Tonight I left work and made my way over to M&T Bank Stadium for the 4th Annual Biggest Little Tailgate Party, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland and the Maryland Mentoring Partnership.
It was an absolutely beautiful night at a pretty darn cool venue.
I got there a little late so I skipped the food, drinks & cheerleader photo ops (jeez, why even bother then??) and headed straight to the turf.
SUCH a great scene. I’ve only been to M&T once, for last year’s game vs. New Orleans, and on game days, it’s a totally different place (obvs). Tonight, the stands were empty, but the field was full of kids and their parents running around, playing catch, playing cornhole, lining up to try field goals, taking photos, and just enjoying a great night in Baltimore.
The locker rooms were open, so of course we went inside and peeked at the lockers (all empty), read some leftover notes on the whiteboard from yesterday’s game, and even stepped on the enormous scale (yikes!) before heading back up to the field for a little running around and posing for photos before we were shooed off the field.
It was pretty cool getting to hang out on the field “after hours,” especially since many of my coworkers were there repping the purple & black with me. (There are a lot of Ravens fans in my office, and after working in a non-sporty office for awhile, I get a kick out of all the purple in the workplace on Purple Fridays; events like this are even better! Many, many thanks to my company for getting my name on the list.)
I was just informed, as I was writing this post, that I was spotted on the local news coverage of the event (WBAL viewers: anyone see me?) I missed it, but that’s pretty awesome, too. Great night all around!