The Atlanta Falcons are giving their season-ticket holders an opportunity that surely many won’t pass up: a visit to their seats from cheerleaders during home games.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell has details on the unique plan:
It’s part of the team’s “Memories” program, which seeks to give the team’s most loyal fans experiences that they will remember.
Fans can use memory points, which they are awarded based on longevity of being a season-ticket holder, to stand on the field during the player intros, get a personal visit from the team mascot or receive an autograph from a Falcons player.
But it’s the cheerleader visit that has been getting the most attention.
Still, the Falcons recognize there is the possibility of ugliness by sending cheerleaders to fans and it’s something they are prepared for.
“It’s not like you can order them to your seat after you’ve had eight beers,” said Jim Smith, the team’s chief marketing and revenue officer.
“If things don’t look right, we’re not going there,” Smith said. “But often, we’ve seen this is ordered by families whose daughters cheer and want to meet the girls.”
Rovell reports that cheerleaders will be escorted by security to those who order this visit.
With the proper pre-cautions in place, this is a pretty cool idea by the Falcons. Cheerleaders are obviously a big part of the fan experience and Atlanta has come up with a method of making it even bigger.
The Golden State Warriors are excited about another season with star point guard Stephen Curry leading the way, but they may have some concern about his future in Oakland.
Curry talked last week on The Doug Gottlieb Show about potentially going back to his home team and playing at some point in his career. It was very obvious that Curry is intrigued with the idea, and could end up doing that when his next contract rolls around.
“I’ve always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like,” Curry said, via Diamond Leung of Inside the Bay Area. “My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it.Right now I feel like I’ve got three years left on my deal, so this isn’t going to be an issue for me for a while. I love the Bay Area and where we are as a team trying to win a championship, and that’s what it’s all about. Of course everybody dreams about or thinks about what it’s going to be like to play at home. Obviously if that opportunity comes along it’s a different discussion.”
“It’s like a thump from your mom when you said something that you weren’t supposed to, she’ll thump you dead in your ear or on your head,” Newton said, via the Charlotte Observer. “It’ll hurt for that little second but it’ll go away after 2-3 minutes. It’s a reminder that, hey, you better check yourself.”
Newton said he still wanted to play, but was “sticking to the program.”