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12 minutes ago, JÂy RÛßeÒ said:

 

You probably will be selected as special (make sure you apply your jinx when P*ts are on clock) but majority of fans will not be able to attend unless chosen by one of the "sponsors".  Personally I boycott sponsors which create VIP only events.

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1 minute ago, Limeaid said:

 

You probably will be selected as special (make sure you apply your jinx when P*ts are on clock) but majority of fans will not be able to attend unless chosen by one of the "sponsors".  Personally I boycott sponsors which create VIP only events.

There's a difference between "attending" and "being in the inner circle".  The Bills gave all their inner circle tickets to first responders.  But there are many events and attractions open to the public, including other ways to view the proceedings.

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1 minute ago, 1ManRaid said:

 

Wasn't there already news of it being limited to pairs of people, signed up to specific time slots for closed off "experiences"?  They're not going to let the general public just wander in.

Some things need reservations, others are open.  All events require masks and distancing.

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Yes I am going with my family. We are all vaccinated, besides the kids, but its not required to just go to the event. Its only required to get into the arena and have a seat to watch the draft which i=Im not interested in. We have a hotel right downtown. There is going to be a large open air Draft Experience with food/drinks/games what not and youll be able to see the screen where the draft is happening and kinda mill about. Inside the stadium will be some games ad things like kicking a FG, running a 40 yd dash etc. This requires a reservation which is free and each reservation can be for 2 adults and up to 5 children. Download the NFL OnePass app to reserve.

 

In addition the Rock and Roll HOF is right there and I may head down to the HOF. Either way I veiw it as an excuse to get out of the city after being hesitant to travel for so long.

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Just now, JÂy RÛßeÒ said:

Some things need reservations, others are open.  All events require masks and distancing.

 

I deleted that as soon as I posted as I remembered there would be at least SOME unspecified things available to the public.  But probably nothing worth making a road trip in a pandemic for.

 

I also don't know the rules for interstate travel atm in the states.  Here in Ontario they are currently locking down inter province travel and even threatening randomly pulling over motorists to ensure people are out and about for essential purposes only.

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16 minutes ago, 1ManRaid said:

 

I deleted that as soon as I posted as I remembered there would be at least SOME unspecified things available to the public.  But probably nothing worth making a road trip in a pandemic for.

 

I also don't know the rules for interstate travel atm in the states.  Here in Ontario they are currently locking down inter province travel and even threatening randomly pulling over motorists to ensure people are out and about for essential purposes only.

 

Canada is a WORLD apart from the USA.....they might share a border but that is all they share.  I have a friend who drives up to see his GF every 2-3 months.....it has been a major chore for him when he gets to the Canadian Customs followed up by 7 days of quarantine that consists of unannounced visits and daily check in video chats......when gets back to the US?  Nada.......

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You’re papers please!

 

 

That would be a heck no, and I’ve been to Cleveland several times for work.  Great people, but uh no.

 

Besides other than getting you’re franchise QB maybe, why would you sit around that long like in a dmv waiting line.  Game, yes.  Draft especially this one no.

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Every fan should go to at least 1 draft.  Mine was in 1997 the 1st day in NYC (Bills drafted Antowain Smith)

 

Now the reason I went was because I had to be at my parents house in Long Island that weekend & they didn't have cable, so I either had to go or not see it.   My father drove me to the railroad station at 4:30 AM, I got to Penn Station where the draft was around the corner & went to the line to get a wrist band since it was 1st come 1st served. Once I got my wristband with a number I had some time to kill, so I went back to Penn station.  At one time during my wait I went into the Long Island Railroad waiting area.  There were some homeless people there sleeping.  A short time after I arrived, while I was reading that day's newspapers & my draft materials, the police came & kicked out everyone without a railroad ticket.  After I produced my round trip ticket, I was just about the only one left after the homeless got evicted.  A couple of hours later I went to the line to get into the smaller building next to Madison Square Garden then called the Felt Forum.  I got in chose a seat as close to where they allowed fans-the media had seats reserved closer to the stage in front of us, so I was about 2-3 rows behind the media.  They had a concession stand for food & pick the draft contests.  They gave out some draft information with the contest so that nobody was picking blind.

 

Overall it was a good experience, but I never went back because at home I can have the TV on, switch to the different stations covering the draft (It used to be 1 but now it's 3) and I can listen to WGR on the computer.  One year I had 2 TVs on and WGR on in the bedroom I used as an office, all at the same time.

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6 minutes ago, Albany,n.y. said:

Every fan should go to at least 1 draft.  Mine was in 1997 the 1st day in NYC (Bills drafted Antowain Smith)

 

Now the reason I went was because I had to be at my parents house in Long Island that weekend & they didn't have cable, so I either had to go or not see it.   My father drove me to the railroad station at 4:30 AM, I got to Penn Station where the draft was around the corner & went to the line to get a wrist band since it was 1st come 1st served. Once I got my wristband with a number I had some time to kill, so I went back to Penn station.  At one time during my wait I went into the Long Island Railroad waiting area.  There were some homeless people there sleeping.  A short time after I arrived, while I was reading that day's newspapers & my draft materials, the police came & kicked out everyone without a railroad ticket.  After I produced my round trip ticket, I was just about the only one left after the homeless got evicted.  A couple of hours later I went to the line to get into the smaller building next to Madison Square Garden then called the Felt Forum.  I got in chose a seat as close to where they allowed fans-the media had seats reserved closer to the stage in front of us, so I was about 2-3 rows behind the media.  They had a concession stand for food & pick the draft contests.  They gave out some draft information with the contest so that nobody was picking blind.

 

Overall it was a good experience, but I never went back because at home I can have the TV on, switch to the different stations covering the draft (It used to be 1 but now it's 3) and I can listen to WGR on the computer.  One year I had 2 TVs on and WGR on in the bedroom I used as an office, all at the same time.

 

I read your account and thought this is why I never want to go to a draft. 

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2 hours ago, JÂy RÛßeÒ said:

It would be nice if the Pegula's can get NFL to hold draft in Buffalo,  would be great and a huge boost to hotels & restaurants all the way to Niagara Falls. Weather is nice this time of year and if Cleveland is good enough then why not Buffalo/Niagara Falls? I am sure plenty of rookies would love to see one of the seven wonders of the world and NEW YORK STATE should kick in money to boost tourism.  

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1 hour ago, Teddy KGB said:

Cleveland is no where near as bad as folks make it out to be 

 

Downtown area has everything.      Enjoy.   
 

Grab a beer and some wings here.   https://www.harrybuffalo.com
 

 

 

 

Wife and I can have a great time anywhere we go, and Cleveland is no exception. It’s similar to Buffalo, everything is only 15 mins from wherever you are. 

 

I forget the name of the neighborhood we liked the most, “Marketside” or “Ohio City” perhaps? Had a cool Allentown vibe to it. Had beers and some grub at a place called Nanobrew, more beers at Great Lakes Brewery & Market Garden brewing, then got some street tix for the Indians game that afternoon. And more beers there ;)

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43 minutes ago, 4_kidd_4 said:

 

Wife and I can have a great time anywhere we go, and Cleveland is no exception. It’s similar to Buffalo, everything is only 15 mins from wherever you are. 

 

I forget the name of the neighborhood we liked the most, “Marketside” or “Ohio City” perhaps? Had a cool Allentown vibe to it. Had beers and some grub at a place called Nanobrew, more beers at Great Lakes Brewery & Market Garden brewing, then got some street tix for the Indians game that afternoon. And more beers there ;)

Good choices though I don’t know what’s open these days.  I also liked Town Hall when I went there the last time the Bills played in Cleveland.  Steve’s Gyros in the West Side Market are excellent.  Lots of other great stuff in there too (assuming it’s all open).  I always bring a cooler to bring stuff home if I can.

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