Saturday at the Maryland/Notre Dame Game

13 Nov

The Fall is going by quickly and the semester, strange as it might seem, is quickly winding down. Next week I’ll even be heading home to Boston for a few days for the Thanksgiving break. I’ll be spending a few days at home before heading down to New York to spend the holiday at my grandma’s, followed by a quick stop in New Jersey before heading back down to Washington, DC. It’s a little version of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Though I’m usually occupied with work and school, this weekend I was able to get out for a bit and see some of the surrounding area.

My friend Fish came down from Boston for the Maryland vs. Notre Dame game, and along with his old friends from the University of Maryland, we went to FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, to catch the prime time game. Our other friend Ben was also at the game, but with a different group of friends. To get to the game wasn’t easy, and I had to make my way to Rockville, Maryland via bus and Metro. Once we all linked up, we drove around the city to FedEx Field, which isn’t exactly easy to get to. The stadium is massive, and though from the outside I said it didn’t seem much larger than Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (holding about 65,000), once inside we could see how enormous it was. It might have held 90,000 seats at one point, but now they have taken out parts of the Upper Deck to put in some kind of “party section”.

Before heading in, however, we were part of a large tailgate party with tables full of homemade food and drinks. Everything from gourmet pizzas, pulled pork sandwiches, jalapenos stuffed with pork, and homemade pumpkin beer were available for the taking. It was nice with the sun out but since it keeps getting dark earlier, we spent most of the time pretty cold. Once inside the stadium, we found our seats way up in the nosebleeds, just a few rows from the top of the Upper Deck. We were so high we were just underneath the speakers. From that far up the players seems like ants, but it was cool because you could see the whole play develop.

Maryland is having a lousy season and Notre Dame is doing OK, but it was no contest from the very start. This was considered a home game for Notre Dame, and they definitely brought out their fan base, probably making it about 50/50 on supporters, despite the fact that we were in Maryland. The halftime show was the best part of the game, unfortunately, and by the third quarter we’d decided that we’d seen enough. With traffic and driving to the Metro to then wait for the bus, it took me at least two hours to get home, but it was still a fun day out of my Northwest DC bubble. We’ll be heading back to FedEx Field next month for the Army/Navy game and the next day for the Patriots/Redskins game.

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