Hubby and I created our own Bucket List a few years ago – things we’d always wanted to do but hadn’t gotten around to. We decided if we wrote it down, we’d be more likely to try and achieve these things. And we were right, fortunately. Various experiences we wanted to have and countries we’d like to visit are on there, and we also listed sporting events we’d like to go to.
NFL made the list, and with annual visits to Wembley featuring on the NFL calendar now, we’ve ticked this wish off. And what an experience it was! We went to the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Dallas Cowboys game last November, and loved it so much we booked tickets again for this year. Sticking with the Jacksonville Jaguars (an NFL underdog), last Sunday we watched them play the Buffalo Bills.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t really understand the rules of NFL at all. But that didn’t matter in the slightest. What struck me most about watching the game was the unbelievable atmosphere that was created. From the fan rally and pre-match show, to the cheerleaders, mascots and music, it’s all about putting on a show. You are never bored whilst watching, there’s always something to get caught up in. And perhaps this is the case for all American sports games – we had the same experience when we watched the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Detroit Tigers play baseball whilst on honeymoon in Florida this summer. It seems that sport in America is not just about playing a game, it’s about creating an experience for fans. And that experience is what made us buy tickets for a second year running. An easy decision.