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    I normally have 3 season tix, but 2 for tomorrow's game went to strangers and now I find myself, for the first time ever, going to the game by myself. Yes, I'll have 70K "friends" there, but I'm feeling a little funny about making the trip solo and having no buddies to high-five, console, etc.

    I probably won't care once the game gets going, but it may be weird beforehand. Anyone ever go to a game by him/herself and have any advice?

    And no, I have no problem with drinking alone.
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    ive been to a bunch of games myself.. i just usually meet up with my friends to tailgate then head in and sit by myself.. you get amazing deals and seats when you can sit by youself.. plus most people next to you in the seats are cool and will high five you and stuff.. go for it!
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    Once - when I was 17. There was one game my father couldn't make, so I went by myself. We had season tickets then and sat in the same seats for years, so I was not completely alone. Since most of the seats around me were those of season ticket holders, it didn't seem that different.

    The Pats won that day, beating the Lions 23-6 (1985) :D
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    Yeah, I have no one to meet up with either. Also, I never normally sit in the section (125) where I'll be. I'm definitely going, just feels ... different. Anyway, if the Pats win, I'll be happy.

    (I'm not crazy about this "Third String" thing!)
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    I went to the Colts game by myself. I had a lot of fun. During the game I was high slapping everyone around me. Especially when AV missed those two FG's.

    The only time that being "alone" can kind of suck is while Tailgating. That's definitely an event that's better when with friends. Having said that, I met up with Tailgater from this site and hung out with a few of his friends. So that was cool.

    I wish I was going this week. Good luck to ya...
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    The answer in relation to the Pats is rather obvious: no.

    But I used to go to a LOT of soccer games and cricket matches by myself when I was young. In fact, I went to several away games by coach/train when I must have been 13,14,15. And it was great. You got fantastic banter with true fans.

    Nowadays, I wouldn't dream of going to a soccer game on my own (actually, I wouldn't go to one in the UK at all) but, from what I saw, I'm sure you can have a real blast on your own at Foxborough. Just make sure we win!
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    In the 80s if the weather was nice that day I'd drive the 50 minutes from Sudbury to Foxboro and pick up a scalped ticket for face value, walk in alone and watch a game. Usually a loss, unless Flutie was playing...always a W.
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    * I went to several games alone back when ticket reseller's used to be acroos Rt 1 all over the place. One game was when the height challenged QB was with Buffalo. I had given up trying to find a ticket, for that game they were tough to find anywhere, and was walking back to my car to go to a bar and watch thegame when I passed a guy who asked if anyone needed a ticket. I practically tackled the guy and bought it for face value. He said a guy who was going to go with him had a last minute family problem. There were some very fortunate ref calls in that game that went the Patriots way. Last play with the Patriots behind, Bledslow lofted a hail mary pass to Terry Glenn and the called pass interference on Buffalo which you almost never see called. Time has run out but it was D penalty so the Patriots got 1 last play. Little pass to Coates scored the TD. The Bills were so pissed at the PI call and an earlier pass at the sidelines where the Patriots WR seemed clearly out of bounds and the Bills walked off the field before the Patriots went for the point after. So the Patriots went for 2 and made it with no players for the Bills out there.
    Now that I met Mrs B and others I have a tailgate to attend and often sit with ST holders who have extra tix for games if I can't get 1 when tix go onsale in May. But if I want to do something, like a sporting event ot concert and can't fond anyone else that wants to go, I go anyway.
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    Sounds like an awesome game. What year was that?

    I'm married now, but traveled the world by myself and have no issues being alone. This will be a new experience, though. I'm getting a ride up there and am training it back. All I really care about is if they win. If they don't, the train ride home is going to suck.
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    Not for quite a long time. But, I have gone to games alone.

    I have always felt that I am the best company for me. I really enjoy myself. And, it becomes a real treat for those lucky people who get to sit next to and around me. It makes their game experience that much more enjoyable.

    Look at it as if you are performing a service for those lucky enough to have seats in your area.

    WAIT: you are not me. never mind.:cool2:
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    I've done umm...things alone.:eek: ...but I've never gone to a game alone. Since I now work on game days and never get a chance to go any more, perhaps there are others here on the board who would tailgate with this fine gentleman? If not, hit lot 10 (the new lot 11) and I'm sure you'll find friendly faces and good times.
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    I've been a season ticket holder since '94 and have gone to a few games by myself. Other times the guys who went with me spent more time drinking and wandering around the stadium than sitting and watching the game. My philosophy is: go and have a great time no matter what. Treat yourself to good food, good drink, buy something at the pro shop, yell your head off and create a lasting memory.
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    Went to the AFC title game a couple of years back IN PITTSBURGH by myself - I had gone to the Halloween massacre with my g/f and I vowed to go back if there was a rematch. I went by myself cuz tickets were unreal (I paid $300), it was about -1 degree windchill and it was really short notice for everybody.

    Since I went to the regular season game I was familiar with the area and just parked in the same lot - luckily a lot of the same Steeler fans I talked with before were there so tailgating wasn't much of a problem.

    At the start of the game I got some Terrible Towels in my face until we went up 10-0 and all the Steeler faithful were pretty humble at that point :) The entire game was unreal- totally worth going by myself and freezing my bullz off! I snuck down to the Pats' tunnel as they were leaving the field with the Lamar Hunt trophy and got a ton of good pics- good times indeed!
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    I remember the Bills walking off. Crazy ending.
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    Now THAT'S balls. I went to the Colts game at the Razor the week before and was thinking about heading out to Pitts., but the weather and thoughts of their A-hole fans kept me home. Cool that you were there to represent.

    I bet the place was DEAD after Rodney took the INT to the house. What a great game...
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    I never went alone, but I always talk to the people sitting around me. Just find the most rabid female fan within arm's reach and hi-five her after the TD - I guarantee she won't mind. I would say go in right before the game starts and make eye contact/say hello to those sitting nearby; a little small talk if anyone seems friendly, and then once the game starts - who cares!! You're at the game!! If you are enthusiastic, those around you will be too; and if they aren't, they aren't worth talking to! You aren't sitting in Sec. 236 are you? (If you are, I will hi-five you after the TD(s)!)
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    I have another little 'went by myself' story. Well, sat by myself as I went to Mrs B's tailagate before and after the game. Anyway it was last year's Bills game at da Razor and I got the ticket when individual game tix went onsale thru Ticketslimer. Section 144, Row 10 Seat 10. Nice seat. Anyway, just before the game started, there was about 7 or 8 people there that were either togther or knew each other from other games. They were already 1/2 drunk and by games end 2 were asleep in thier chairs. They were wondering what number was Rodney Harrison and where he was. Of course, #37 had already messed up his knee and was on IR. I was shocked these people didn't know that and were apparently ST holders. They seemed saddened when I told them Rodney's situation. Maybe made them drink more.
    I've sat in a lot of different area's of the Razor(never upstairs though) and the old Fox and have been surprised at how many fans don't know that much about their team. I don't expect every fan at a game to be as rabid as most here are. Maybe it's not so unusual. I don't know.
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    Their fans were absolutely brutal on Halloween. Some said that I was crazy to go alone and that I'd get killed, and I couldn't really disagree. If someone asked me "how big a fan are you?" I'd have to go with this game.

    I remember Pittsburgh's drive leading up to the pick. They were running the ball really well and I told a Steeler fan next to me "Pittsburgh doesn't need to throw, they can run, run, run for a TD and kill some clock before half." After Rodney snagged it I yelled out "I SAID THEY DIDN'T NEED TO THROW!!!" :)
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    Too bad, I'm in 125. Thanks for the high-five invite, though! I do like your idea about searching out female fans.
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    I'm curious Mike, why wouldn't you go to a soccer game in the UK at all?? Fed up with the game? Prices?

    As for the title, I love going to sports events on my own, so I can just focus on trying to watch the play as closely as possible. But I love being on my own, cinema, shopping, whatever.. guess I'm just an anti-social git.
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    The fact that the crowds are composed almost entirely of aggressive, violent, racist louts who create a hate-filled atmosphere of poisonous intimidation, thus eliminating the point of a sporting contest in which competition should be serious but carried out within the limits of sportsmanship and good humour.
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    My only visit to Sullivan Stadium was on my own - I ended up in the cheap seats surrounded by lairy Bills fans and therefore was "adopted" by a couple of Pats fans who took me under their wing and gave me someone to enjoy the moment with when we won. (November '89)
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    I don't go to too many soccer games any more in the UK, perhaps 5 in the last 5 years but I haven't experienced that sort of atmosphere at any of them - I think that is, by and large, an outdated stereotype.

    That said, it is still not particularly pleasant at the games, which is why I stopped going in favour of rugby, where the atmosphere is uniformly good and the rival sets of fans mostly friendly.
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    'Almost entirely'.... 'violent racist louts' ??

    With all due respect Mike.. that's absolute, complete nonsense. OK, I haven't been to, say, a Millwall or Leeds game in recent memory, but in my wide experience of watching English football at all levels you are making an absolutely extraordinary exaggeration.

    That's not to say one can't still have a bad experience from time to time. I guess you have had one or two, hence the bitterness?
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    My last game was England-Argentina. You can tell how long it was ago because Argentina had a 17-year old built like a little bull making his debut in Europe. Yes, that long!

    OK, I went with an American friend who was keen on soccer -- he'd played for his college -- and we were surrounded by the usual spotty little yobs. One of the Argentinians fouled an English player and one of these little twerps shouted out "kill the f*cking stani!" and my friend Tim asked out loud "Michael, what does he mean, 'kill the f*cking stani'?" and then, when I ignored him, asked the same question even louder. So there I was in fear of my life (there were a lot of these nasty little people) because I couldn't explain that the young gentleman was under a fairly radical geographical misapprehension about the identity of Argentina and Pakistan. No thank you!

    That was the last straw, but I'd been more and more disenchanted in the five or six years previous to that. Of course, I haven't been back recently, but I've seen enough football "supporters" on our streets, watched enough newsreels of international games, listened to the background chanting on TV not to want to.

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