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Old 07-10-2013   #1
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We are coming over from Manchester, UK to Texas in October and have managed to get some tickets for the Rams game - Section 133.

Via Trip Advisor, we have been advised to get the light rail to the game, which we will probably do.

How early should we aim to get to the stadium to make sure we can enjoy the atmosphere, have a good look round etc? I have read somewhere that some fans arrive 4 or 5 hours before the game or is that an exaggeration?

Any other advice you could give to ensure we maximise the day would be great.

Many thanks in advance.

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Welcome to board and to the States when you get here. You will get info you need quickly from others but I just want to say hello and hope you participate in our MB.
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Welcome to the board!

This should probably be in the Tailgating section; this section is generally used to talk about the Team while the Tailgating section is about going to the game and enjoying it while you're there.

I've never taken the rail in Houston so I have no idea what it's like. I don't live in Houston at the moment, so my wife and I fly into town, rent a car, and then drive to the stadium.

There are a bunch of huge parties around the stadium prior to the game. There are bands playing and people cooking and all sorts of things.

Personally, I've never really met up with anyone from the boards at the game. My wife and I usually show up about an hour before kick-off, park, and go directly to our seats. But I know that there are lots of people here who know each other and hang out together.
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Lots open up 4 hours prior to kickoff for tailgating, unless they've recently changed it. Be advised that you will need to procure a tailgating ticket to be there too much in advance. I don't know all the particulars with that recent change, but many on here do.

Congrats on the upcoming trip!
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As if we don't have enough foreigners with funny accents in this city!!! Just kidding mate. Welcome to houston. I hope you all have a good time in the states. I've taken the rail from downtown. It's a breeze. Bring some blood pudding and haggis to put on the grill!!
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Be advised that you will need to procure a tailgating ticket to be there too much in advance.
You don't need a tailgate ticket unless you're planning on hanging around in the parking lots during the game. A game ticket is all you need to get on the property. Unless you are parking, then you'd need a parking pass.

Most of the tailgating begins 4 hours prior, but folks walking in aren't allowed to do so until 3 1/2 hours prior. At least that's the policy. So if it's a noon game and you take the rail, they are not supposed to let you walk in until 8:30.

Platinum lot tailgates 5 hours prior, but that's a pretty good hike from where the rail lets you out. Well, not once you're in since it's next the the stadium, but they'll make you walk around the property as opposed to through it if you get there before 8:30.

You're more than welcome to swing by our camp for a beer and whatever we're grilling, but you'd need a taxi to get to us over in the Yellow lot.

So, any time after 8:30 (for a noon game), to answer your question.
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If you stay at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza on Kirby and 610, you can walk across the street at 8:30 am and enter the tailgating lots.

Don't let them talk you into taking the shuttle (they pulled that trick on a friend) it takes you and drops you off at the far side of the world.
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Thanks again everyone - lots more to consider now. And many thanks for the tailgate invite, sure we will pop along.
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BLUE CREW TAILGATE in Platinum Lot!!! Get there! Join us!!!
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Welcome to Houston, TS.

Please come early to make a round of the tailgate area.
Or you can make the Blue Crew your first and final destination.
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