Many times, people will come up to me and say, "you are so lucky, getting to go to LA this weekend!" ; or whatever city we may be going to for a game.
It has happened a couple of times already this week. They will say, "wow, what are you going to do in LA this weekend when you guys go to play UCLA? You are so lucky"
Well, they are right in one way, I am EXTREMELY lucky to be going to LA, or anywhere with the football team; but they are misunderstood in terms of what we get to do when we go on the road. Especially, this weekend!
First of all, this weekend, we won't really ever be in Los Angeles, just close. We will land at Burbank airport around 5:30pm on Friday afternoon. We will be on the tarmac for at least 30 minutes, waiting to get the buses loaded with everyone and their bags.
Then, we will get a police escort all the way to the hotel in Glendale, but for us, the equipment staff, we keep going down the freeway to Pasadena, where the Rose Bowl Stadium is at. Obviously, the police escort stops at team hotel. We will arrive at the stadium around 6:30-7pm, depending on traffic. Then, we will work at the stadium for at least a couple of hours. We may go longer because of the early kickoff.
We will stop somewhere in Pasadena or Glendale for dinner, which means it will be 10:00 or later when we get to hotel.
Then the next morning, we will probably arrive back to the stadium around 6:00am which means we will leave hotel around 5:30am. That makes for an early wake up call!
As soon as the game is over, we hop on the buses that go back to Burbank Airport and we fly home to Tucson. We will be home around 7pm on Saturday.
So basically, this means we see Burbank Airport tarmac, stadium, a restaurant, hotel, back to stadium and then to airport. I am NOT complaining, but also want people to know it isn't always a vacation. Sometimes on a late Saturday night kickoff, we might get some free time on Saturday morning, but that seems rare on the road.
Hopefully I will be able to have some awesome pictures of our trip to Hollywood!