Saturday, Tiger fans began to flood into the Phoenix area. Glendale’s Westgate Center is definitely one of the hot spots for gathering and partying. It’s an impressive complex, home to numerous restaurants and bars, a huge movie theatre and Jobing.com Arena where the Phoenix Coyotes play.
“The Coyotes hosted the Buffalo Sabers, but lost in a close one (2-1 in overtime).”
Football fans were everywhere you looked. It was almost like being in Auburn for a home game. Tammy Powers (left) and Gloria and Jon Barnes flew in on Saturday and couldn’t believe all of the Auburn fans they were running into.
“They said their pilot gave the whole plane a big WAR EAGLE on the flight out.”
McFadden’s Grill hosted a Tiger “meet and greet” and was filled with orange and blue. Dave Wortman (Atlanta), Lara Bancroft (Denver), Susan Wassell (Atlanta) and Rick Butgereit (Atlanta) were having a great time at the bar.
Don Fowler from Columbiana, his son Clay from Bossier City, LA and nephew Kevin from Canton, MI made this trip a guys’ family trip. They got their tickets lined up as soon as the SEC Championship game ended.
The next group I ran into was really pumped up. It was another guys’ family group- a dad, Buddy Bunch of Guntersville, his two sons, Adam Bunch also of Guntersville and Brett Bunch of Spanish Fort along with Kevin Wagner of Guntersville. This trip marked several firsts for these guys. Aside from the obvious, (Auburn in a Natl. Championship) none had been to Arizona before, Dad had never flown on a commercial airline and Adam has never worn his camouflage and duck calls to a football game before.
Everyone seemed to have a great time getting the party started in Glendale and the locals have opened their arms up to the influx of fans. On the walk through the parking lot, I noticed that they have big trucks out here too.