Let’s Go Chargers!
Growing up in San Diego, I attended a lot of Chargers football games during my childhood. I recalled having a great time cheering for my favorite players, enjoying a hot dog, and the excitement of being at an NFL game. It was always a fun time.
When my husband got tickets for us to attend a Chargers game at the Q with our kids I was super excited. We went to a weekday evening game and met my husband at the stadium after he got off work. Since my husband was driving down, I decided to take Coaster to the trolley, to the stadium, where my husband met the kids and I for the game. I figured it would be easier than being stuck in traffic both in ~and~ out of the stadium, and be a fun train ride adventure. It worked out well. The kids loved taking the train & trolley, and it was less expensive than parking at the stadium.
Once we arrived we met up with some friends that were tailgating. It was fun to walk around the parking lot seeing all the Chargers gear and attire on the fans, smelling the food from the bbq’s, and hanging out with friends. There were a lot of families tailgating with kids, tossing a football around the parking lot, and relaxing before the game.
Here are a few things that I think would be good to know prior to attending a Chargers game with kids:
The Stadium Can Be Pretty Loud
The crowd, booming pyrotechnics, and music all add to the experience, but depending upon how sensitive your child is, you may want to consider bringing earplugs for your little one(s).
Leave Your Stroller At Home or In The Car
The stadium does not have designated stroller parking, so it’s best to leave your stroller in the car or at home. If you do need to bring your stroller, they will likely direct you to leave it at Guest Relations, which may be a LONG distance from your seats. The same goes for an infant car seat. Leave it behind, and use carrier for your baby.
No Outside Food Allowed
You are allowed to bring a few unopened plastic water bottles into the game, but aside from that, you should consume your outside food prior to entering the stadium. Check the Chargers website for details of the amount of water you may bring inside.
Be Prepared To Be Around People Consuming Alcohol
A lot of beer is consumed by fans tailgating before the game, as well as during the game . We didn’t have any issues with people having consumed too much around us, but just know that this comes with the territory.
Bring Hats and or Sunscreen
If you attend a daytime game be prepared with hats and or sunscreen. It can be super hot!
Leave Your Backpack Behind
They limit the size of the bag you’re allowed to bring into the stadium. All bags other than small clutch size bags MUST be CLEAR! This is new in 2013. More details HERE.
If you choose to drive to the stadium, consider coming hours early and tailgating. Tailgating can be a fun part of the football experience.
Bring Your Patience
If you drive in, realize there will be a lot of traffic if you leave at the end of the game. Bring your patience!
Have you taken kids to a Chargers, or other NFL game? If so, what recommendations do you have for going with kids? Perhaps we’ll see you at a Chargers game at The Q!