When 95.7 BEN-FM’s (and my friend) Joey Fortman offered our family tickets to the Philadelphia Soul season opener, I announced we had tickets to a Philly professional soccer game. Um. I stand corrected. Rather, we joined 95.7BEN.FM for our very first Arena Football League game. A truly family-friendly event, the atmosphere reminded me a bit of a farm-league baseball game, similar to the Reading Phillies. Lots of entertainment breaks where they play games with the audience, kids show off their dancing skills on the field and families try to catch t-shirts.
Arena football follows most of the rules of the game, but everything is smaller–the field is only 50 yards and the goal posts are thinner. There’s no out of bounds unless the ball–or the player–goes over the three-ish foot high wall on the edges of the field. Presumably due to the smaller field, the teams score a lot more often.
If you go, be aware that not all of the regular restaurants are open during the games–expect to find hot dogs, sausage dogs, pretzels, popcorn and drinks, and not much else. (Although Chickie’s and Pete’s does sell Crabfries for about $9.25.) It’s very loud in the Wells Fargo Center, not so much from the crowd as from the music and the very loud MC. Our seats were high, really high, but there were a lot of seats below us still available, so we were able to move closer towards the field. (I can’t promise that it will always be this way, you know how Philadelphia fans embrace winning sports teams. So if the team starts winning… expect less seats available.) Finally, I noticed that there seemed to be a few fights break out on the field. Perhaps this was due to the close quarters, the intensity of a season opener, bad calls by the refs… not sure. And it bothered me more than my kids or my husband, who all enjoyed a good game, great competition and lots of TOUCHDOWNS!
Thanks to the Philadelphia Soul, 95.7 BEN-FM, and Real Mom Media for the evening of family fun.
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