A Tale of Two Sporting Events
I rarely attend professional sporting events, but have attended two in recent days. Both were fun, both were opportunities for making family memories, but the experiences were quite different.
The first was a Stanley Cup playoff game involving the Nashville Predators. The atmosphere was rabid, the crowd intense. Tickets were hard to come by. The streets surrounding the venue were packed. Some of the cheers for the home team were suitable for mature audiences only.
The second was a minor league game involving the Nashville Sounds. Quite a contrast. The atmosphere was calm but upbeat. Tickets were readily available at a reasonable price. There was room to get up and move around the park. The crowd sang the national anthem, and then cheering was left to individual discretion.
A Perfect Family-Friendly Venue for our First Promotional Event
Families Connect provides an application for families to build family web pages and share memories in private family networks. A minor league baseball game on a beautiful summer evening proved the perfect venue for introducing Families Connect.
Everything about the ballgame was family-friendly. Proving the point: the Families Connect booth was positioned in the Band Box adjacent to the Lego booth. Obviously, the marketing brains were thinking about appealing to a similar audience.
Making Family Memories
Spectators entered the stadium looking casual and relaxed. Many of those attending were families with young children, ready for a night
Others entered with groups of friends, laughing and chatting.
What was at stake here wasn’t the city’s pride over the outcome of this particular game.
This was about was a night out with friends or family, creating and sharing an experience to be added to the bank of memories.
Create Your Family Memories
Many cities have minor league baseball teams, which can be wonderful venues for summer family memory-making. But there are plenty of other options.
Little league baseball obviously is ubiquitous. Growing up in the south, I loved to attend stock car races on dirt tracks. My memory is of lots of noise and excitement, but this also provided a venue for memory-building (Proving the point: I remember it today). Small venue outdoor concerts are another option. These I also remember from my youth–such an event was my first introduction to authentic country music.
Look around. There are accessible and affordable options for keeping the family together on a summer evening, and helping everyone create a memory to hold.
Rick Bryant is the founder of Families Connect, LLC. He is also a husband, father of three adult children, and a grandfather to two. Before Families Connect, Rick founded and built an investment advisory business; co-founded a served as a partner in a private equity investment business; worked in investment banking; and practiced securities and corporate law. Rick reads widely; enjoys hunting and fishing; and has great ambitions for bees and his vegetable garden.