Longtime football fan and Tennessee Titans devotee Stacey Bright shares the inside scoop on LP Field’s best and worst upgrades ahead of the home team’s regular season kickoff.
Greetings, football fans! Because Iʼve had PSLs since the Titans moved to town, have attended every home game except three, watched games in eight other NFL stadiums, and been a football junkie since my days as a student at the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE), Iʼve been asked to blog throughout the season about the gameday experience at LP Field.
Iʼll be blogging about the best ways to secure tickets, places to park, tailgating options, etc. And, because I canʼt help myself, Iʼll be sharing my opinions on Titans football and updates on my fantasy football team.
Today I will concentrate on all of the upgrades made to our stadium during the offseason. Below are my best and worst of the new improvements.
1. Titantron. While I think the name is a little contrived, I love the new Titantron. Itʼs crystal clear and is the largest outdoor screen in the league. You can actually see the replays and highlights, unlike watching our former “Jumbotron,” which was not so aptly titled.
2. Sound system. Instead of two mountains of speakers blasting away at either end zone, we now have individual speakers surrounding the upper and lower bowl. While seemingly a small change, when you have been have been audibly pummeled through a mass of speakers cranked to 11 by peppy radio personalities for 12 seasons, the balance of the new sound system is heavenly.
3. Extra pat down stations outside the gates. Not that I enjoy being patted down, but this should help speed up the process of getting through the gate. Bonus tip for men: Please refrain from approaching a female security guard and trying some bad attempt at humor about patting you down. Itʼs a lame joke, we ALL hear it thousands of times a game, itʼs getting old, please give it a rest. Thanks.
1. Celebratory music. I have always been impressed with the music at our stadium. We have the “footballʼ standards (Crazy Train), the “Nashville” standards (Johnny Cash), and some current pop/hip-hop hits. But this year they give us Nickelback for every touchdown? Really? For the love of God, if someone from the Titans is reading this, please do not make me listen to that band every time we score.
2. No respect. Whatʼs up with the removal of Steve McNairʼs banner and the ring of honor. I realize they need room for the video running boards, but these are the players that took us to the Super Bowl, the players that gave us the “Music City Miracle” and the players that made Nashvillians fall in love with pro football. Come on, show some respect!
3. More elevators. Seriously? While there are those who legitimately need assistance to the upper decks, if every able-bodied fan chose to get a little exercise instead of jamming the EXISTING elevators, there would be no need for the new giant concrete pillars that are clogged with a line of perfectly healthy nacho-pounding beer drinkers, blocking access to my favorite womenʼs restroom. There, I said it.
In closing, do I think the Titans will win their home opener against the Patriots? Probably not. BUT, Brady is a statue with a subpar offensive line, so if our D-line can keep up the pressure like it did in the preseason, we have a chance. And while I did draft Brady first in my fantasy draft, Iʼm considering benching him out of loyalty. Thoughts?
Enjoy the game. I know I will. Until next time.