Maybe not board worthy, but here it is... My boy's first Michigan football game was the blood bath against Delaware St. Thought he'd do better with a smaller crowd, more space, sure win, etc. I didn't think about it at the time, but wish I'd picked up a program to mark the occasion. Pretty sure this ain't much of a collectors item and wonder if anyone would have an extra laying around that they don't want/need. Am willing to pay a reasonable (small) fee and, of course, shipping. Thanks.
Baby Seal U. Program
Are you planning on just replacing the Delaware State program with a better team and lying to your son about the first game that he attended? Seems pretty arbitrary what game it was, and the original would be more meaningful.
How old was your son when you took him? I have a son who will be three by the start of the season, and I have been debating bringing him to the opener. My concern is whether he might be overwhelmed by the size and volume of the atmosphere, and whether he will last more than 15 minutes into the game.
Do not bring any child over one or under 7 to any game you want to see the entirety of.
and you are completely correct. He gagged on a chip, puked, and from there things went downhill.
My son was 13 months for his first game, very young. He had already been to baseball, basketball, and hockey games and did well with the atmosphere and crowds. I probably wouldn't have taken him except for the smaller crowd and cheap tickets. If he did throw a huge fit (he didn't), I wouldn't have felt awful if we left early. He has since been to several more events and seems to follow the action pretty well. Gots to start 'em early!
Congrats, you son has now subconsciously internalized every known swear to mankind. Better get that soap ready.
Hasn't been to a Michigan home game, we took him to thee Value City arena to see UM v OSU. Not much of a crowd down there, very little organized cheering, kinda sad. The CBJ games are a bit more spirited but generally family friendly. Columbus isn't a hockey town (or basketball town, or baseball town), so tickets are generally easy to come by. Too bad for the teams, but good for fathers who want to get their young kids to games.
Oh, you live in Columbus. Guess you don't need Yost to teach him every word of profanity known to mankind - the local Walmart should suffice.
I don't understand the people who take like their 4 year old to like a world series game. Especially those you see like 20 rows from the dugout. Guess if you have a lot of cash to throw around it's fine, but just think there was something better you could take your kid to with the proof that they're probably asleep in their seat by the 7th inning.
to a first-round NHL playoff game.
We got there early to check everything out.
After the warm-ups, he said he was cold, then I checked his head and he had a fever!
So I figured it was hopefully I mild thing and bought him a pullover jacket.
But he got hotter and more lethargic as it went on and we had to leave middle of the 2nd period.
Two tickets, jacket, uneaten snacks, parking = $350 by-by.
I think I do have an extra laying around,I will look this evening when I get home,If I do N/C,we will just have to figure a way for you to get me your address!!
We have brought all of our kids to UM football, hockey and red wings games. However, we spend a lot of time discussing the rules with them.
#1 rule, we do not leave our seats during the game, you must be able to make it to half time or intermission before you are allowed to go to a game. We use Red Wings preseason games as bladder test. Also I have found that the kids can use the 2nd floor bathrooms at Yost and I can stand outside and watch the game and the bathroom exit. So at Yost they are now allowed to go to the bathroom during a stoppage in play.
#2 rule is we do not leave early.
That said, check the weather. Nearly traumatized son for life when his first football game was the Northwestern game a few years ago when it was 36 degrees and a driving rain storm. He made it to halftime with promises of hot chocolate, but almost cried he was so cold. I told him it was ok to leave early.
My sons 1st also,he had been looking forward to it for weeks,and I tried to talk him out of it before we left,then told him under no circumstance were we leaving early(he was 8)
He was a trooper,never said a word,but right before halftime I looked over and his lips were blue,so we headed home and caught most of the second half in the comfort of home!
I've never taken my daughter (just now 5) because I'm cheap, and I know she's (sadly) just not that into football yet.
However, my friends son (6) has been to a few games over the years, and it works best if there is a spouse/relative/friend that isn't a Superfan that can take them out of the stadium for breaks if you don't want to miss a minute of the action. (obviously more important for big games)
Kids need breaks to wander, snack, get away from the crowd, etc.
And honestly, to a little kid, they can't tell the difference between a Delaware State game and an Ohio State game.
Save your $, and or let a bigger fan attend those games.
You can get one directly from the school: