Being mobile is a way of life.
Whether on the road or gridiron, football fans are passionate about their game. It doesn’t matter if it is Sunday, Monday or Thursday night, their mobile device enhances the experience.
We caught up with a few fans this season and they shared how technology helps make their game day great.
Tailgating is an integral part of the fun – it’s the event before the EVENT. But how do you herd a bunch of friends together who come from different directions and never know where they are going to park?
"I rely on my device, I mean really rely on it," says Patrick Dabrowski, a long-time Giants fan who regularly meets up with friends to barbeque before Big Blue games. “We try to park in the same spot, but that’s not always possible. I’m able to find my friends by using a few different apps such as Twitter, FaceTime, Snapchat and texting. The quicker we can find each other, the faster the pre-game grilling gets going.”
Mike Bavulato is part of this same tailgate gang, although the Giants are not his team. “My team isn’t local, so when I am not able to get to the game, I watch their games on NFL Mobile. I also check the ESPN app and stay active on Twitter to stay on top of their action.”
A few parking sections away was Kristian Loughlin, who travels at least 50 miles to games and uses his device for game-day meet-ups and tailgates. But more importantly, he documents his experience. “I love to take pictures and post them to Facebook and Instagram. My passion is the action shot. And I love to rib my friends who follow rival teams, so that happens a few times during each game.”
Fans in the Midwest also love the mobile experience. “A smartphone with a great camera is my must-have tailgate tech accessory,” said Jessica Leib of Prairie Village, Kansas at a recent Chiefs game. “My husband and I always have such a good time. I like to capture the great moments and share them instantly on Instagram and Twitter. Plus, who doesn’t like to join in on the conversation with fun hashtags like #GoChiefs, #ChiefsKingdom, #Chiefs and more!”
Miami is known as a tropical global gateway, and that description also applies at Dolphins games. Ruben Segura-Coto was using FaceTime to describe the football vs. futbol action to his brother in Zaragoza, Spain. He was a bit overheated in the searing Florida sun in the upper deck during a December Dolphins loss, but he wasn’t complaining. His only other NFL game was a -30o February freeze-up in Green Bay. “Hot or cold, win or lose, it’s all fun when you can share it with family and friends.”