Monday night at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST I’ve been asked to join with several other tweeps over on Twitter to join in a Twitter Party sponsored by TravelingMom.com and underwritten by the national vendor ParkWhiz, which is the number one online source to find and reserve a guaranteed parking space major sporting venues across the country, and more importantly, providing up to 7,000 spaces at the Super Bowl in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6, 2011.

Things are wild here in the DFW area already in preparation for the upcoming game with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. The news media has gone gaga about reporting the events related, and stretched a bit to cover things that aren’t.  Seems to get media attention in DFW right now you have to have two words included in the lead:  Super and Bowl.

But preparations have been ongoing for a good while.  One station aired a report about the preparations local law enforcement have been involved with for the past three years.  They’ve been working hard to keep the area safe, to be ready for all kinds of contingencies, and most importantly, to handle the incredible influx of traffic.

And all of those cars coming into the Arlington area playground of opportunities need somewhere to park.

ParkWhiz has had up to 7,000 parking spots for Super Bowl Sunday.   At this writing, on their site, they say they only have 44 left beginning at $33.  Trust me, that’s still a great price for parking over there, as 1) I can’t imagine those 44 spaces lasting long, and 2) after they are, you probably ought to start considering a form of public transportation and/or have some good walking shoes.  

Parking At Sporting Events

I’ve only been to one Dallas Cowboys game and it was at Texas Stadium.  I’ve been to multiple games at The Ball Park in Arlington, where the Texas Rangers play, Wrigley Field in Chicago, Legion Field in Birmingham, and then I’ve mostly been to football games  at Jordan Hare Stadium, the home of my Auburn Tigers.

When I was in the Governor’s Office in Alabama from 1988 until 1998, I also was able to attend numerous games at various collegiate football venues throughout the Southeast, including Tennessee in Knoxville, games in Oxford and Jackson, Mississippi, and The Swamp down in Gainseville, Florida.

Probably the worst experience was when another driver parked in a Frat lot on the Florida campus.  Auburn got beaten like a drum for that game and lost 48-27 or some horrible number.  When we got back to the parking lot where we’d left the car, it’d been towed and cost the guy about $200 to get his car back.

My Parking Preferences

When I go to a game, I like to park like I’m headed back out of the mix.  I’ve been fortunate to park right across the street at Wrigley next to the McDonald’s.  It was like $20, but that was in the late 1980s.

By far the easiest route to go is to have a parking pass or assigned parking.  You breeze in, you breeze out.  You don’t have the added stress of where you’re going to park.

And that leaves time for more important things…..

Tailgating

Having spent the past 30 years of my life as a fan of an SEC football team, (Did I remind you that Auburn was National Champs this year?) tailgating has become an inspired tradition in my life.  When I was on campus at Auburn, it was hysterical to see alumni arrive in their RVs on Wednesday for the game on Saturday.  They’d leave on Sunday and on Wednesday, they’d be back.

If you walked through their areas on Saturday mornings, you’d best be looking for people who you might know.  Just a “Hey” and a “War Eagle,” was the gateway to the serving line of BBQ, chips, and other Southern delicacies.  Oh yeah, and some sort of cooled beverage.

The smells of the cooking and the prepared food are enough to make anyone hungry.

Monday Night

So Monday night, I’m going to be a part of this group who talks about parking at sporting events.  We’ll talk about tailgating, favorite foods for such, and a discussion about your favorite Super Bowl treats and traditions. Go ahead and follow @KimOrlando, @CindyRichards, @TravelingMoms, @RoleMommy, @ParkWhiz, myself, and @DadaRocks so you can keep up with our party.  Like I said, it begins at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Central and 7 p.m. Pacific.

We want to hear about your ideas for tailgating, and your recommendations about how to park at your sporting venues.   If you’ve got tickets to the Super Bowl you might really want to join in–There are $50 gift cards up for grabs.

Disclosure: I am being compensated for my time Monday and have been asked to write this post in support of Monday’s event.

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