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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18350 on: September 11, 2017, 10:19:40 am »

I've never been to a razorback game outside of Arkansas (except 1 bowl game), but will be travelling to the A&M game. Im interested to see other fans gameday traditions and in game celebrations.

aTm game isn't a normal home game for either team.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18351 on: September 11, 2017, 10:26:26 am »

Just a few comments about the in-stadium game experience this past TCU game weekend:

1. The student line to get in the stadium was long and slow. Over half were seated by kickoff but many did not get in until the end of the first quarter. There was insufficient staff to handle the student access. This is a university. Take care of the students who want to show up.

2. I grabbed a coke on the way to my seat and I didn’t need anything after that. That’s good because once the game started the concession lines were longer than ever seen before. They ran out of bottled water on a warm day. For the first time in memory, there were zero vendors walking the aisles. I understand the concessions contract changed since last year. Note to new vendor: having a sufficient supply of cold bottled water on a warm day is more important than offering turkey legs. It’s not that hard; just check last year’s September game receipts to see how many concessions of each type were sold and have at least that much on hand.

3. The stadium experience is mind numbling-ly corporate now. Too often the whole stadium has to listen to promos for Suzy Everett Chevrolet, Raising Cane’s, Pepsi, Pringles, blah blah blah or give away a plaque to a millionaire for supporting the Razorbacks. Total vibe killer followed by polite golf applause. Vold Vision has a giveaway to a single fan but the other 74,999 in attendance have to hear about it. I wear earbuds. The Razorback band or canned music would be better. Jeff Long will sell YOUR soul to a sponsor.

4. To DJ JazzyJeffLong or whomever is in charge of stadium audio: when our defense is facing a third down, don’t REPEATEDLY play this year’s canned “IT’S THIRD DOWN!” audio or AC/DC’s “Hell’s Bells” or similar single audio every time. Just choose various fire-up-the-crowd selections because when the other team is 10 for 14 on 3rd down conversions, it is painful enough. I have come to think about it this way: when Hog fans hear that 3rd down canned audio, it means the other team is about to get a first down.

Please note that I am a long time season ticket holder in three sports and the Hogs are my favorite team through good and bad. I am not Mike Irwin and I have never yelled “get off my lawn!” I tend to go with the flow quite well. I want all fans in the stands, even visiting fans, to enjoy themselves. I don’t criticize 18-22 year old college athletes as long as they try hard and are not obnoxious. But I will criticize those who cash checks based on my support. In 2010, Jeff Long introduced the “Answer the Call” campaign whereby football season ticket holders had to double their Razorback Foundation donation in an effort to keep their same seats. I did that. I answered the call. Unfortunately, the athletic department does not hold up their end of the bargain as they are ill equipped to create an enjoyable game experience. They are making a less compelling case to attend games than ever before and they want more money than ever to do it.
 
Jeff Long, get on your knees and thank Frank Broyles for our rich SEC television contract because ticket sales will decrease over the next ten years if you keep this up.

Thank you and don't pay attention to the Zombie probaganda machine that will attack you with weak responses. You've seen them quickly respond to their hero Jeff Long. They are Jeff Long/Bret B. fans not Arkansas Razorback fans.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18352 on: September 11, 2017, 10:38:32 am »

This has always been one of my biggest in stadium "atmosphere" complaints. Because of where the band is located if, and only if, you are sitting DIRECTLY across from the band you will never hear them. Meaning that unless you are in the south endzone or in sections 101-102 then you don't even realize the band ever plays. You can faintly hear them on other sections of the west side, but if you are on the east side or upper deck then you can't ever hear them. Terrible acoustics that has never been addressed.

Look at other stadiums such as LSU, Tennessee, Bama, etc. They have the bands placed at an angle or up high so that the sound is maximized throughout the stadium instead of just the back of the endzone. I was hoping that when the stadium renovations were planned they would put in a section for the band in the north endzone or in the northeast corner where the standing room area will be. I know the placement of the band is not a high priority, but it's something that actually makes a big difference in the stadium atmosphere.
wanna know how low of a priority it  is? I called into the old Marty Houston show at lunch one day during the last renovation and asked if there were any plans to move the band from 111 to somewhere else in the stadium. I suggested 116 or 117 because i thought it would be funny to stick the opposing visitors in section 111. Well, there was no plan in place, and later Marty told me he told Frank what I suggested and Frank said, "Lets do it". So, Pig in the freakin Pokey called that play, brother, so obviously admin didnt give a rip about band placement, sadly. I take full responsibility for it not working as well as I had hoped.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18353 on: September 11, 2017, 10:49:28 am »

I don't know what the hold up was on the east side, but it took 30+ minutes to get through the gates into the stadium. I know many people missed the start of the game. Generally, I head to the stadium from my tailgate about 30-40 minutes before kick-off. I will have allow much more time the next game.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18354 on: September 11, 2017, 11:07:36 am »

Left my seat once to use restroom with about 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, concession lines were halftime length.  The folks next to me were gone the whole 3rd quarter getting a nasty looking piece of pizza.  Friends of mine in outdoor club said they were out of cold beer at the end of the 1st quarter and still selling $7 beers hot.  Another I spoke to said they were out of popcorn at halftime and of course as others stated, warm bottles of water. 

And how about that cheesy halftime video with a Coldplay song showing the new addition to get fans excited to spend more money.  YAY
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18355 on: September 11, 2017, 11:11:41 am »

Comfy couch. Check.
Cold beer. Check.
Fresh. Good food. Check.
No stinky sweaty people beside me. Check.
Listen to the radio broadcast while watching the game. Check

Not out of any money like the rest of the clowns to listen to the same stupid songs, cheesy "hype" videos, and petite jean ham yodels. Check.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18356 on: September 11, 2017, 11:20:13 am »

Comfy couch. Check.
Cold beer. Check.
Fresh. Good food. Check.
No stinky sweaty people beside me. Check.
Listen to the radio broadcast while watching the game. Check

Not out of any money like the rest of the clowns to listen to the same stupid songs, cheesy "hype" videos, and petite jean ham yodels. Check.

Tailgating with my friends on campus. Check
Cold beer. Check
Walk straight in to stadium and on the elevator. Check
Free food. Check
Sitting with my kids, including the current UofA student. Check
No stinky sweaty people beside me. Check
Enjoying the game day atmosphere you can only get while attending. Check

Getting to write off the vast amount of money spent. Check
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18357 on: September 11, 2017, 11:26:53 am »

Have to concur.  Went to the game last year and they keep it going.  Do a great job with keeping fans involved and keeping it upbeat.  Was a great game day experience inside and out.  The lines were manageable as well.

Every game we play in Starkville is exciting... that's why. 

If we're worth a shart when Auburn comes to town, it will be amazing how people complement the in-game experience... what a great atmosphere... blah blah blah.


I haven't scrolled that far down, but I look forward to reading the "never have I been so embarrassed in my 39 years of Razorback fandom" comments.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18358 on: September 11, 2017, 12:02:55 pm »

Left my seat once to use restroom with about 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, concession lines were halftime length.  The folks next to me were gone the whole 3rd quarter getting a nasty looking piece of pizza.  Friends of mine in outdoor club said they were out of cold beer at the end of the 1st quarter and still selling $7 beers hot.  Another I spoke to said they were out of popcorn at halftime and of course as others stated, warm bottles of water. 

And how about that cheesy halftime video with a Coldplay song showing the new addition to get fans excited to spend more money.  YAY
That pizza was as nasty as it looked. It was dry and the crust was hard

My wife and I were joking about the music they used in the stadium promo video. It didn't fit the video or the atmosphere of the stadium
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18359 on: September 11, 2017, 12:03:44 pm »

Tailgating with my friends on campus. Check
Cold beer. Check
Walk straight in to stadium and on the elevator. Check
Free food. Check
Sitting with my kids, including the current UofA student. Check
No stinky sweaty people beside me. Check
Enjoying the game day atmosphere you can only get while attending. Check

Getting to write off the vast amount of money spent. Check

Funny thing is. I had two club seats offered to me with parking pass.

Declined.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18360 on: September 11, 2017, 12:28:05 pm »

Saturday was first time at a Hog game since the Auburn game two years ago. As someone who lives in the Columbia, MO area, I always tell Tiger fans how bad their game day experience is, but I don't know that I have room to speak.

I find it irritating that the game has started and there are still lots of empty seats as people haven't made it from the tailgate to the game. Are you there to tailgate or watch football? I went to watch Arkansas State at Nebraska last week and I can assure you the stadium was pretty well full for well before the game started. They do a tribute to Frank Broyles before the game and a hog call, but the stands are still half empty.

The overall atmosphere seemed apathetic. The crowd was dead during the game and it looked like a lot of people didn't even bother returning for the second half.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18361 on: September 11, 2017, 12:29:54 pm »

Funny thing is. I had two club seats offered to me with parking pass.

Declined.

To each his own.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18362 on: September 11, 2017, 12:30:38 pm »

Extremely long concession lines, hot water on a hot day, no vendors walking in the seating areas, bad football being played on the field.

Not a great Saturday...I thought we 'upgraded' concessions w a new vendor? Levi not cutting it!!

Season ticket holder for 10 years - worst game environment I can remember. Crowd wasn't into it and I understand - there wasn't much to be pumped about
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18363 on: September 11, 2017, 12:35:37 pm »

Saturday was first time at a Hog game since the Auburn game two years ago. As someone who lives in the Columbia, MO area, I always tell Tiger fans how bad their game day experience is, but I don't know that I have room to speak.

I find it irritating that the game has started and there are still lots of empty seats as people haven't made it from the tailgate to the game. Are you there to tailgate or watch football? I went to watch Arkansas State at Nebraska last week and I can assure you the stadium was pretty well for well before the game started. They do a tribute to Frank Broyles before the game and a hog call, but the stands are still half empty.

The overall atmosphere seemed apathetic. The crowd was dead during the game and it looked like a lot of people didn't even bother returning for the second half.

Sounds like a typical Fayetteville game to me.

There for a Midwest fashion show and not to watch football.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18364 on: September 11, 2017, 12:36:17 pm »

Been going to games since 92. Atmosphere used to be Amazing on Gameday. It's been getting very blah each year during the last 5 years.   Even some of the fans don't want you to cheer too loud.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18365 on: September 11, 2017, 12:37:53 pm »

Extremely long concession lines, hot water on a hot day, no vendors walking in the seating areas, bad football being played on the field.

Not a great Saturday...I thought we 'upgraded' concessions w a new vendor? Levi not cutting it!!

Season ticket holder for 10 years - worst game environment I can remember. Crowd wasn't into it and I understand - there wasn't much to be pumped about

The concessions and lines were horrible, no excuse for that. I knew there would be problems when I kept seeing tweets wanting non-profit groups to man them. Now, they always have in the past, but pleading for help a week out made me believe they would be ill prepared.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18366 on: September 11, 2017, 12:43:37 pm »

Getting to write off the vast amount of money spent. Check
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18367 on: September 11, 2017, 12:46:40 pm »

When we start competing for a SEC title, the atmosphere will pick up.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18368 on: September 11, 2017, 12:47:03 pm »

Been going to games since 92. Atmosphere used to be Amazing on Gameday. It's been getting very blah each year during the last 5 years.   Even some of the fans don't want you to cheer too loud.

I kept standing up thinking others behind and around me would stand, too.  Everyone just sat and looked at me like I was blocking their view, so I sat down. Once was when we were on the goal line at the end of third quarter. I kept standing anyway.

And I did feel a little self conscious for yelling so loud. I felt like I was getting the same look the nuns used to give me when I whispered in church.
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« Reply #18369 on: September 11, 2017, 12:58:53 pm »

I kept standing up thinking others behind and around me would stand, too.  Everyone just sat and looked at me like I was blocking their view, so I sat down. Once was when we were on the goal line at the end of third quarter. I kept standing anyway.

And I did feel a little self conscious for yelling so loud. I felt like I was getting the same look the nuns used to give me when I whispered in church.

Seriously, you need a better section to sit in. People stood up in the wine and cheese club all the time. Now, not much when we are on offense, but every big third down it was stand-up and yell. After the PI call, the air was let out and people started "happy trailing" it.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18370 on: September 11, 2017, 01:00:28 pm »



If that's all the can get on me, I'll laugh all the way to the bank. I discuss business all the time, always working..........
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18371 on: September 11, 2017, 01:42:29 pm »

Saturday was first time at a Hog game since the Auburn game two years ago. As someone who lives in the Columbia, MO area, I always tell Tiger fans how bad their game day experience is, but I don't know that I have room to speak.

I find it irritating that the game has started and there are still lots of empty seats as people haven't made it from the tailgate to the game. Are you there to tailgate or watch football? I went to watch Arkansas State at Nebraska last week and I can assure you the stadium was pretty well full for well before the game started. They do a tribute to Frank Broyles before the game and a hog call, but the stands are still half empty.

The overall atmosphere seemed apathetic. The crowd was dead during the game and it looked like a lot of people didn't even bother returning for the second half.

It took much longer to get through the gates than normal. I think that was part of the reason so many empty seats at start. I know I will get down to the stadium earlier the next game. Hopefully they will get the bottlenecks fixed, but I doubt it.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18372 on: September 11, 2017, 02:09:09 pm »

And how about that cheesy halftime video with a Coldplay song showing the new addition to get fans excited to spend more money.  YAY

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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18373 on: September 11, 2017, 02:12:09 pm »

The overall atmosphere seemed apathetic. The crowd was dead during the game and it looked like a lot of people didn't even bother returning for the second half.

Yeah, they showed the crowd's faces quite a bit on TV.  Especially in the second half.  Lots of people with hands over their mouths.  The expressions I saw were either open anger and frustration or what I imagine what someone's face would look like while watching a train wreck occur in real-time.

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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18374 on: September 11, 2017, 05:10:15 pm »

I discuss business all the time, always working..........

Me too.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18375 on: September 11, 2017, 05:33:44 pm »

The concessions and lines were horrible, no excuse for that. I knew there would be problems when I kept seeing tweets wanting non-profit groups to man them. Now, they always have in the past, but pleading for help a week out made me believe they would be ill prepared.

Maybe the UA should look at hiring work study kids to help out.
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« Reply #18376 on: September 11, 2017, 05:36:07 pm »

Maybe the UA should look at hiring work study kids to help out.
Works for me, it was beyond embarrassing. I had no problem as I did my run way before the start of the game, but I thought some in my section had given up at halftime, only to show back up at the start of the 4th.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18377 on: September 11, 2017, 07:43:06 pm »

None of the large contract catering operators are very good. Sodexo, Levi.............it doesn't matter. At least Sodexo never ran out of "receipt" paper for register. Happened one customer win front of us. The supervisor was so slow getting it by the time he came back I had switched lines farther back and STILL got my food faster than the lady that had been waiting in the original line.
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« Reply #18378 on: September 11, 2017, 07:44:24 pm »

Comfy couch. Check.
Cold beer. Check.
Fresh. Good food. Check.
No stinky sweaty people beside me. Check.
Listen to the radio broadcast while watching the game. Check

Not out of any money like the rest of the clowns to listen to the same stupid songs, cheesy "hype" videos, and petite jean ham yodels. Check.

Lazy a##..........Check.
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« Reply #18379 on: September 11, 2017, 08:01:45 pm »

Lazy a##..........Check.

Dumb***. Check.
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Re: Razorback Stadium Game Day Experience
« Reply #18380 on: September 11, 2017, 08:12:39 pm »

Dumb***. Check.

It's impossible for you to prove how much smarter you are than those at the games by sitting in your chair and complaining about everything Hog related. All it does is make people believe your a semi-smart troll.
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« Reply #18381 on: September 11, 2017, 08:16:51 pm »

It's impossible for you to prove how much smarter you are than those at the games by sitting in your chair and complaining about everything Hog related. All it does is make people believe your a semi-smart troll.

Ok.

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Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18382 on: October 01, 2017, 01:48:27 pm »

Anybody know why large sections of the parking lot at Baum Stadium were blocked off and unavailable for parking last Saturday?  Is this something that is going to be the new normal or was it a one time occurrence?  I'll hang up and listen.
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« Reply #18383 on: October 01, 2017, 05:58:02 pm »

Anybody know why large sections of the parking lot at Baum Stadium were blocked off and unavailable for parking last Saturday?  Is this something that is going to be the new normal or was it a one time occurrence?  I'll hang up and listen.

Possibly the Chili Pepper run?
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« Reply #18384 on: October 01, 2017, 06:23:01 pm »

It's been that way for all home games. I'm going to assume the UA has started filling those blocked areas with folks that have paid the ridiculous $750 for a parking pass. Eventually the entire lot will probably be pay only.

I've just started paying $5 and parking across from the track center. Easy walk to the shuttle. It's an even easier exit afterward.
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Re: Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18385 on: October 01, 2017, 06:26:02 pm »

Pretty sure that's for handicapped people to park.
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Re: Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18386 on: October 01, 2017, 06:30:05 pm »

It's handicap, but at kickoff anyone can park there per the parking lot attendants.
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Re: Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18387 on: October 01, 2017, 07:45:47 pm »

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Re: Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18388 on: October 02, 2017, 06:28:48 am »

Possibly the Chili Pepper run?

I believe that is at the Agri Park Cross Country Course. That is a long way away from Baum. That being said since fans were leaving the game early I though when we stayed till the end the traffic would be fine. I was wrong. When we got to Gregg street it was stop and go. We weren't sure why but later saw a whole lot of school busses and teams with running clothes on. We realized there was something going on. The Chili Pepper run is a big event and would cause some traffic issues by itself much less with a football game the same day. It's a great event to have in Fayetteville but I don't understand why it would be scheduled the same day as a football game creating even more than normal game day traffic.
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Re: Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18389 on: October 02, 2017, 07:05:26 am »

I have parked at Baum for years and about 2-3 years ago there were several more parking spaces that started being blocked off for the disabled.
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Re: Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18390 on: October 02, 2017, 07:11:00 am »

I believe that is at the Agri Park Cross Country Course. That is a long way away from Baum. That being said since fans were leaving the game early I though when we stayed till the end the traffic would be fine. I was wrong. When we got to Gregg street it was stop and go. We weren't sure why but later saw a whole lot of school busses and teams with running clothes on. We realized there was something going on. The Chili Pepper run is a big event and would cause some traffic issues by itself much less with a football game the disarm day. It's a great event to have in Fayetteville but I don't understand why it would be scheduled the same day as a football game creating even more than normal game day traffic.

After the game, I went to my daughter's sorority house for about 45 minutes and then headed to my hotel in Bentonville from my parking spot near Wilson Park. I used College(71B) to go north. After turning on College, it was bumper to bumper at 5 mph all the way to 49. It took an hour and a half to get from the Pi Phi house to exit 85, I've never seen the traffic this bad for a game with 30,000, lol......
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Re: Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18391 on: October 02, 2017, 08:48:54 am »

I have parked at Baum for years and about 2-3 years ago there were several more parking spaces that started being blocked off for the disabled.

Yeah for the TCU game we had planned to park there, but it was full by noon or so, I thought it was due in part to  tailgaters displaced from the construction.
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Re: Saturday parking at Baum??
« Reply #18392 on: October 02, 2017, 10:16:37 am »

After the game, I went to my daughter's sorority house for about 45 minutes and then headed to my hotel in Bentonville from my parking spot near Wilson Park. I used College(71B) to go north. After turning on College, it was bumper to bumper at 5 mph all the way to 49. It took an hour and a half to get from the Pi Phi house to exit 85, I've never seen the traffic this bad for a game with 30,000, lol......

Crazy bad traffic. Especially when a huge majority of fans left the game real early. WHY they would schedule two sporting events that will cause traffic the same day is baffling. I know the Chili Pepper is also a big event but football still pays the bills. It's like the Bikes Blues and BBQ. It's a great thing to have and draws huge numbers to the area but it's always during an away game.
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Hog Trough Location in Columbia SC
« Reply #18393 on: October 03, 2017, 08:25:07 am »

We will be making the trip down from Richmond to South Carolina this weekend. Any advice on restaurants or must see places in Columbia? Will any of my Hog brethren be making the trip?

Go Hogs!
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Re: Hog Trough Location in Columbia SC
« Reply #18394 on: October 03, 2017, 07:31:56 pm »

If you're up for a side trip go to Scott's BBQ in Hemingway, SC. Best BBQ in the state.
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Re: Hog Trough Location in Columbia SC
« Reply #18395 on: October 03, 2017, 07:55:01 pm »

My adult son and I, who are both from the Delta, will be in Columbia.  We will monitor this site for good locations to gather pre game and the night before.
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Re: Hog Trough Location in Columbia SC
« Reply #18396 on: October 03, 2017, 08:38:15 pm »

TakoSushi on the Square is one of the more unique sushi places I have ever been...a combination of mexican and sushi....very unique rolls and appetizers.
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Re: Hog Trough Location in Columbia SC
« Reply #18397 on: October 03, 2017, 08:40:58 pm »

TakoSushi on the Square is one of the more unique sushi places I have ever been...a combination of mexican and sushi....very unique rolls and appetizers.

That is in no way appetizing to me. Like at all.

Much worse than Taco Rice that we had in Okinawa.
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Re: Hog Trough Location in Columbia SC
« Reply #18398 on: October 03, 2017, 08:43:22 pm »

Yesterdays in five points is very good.  Try the shrimp and grits.
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Re: Hog Trough Location in Columbia SC
« Reply #18399 on: October 04, 2017, 09:46:59 pm »

Find Tusk to Tail on Facebook, I'll try to approximate our location on our page once we set up, you would be welcome to come by for a beer.
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