By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)
Date: November 9, 2014
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Game: Dallas Cowboys @ Jacksonville Jaguars
After being treated in previous years to just the spectacle of a London International Series game in various different seats and locations around the ground, I decided that as a Dallas fan that I would go a step further for the 11th game of the International Series and get Club Wembley tickets to watch “my team” play.
People have their opinions of the pre match tailgating area and I sit in the camp that if you want to make a day of it, it’s a nice way to pass 2 hours but is nowhere near the same experience in the states (for obvious reasons). It’s a nice way to interact with fans from both sides of the pond and learn more about the game. It’s certainly not designed for a 50 year old American Football fan who just wants the action.
Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because in that tailgate there are stalls where you get to throw balls, kick field goals and do other novel things. Again, great if you have a few hours to kill because the queues take about half that time with the other half standing in the queue at the merchandise tents. After cajoling my best friend to enter the field goal kicking stall (because he has one hell of a right peg), he actually won a prize of a signed Jets ball and kicked a 43 yarder! Already on to a winner and the game hadn’t even started.
On to the game itself, I am not really a nervous fan though I do tend to get a bit jittery in the big games (#dezcaughtit) but seeing as though this was still the era of Jacksonville suck, this was not one of those.
That being said a long touchdown run by Denard Robinson put the cat amongst the pigeons early on but Dallas soon got it together and ran out comfortable winners with Romo, my favourite all time player, combining with Dez Bryant putting on a clinic.
The picture above shows the view from the Club Wembley seats and whilst the ratio of people to stadium food outlets was more favourable, i’m not sure the level of view was worth the amount of price increase (that being said, you don’t want to be in the nose bleeds at Wembley).
As a Dallas fan, I did wonder how long I would have to wait until they visited these shores, but luckily it didn’t take too long and I feel for all the cheeseheads. Hopefully when they do come over, your experience will be just as satisfying. You may not get the delight of watching Jackson DeVille jump down into the stadium on a bungee though, which is a highlight.