID. And they just signed Kaka and Ronaldo. The Baltimore game seemed to have a fair mix of people supporting both clubs, whereas the DC game was almost all Real Madrid supporters. And the Baltimore game had a little village set up outside the stadium, with stuff on display like the FA Cup (AWESOME!!!). Oh, and there was that little advantage of the fact that we could WALK to the game in Baltimore. No annoying traffic required.
I know I’m biased–we did name our cat Chelsea after all–but I just felt like Baltimore was the better experience. Not that I’m not happy to go to any and all international football anywhere in the greater tri-state area. I just hope it all has that spark of a friday night Chelsea match.
Oh, and FYI, scones make EXCELLENT tailgatting food on 100 degree days!