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Away Trip - Houston - 3/4/17

Travel with ECS to see SSFC play outside of Seattle.

Unread postby SounderJus » Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:27:57 am

MONKEY HIJACK AGAIN!
Hello Away CHAMPIONS!!!



Welcome to our first MATCH of the title defending 2017 season!! You are one of 62+ lucky supporters who will be trudging down to Houston to kick off the season in style!! I can't think of a better time to go to Texas! Its not 132 degrees in the middle of August! Bring your voices, bring your spirit!



Tickets:



Your HOUSTON Away Ticket(s) to stand with the Emerald City Supporters for the match on Saturday, April 4, 2016 at 7:30 PM Central at BBBBBBBBVA Compass Stadium (BBVA Compass Stadium: 2200 Texas AVE, Houston), are attached to this email! Print your ticket(s), bring them with you, and keep it with you for the entirety of the match. We have been told that Houston has the capability to scan a .pdf off of your phone/email. However, do you really want to trust some Houstanite?



Parking:



Parking around the stadium is mostly paid private lots. We have been asked to park in the lot at the corner of Rusk and Dowling. This is nearest to the entrance into the stadium we are using. Security will be meeting us here, so even if you decide to park elsewhere (I am told this lot is $25) please plan to meet us there! See attached map for an excellent pictoral representation of this area. AVOID the paved lots north of the stadium. This is where the Houston supporters tailgate. The guy at the lot was a little wishy-washy and says he will be open between 4 and 430. I plan to get there around 4.



Guess what though, not driving? YOU GET FREE USE OF THE LOCAL LIGHT RAIL TRAINS IN DOWNTOWN WITH YOUR TICKET! Wahoo! Use the Green/Blue lines to EaDo station. Its free with your match ticket on gameday!



PreFunc:

There is no organized bar type PreFunc. There are local bars, but be very mindful of the Houston fans and supporters. It is always best to travel in a group!



No Host "Supporters picnic":



There will be a no-host supporters picnic in the parking lot, starting about 4:30 pm. There is no plans to specifically rope off an area just for us, so if you plan to park in that lot, arrive early and lets take up some space!



We have been told that the city of Houston does not allow open containers... Take that for what you will at your own risk...

I'm not saying you should watch this now... Of course we don't condone anything...



Stadium Entry (6:00 PM SHARP):



Security will be meeting us at the parking lot just before 6pm. At this time, please make sure if you have any TIFO to bring into the section that it is presented for inspection. We have been given maximum dimensions of 4'x8' on anything. So standard two-poles and small flags are acceptable. We will then be proceeding across the street and entering the stadium. The plan is that we will all be inside PRIOR to the main gates opening at about 6:15.



BAG POLICY: BBVA At this point is not using the clear bag policy that CLink is on. However, they are on the no large bags that we were a bit ago. Only small clutches, etc. For any questions, review information on the Dynamo's webpage.



Gametime Expectations:



Emerald City Supporters is a supporter group. That's important to remember. Our reason for being at the match is to spur our boys on toward victory; everything else is secondary.


•Our section will be the upper portion of Section 230. Our section will be treated as General Admission; we do not enforce seat assignments. Tifo, capos, the drum, will be in front few rows. Everyone else is invited to stand where they feel most comfortable. We will be going old school as Houston is being silly about a drum and megaphone. (There is still a very small hope for a drum....)


•Participation is encouraged. We may have song cards so you can sing, chant, and go mental right along with us. Don't worry if you don't know all the words, just follow along the best you can and your support will be felt!


•Friends or family in other MLS team gear or colors will not be allowed to stand with us. If you or someone in your group is wearing colors of another MLS team, they will be asked to remove those items. If they refuse, we will try to have your group reseated. If the stadium staff cannot accommodate a reseating, then your group will be asked to leave. We have arranged this group purchase for SOUNDERS SUPPORTERS. It is our right to refuse entry with our group. You could be wearing an Atlanta jersey, and will still be asked to remove it.


•Please, do not engage in any way with home fans. Security will keep them at bay; there's no need to engage in any wordplay, taunting, threats, etc. If you have an issue, notify your Travel Monkey,or stadium staff.



Postgame:



We will held in the section for a minimum of 15-30 minutes. Security will then escort the group back to the parking lot. If you choose not to stay with the group, you assume the risks of your own security.



Itinerary Recap:



As always, make SURE you check with the travel monkey on the ground for the latest schedule/details.



12:00 PM Wake up



12:01PM Think about getting dressed, realize you are in Austin and you should probably get a move on. (Yes, I plan to be in Austin, because Houston kind of sucks)



12:02PM Remember that Texas State Police will pull you over for going 3MPH over the speed limit and threaten with a $300 ticket. Luckily you remember you're good at talking police out of tickets on road trips for the boys...



12:03PM HIT THE ROAD!



3:00PM WAKE UP IN HOUSTON, you were smart.

3:05PM Find Pants

3:06PM Laugh at Dave because he's still driving from Austin

3:10PM Pregame meat feast somewhere?

4:00PM HEAD TOWARDS STADIUM!!

4:30PM Hang out with your friends at the parking lot!

5:45PM MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN THE PARKING LOT TO MEET WITH SECURITY!!

6:00PM Walk across street and enter stadium

7:30ish GO MENTAL!!

9:30ish CELEBRATE!!!

10PM Exit stadium, continue a glorious evening! Its only supposed to be about 70 degrees! not 146! A beautiful evening to eat more Texas meat!



See the attached artwork for better details!





Eternal Blue Forever Green,



ECS Travel Monkey



P.S. for up to the moment happenings, follow us on Twitter @ecstravelmonkey



Travel Monkey for this trip is Dave Kreczko



Remember to review all stadium policies that are on the home team's website.



Monkey hijack! TICKETS NOW ON SALE TO ALL MEMBERS!! DEADLINE TO BUY IS FEB 17 AT HIGH NOON!!
Monkey hijack 2! Here is the Travel Form so that you can enter your itinerary so you can arrange rides, hotel sharing and extra curricular activities.

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We got effed out of a home opener after our cup win. Who is up for a trip to HOU to take over creamcicle stadium?


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Unread postby caraline » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:31:11 pm

SounderJus wrote:We got effed out of a home opener after our cup win. Who is up for a trip to HOU to take over creamcicle stadium?


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I'll be there!!


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Unread postby iwantabossjersey » Tue Jan 3, 2017 9:09:31 pm

Airfare booked!
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Unread postby dawnfisher82 » Fri Jan 6, 2017 12:56:54 pm

My husband and I will be there! We have our airfare, rental car, and Air BnB all booked! So excited to see the boys at the season opener. We ended the season with them in Toronto and will start the season with them in Houston!
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Unread postby SmashleyFC » Mon Jan 9, 2017 9:38:25 pm

Rosella and I are in!

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Unread postby raychelabcde » Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:31:05 am

In for my first "far away" match since 2011!

Looking into airbnb right now, will be able to sleep 4 so feel free to contact me if you need a crash spot!
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Unread postby Jsb0389 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:03:36 pm

I'll be there! Lucky enough to have work pay for it as I have a conference I have to go the next day! (Although not happy about having to get up for the conference afterwards haha)
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Unread postby Jsb0389 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:03:54 pm

Does anyone know when tickets will go on sale?
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:07:06 pm

Jsb0389 wrote:Does anyone know when tickets will go on sale?


After schedule release tomorrow Travel Monkeys will have a meeting to prep and plan for the season. Info will be updated as soon as we have it. Keep an eye on this thread.
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Unread postby Jsb0389 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:47:05 pm

Sounds good thanks!
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Unread postby SounderJus » Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:12:25 pm

Everything booked. Just waiting for tickets (champion version) to become available.


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Unread postby RightFootHammer » Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:25:16 am

SounderJus wrote:Everything booked. Just waiting for tickets (champion version) to become available.

We're working hard on that! You will be the second person to know when they go on sale.


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Unread postby iwantabossjersey » Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:20:48 pm

TICKETS NOW ON SALE!!! WAHOO!
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Unread postby SounderJus » Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:51:54 pm

Flight
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Supporter Section Tickets




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Unread postby dawnfisher82 » Sat Jan 28, 2017 8:13:42 pm

We are so excited! Can't wait! Everything is booked and bought. Does anyone have suggestions for fun stuff to do in Houston? My husband and I are flying in early in the week to explore.
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