Planes, Trains and Boston! Traveling with GT Football

Posted: September 7, 2008 in Georgia Tech Video
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This weekend the Georgia Tech Football team headed up to Boston for our game against Boston College! This was definitely THE best away trip I have ever been on. Here, for all of you interested, is a (somewhat lengthy) description of the trip as well as what it is like to travel with a College Football Team (from a video guy’s perspective at least!)

Getting from A to B
So, how do we get from point A to point B? Well, at 9am we arrive at the Football Stadium wearing our warm up suits and polo shirts. There are four buses parked out front of the stadium and we throw our bags onto the bottom of the bus. At 9:30 a police escort leads us off campus and towards the airport. Now, when I say police escort I don’t mean one or two cars, I mean a dozen or so over the course of the ride and they completely shut down the entrance and exit ramps to the interstate, block the intersections and clear the path to the Airport! 

Getting on the Plane

 

It is great looking at all the motorists expressions when we are blowing past them! Upon arriving at the Airport our buses proceed direction out onto the runway and pull up next to our Private Chartered Jet. Getting off the bus there are four security lines set up where they quickly screen you. Our theory is that if we see anyone on the plane we don’t recognize, then there is cause for concern!
Upon boarding the plane all the flight attendants are wearing Georgia Tech clothes and Aprons.Georgia Tech signs and flags decorate the interior of the plane as well. When you enter the door the flight attendants hand you a hamburger, then in your seat is a bag of snacks, Gatorade’s etc. We get to know the flight attendants pretty well since they are the same for all our flights so it’s pretty fun seeing them every week. 
The Airport Workers Wait to Unload our Bags

The Airport Workers Wait to Unload our Bags

 

Our Busses Waiting

Our Busses Waiting

 

This was one of our lengthier flights, I believe it was around a two and a half hour travel time, so they also played movies and served us a Full Lunch with Salad, Chicken, Cheese Cake and Rolls. Not one of the best meals we’ve ever had but compared to “commercial” plane experiences it’s not bad! Landing in Boston our plane pulls right up to the Buses which are waiting on us.

The State Patrol

The State Patrol

 

 

This time they decided to let us exit from the back door of the plane. Seeing as we are support staff and sit in the back of the plane I was the very first one off! Now, the Mass. State Patrol (in the picture to the Left) was approaching the stairs. He was standing at the bottom holding up his hand. Being from Georgia and around Football I assumed he wanted a High Five.

 

So I gave him one and then he told me that he was telling us to stop, not to give him a high five! It was quite comical and I tried to laugh it off! We then walked over to our buses and loaded up. Oh, and did I mention that they take care of your luggage from the Stadium to the Hotel? Pretty Nice.

In Boston we get another Police Escort, this was one of the best that I have seen. There were about 12 moterbikes alone blocking the entrances and exits to the Interstate. We headed straight to the stadium to unload our equipment. The players were staying to do a walk through and we were going to catch the bus back to the hotel. Well, the bus left us. Lee and I could see it driving off! So we had to sit at the stadium for an extra two hours waiting on the next round of buses to leave for the Hotel. 

The Hotel
Once we get to the hotel all the hotel staff are, of course, dressed in Georgia Tech clothing. Tables are also set up with food and drinks for us as well as our room keys. Here is where our job comes in. We have to set up the meeting rooms with projectors and laptops for the coaches and players to have meetings in all night. It usually takes about twenty minutes to do that part. Ok, so that is the extent of our job on Friday! It is great!

Usually after that we sit at the hotel and hang out, but, being in Boston and only 1 mile away from the T-Train to downtown we HAD to explore!

Heading into Boston

Lee, Rachel and I on the Subway! (The Vidiots!)

Lee, Rachel and I on the Subway! (The Vidiots!)

 

So Lee, Rachel and I headed to the T-Train Station.  Upon arriving we had NO IDEA what to do in order to actually get into Boston (we really did our Research for this trip!) So while Lee and Rachel were looking at maps and documents to try and figure it out, this college age girl walked over and started buying her tickets so I just asked her! She helped out and we were off and rolling in no time! We boarded the train at the last station on the route, 12 miles from Downtown (we stay out of the city so the players can’t do anything). It was a LONG train ride downtown, about 45 minutes. It wasn’t to crowded at first.

 Rachel was actually going into downtown to meet her family who flew in for the game. They didn’t want her riding alone on the T-Train, and after seeing some of the stops we made I couldn’t blame them! After we left Rachel at a stop Lee and I headed over to another train. We were on a mission, a mission to find something Lee is in love with, a Top Secret Shoe Store!

The Shoe Store Mission

 

Finding the Orange Line

Finding the Orange Line

    So Lee is BIG into shoes, like he owns dozens and dozens of pairs of them! He had found this “top secret” shoe store that looks like a gas station on the outside but then when you go in you have to press a button on the coke machine to get into the shoe store! Well we had no idea where it was and Lee had printed possibly the worst directions in the history of directions! We first had to find the right Subway.

 

 

 

 

The REAL Subway!

The REAL Subway!

 

 After looking around the Station for a little while and getting our bearings we were able to find the correct train to get us (close) to where we wanted to be. This train was ALOT more full and more of a subway feel than the other train. We actually had to stand and fight our way on and off the train!

We only had to ride three stops on this train so it wasn’t to bad. Upon getting off we were in Downtown Boston! Trying to following Lee’s printed directions got us quite confused! It said “Take Ramp” basically after every road we turned on and we had no idea what that meant! So finally we decided to ignore that part of the directions and it helped pretty good. This was also after asking many people from the Boston Area for help. Lee and I get to this cross walk and begin crossing, the young man is coming towards us on a Bicycle, then, I don’t know if he hit something or what, but he did a complete flip over the front of the handle bars and face planted into the road! It was Crazy! I tried to help him but, being a guy, he tried to play it off! Oh well :). FINALLY Lee and I made it to this “shoe store”, unfortunately it had closed five minutes earlier so we didn’t get to check it out. Just check out what this thing looks like and you tell me if you think it’s a shoe store! I didn’t believe Lee at all!

 

A Shoe Store?

A Shoe Store? Yes, that's Toilet Paper in the Window!

 

More of Boston

Some China Movie Store!

Some China Movie Store!

 

 After the “Shoe Store” was closed Lee and I decided to walk around Boston for the next three hours (we had to meet Rachel back at the station at 8:30). Then, the most wild thing ever happened! Lee and I are at another cross walk, I look over and see this girl that looks REALLY familiar! It turned out to be Lisa, a girl who went to High School with me, and her Mom (who works with my dad)! How Crazy! Lisa is going to College in Boston and her mom was there helping her move into a new apartment! Out of all of Boston and the hundreds of thousands of people we saw there I saw them! I talked to them a few minutes then Lee and I headed to China Town!

A Huge Memorial Pool of Some Type

Like the OLD City Hall or Something form Colonial Times

Like the OLD City Hall or Something from Colonial Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the Hotel

The Subway

The Subway

 

 Then we headed back to the Subway to try and meet up with Rachel. We finally were able to meet up with her and headed back out to the Hotel. An hour train ride later we were back and headed down to the restaurant to eat! (We get to eat on the GT account if we eat at the Hotel!). We ate then headed to our rooms. About an hour later around midnight I get a call from the Front Desk: “Yes, we need to close your account so you need to come down here and pay”… Me-“What? What are you talking about”….Them: “you tried paying with room credit but your room is cash only!”   

Well after about ten minutes of going back and forth with her Lee and I headed down and paid for it! Of course I gave Todd (My Boss) and Rob (our Operations Director) grief about it this morning so they’re of course paying me back ;). 

 

Game Day

Pre-Game

Pre-Game

 

Of course I don’t think I can give the story without actually talking about the reason we are all in Boston! Game Day Baby! The game today started at 12:10pm so we all left the hotel at 9:45am on the buses, under Police Escort again of course. We arrived at the stadium around 10:15am and set up our Video Equipment. Then of course came hanging out in the Press Box eating good food time and walking around on the field.

 

My Filming Spot

My Filming Spot

 

 

About fifteen minutes before game time we head to our filming spots, today I was in the End Zone filming. It was HOT and HUMID today, absolutely miserable! We filmed beside the Raycom Sports Channel guy today. New cameras today as well! The good thing was that it was mostly Georgia Tech fans with us up there, and of course the one or two obnoxious Boston College fans. The game went OK for most of it and we ended up pulling out a Win with 19-16.

The New Camera!

The New Camera!

 

The Team and Fans Celebrate

The Team and Fans Celebrate

 

Of course the team and fans were excited when we won and did the traditional Ramblin Wreck song to end it off. During this time we are packing up and carrying all our equipment down to the trucks so we can get ready to leave for the Airport. We usually hang around the stadium for about forty five minutes waiting on the players to change and shower so we can head out.

 

Usually when we get to the airports we get straight on the Plane to head back, tonight however we had to sit in the airport about two hours because of the Hurricane going through. We were one of the only flights that was allowed to take off! Like 95% of them tonight were cancelled and the airport was DEAD empty! Anyway, we finally got in the air heading back, of course with decorations and food again! Then we landed and headed back to the Stadium (again under Police Escort) where we were FINALLY done for the weekend! 

 

Our Plane Coming Home

Our Plane Coming Home

 

Landing in Atlanta

Landing in Atlanta

 

Now we Turn Around and do it all again next Friday heading up to Virginia Tech! You’ve got to love Traveling! Hopefully I didn’t bore you all to death! Next week won’t be as exciting because there is NOTHING in Blacksburg Virginia where we are staying! 

-Blake

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Comments
  1. Staci says:

    Hey Blake!
    Todd and I enjoyed the behind the scene play by play! You stay safe! GREAT GAME!!
    GOOOOO JACKETS!!
    Blessings,
    Staci Pealock 🙂

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