Being a displaced Broncos fan certainly has it’s drawbacks, but there are times, when living so far from Denver that it has its merits. This last Sunday, I took the 4.5-hour drive down to MetLife Stadium to watch the Denver Broncos take on the New York Giants.
On the way down I was on the lookout for other fans on their way to the game. Maybe I was arriving too early or was too focused on not missing my GPS directions, but the only group of fans I saw before I entered a 30-mile radius of the stadium was a lone Jeep where four really large Giants fans were squished all together in their blue jerseys. Mad respect to them.
We have arrived!— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
If you think trying to navigate around the stadium is difficult in Denver, I urge you to find your way to MetLife Stadium. It was damn near comical as our group tried to get from our parking lot across the highway to the stadium. With the stadium in sight, we wandered this way and that trying to figure out where we were going. Eventually, some kind Giants fans who seemed trustworthy, despite their Mark Bravaro jerseys, took pity on us and told us about the massive land bridge that we had incorrectly suspected had something to do with the train.
I think there’s a Broncos victory at the end of this tunnel. pic.twitter.com/mMZexKJzxQ— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
Once on the side of the highway that featured the actual stadium, we were on a mission to meetup with Denver-based Broncos super-fan @milehighgreco from Twitter.
Where was he? Parking lot B-2. Seems easy enough, right? Wrong. We navigated through barricades and walkways, eventually walking entirely around the stadium trying to locate this parking lot. For future reference, those wanting to access the B parking lot must enter the C parking lot and then take the land bridge over to B. I pity the poor bastards that have to find this lot in a car. You legitimately have to know where it is to get there or you’ll never find it.
...and find it we did!
New York based Broncos fan @Thatguy00352752 had worked all night as an airline mechanic, dropped his kids off for care, packed up his truck with a television, beer, and snacks and set up a great tailgate in the shadow of the stadium. Broncos fans are the best fans because they’re generous and passionate “Freddy P” was certainly all of those things.
Okay, it’s almost football time. pic.twitter.com/anzZ9YGXUx— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
I will say that from the outside, MetLife isn’t much to look at. It’s a brutal steel structure that is seemingly just plopped out in the windy wilds of New Jersey. Inside, however, it’s pretty amazing. As fans of a team that proudly plays in an uncovered stadium, MetLife gets a bunch of respect from me for how intimate it feels and how loud it can get. It’s a crushing shame that Peyton and the boys didn’t make more of a ruckus against the Seahawks in that Super Bowl.
There’s a lot of orange and empty seats. pic.twitter.com/tdOrIdn5aG— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
There were two things quickly evident about the crowd in New York: Giants fans were late arrivers and that Broncos Country showed up in force.
It was a tremendous honor to be in New York the weekend America commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the attacks on 9-11.
So the Giants gave away these towels to waive around all ‘Terrible Towel’ style at the game, but they’re so cheap they don’t waive. The disappointment is palpable.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
Psssssst…. Touchdown Broncos. “Time to find a steak sandwich.”— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
Overheard in the men’s room at MetLife: “Is it me or does Denver run the same play every time? Run left, run right, our defense can’t stop it!”— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
“Signature stadium sauce” pic.twitter.com/dddF5S1GTh— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
When it became clear that the route was on, not even a $12 Bubba Burger with, Lord help me, “Signature Stadium Sauce” could keep the fans from fleeing the stadium. A trickle at first...
...then in droves.
In case you’re curious where the exits are… pic.twitter.com/VNA5I84v2b— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
With the Giants fans all cleared out, pretty much only the Broncos fans remained.
Make no mistake. Broncos Country is hungry for a winner. pic.twitter.com/TPBYQeGViU— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
This team deserved every bit of adulation they received. Broncos Country is awesome.
Broncos fans are the best. pic.twitter.com/BATWjs6Txs— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
That’s a wrap at Giants Stadium at Mile High. See you next week!! pic.twitter.com/aP0s7DkGty— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) September 12, 2021
Despite how nearly impossible it is to walk from the parking lot to other parking lots or the stadium itself, I have to say that attending a game at MetLife should be on everyone’s bucket list... especially when they win. Giants fans are some of the nicest I’ve encountered and the stadium, from the inside, is something to behold. My buddy, his kid, and I had such a tremendous time, we won’t forget it or the Broncos victory.
Seriously, though, how great was that win!?
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