The Mariota Experience
September 28, 2017
Thanks to the generous donation of two “Mariota Experience” tickets from Robin Yoshimura, a proud Saint Louis graduate; my father and I had an experience of a lifetime.
On Friday, we landed at the Nashville Airport around 2 p.m. My dad and I walked up and down Broadway experiencing the country themed strip of stores and live music for most of the first night.
Our first meal in Tennessee was at the famous Martin’s BBQ on Broadway.
Country music is something that I hold dear to my heart and we were fortunate enough to see the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Union Station Hotel
The Union Station Hotel was perfect for us. My father and I were fortunate enough to stay at this hotel. It is historically renown as it was a very popular railroad station before converting to a hotel. Also, it was walking distance from Broadway and Nissan Stadium.
My dad and I got to see Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans practice the day before their game versus the Oakland Raiders. We got to see at Titans practice facility, the outside practice fields, and the air-conditioned field “bubble”, as they call it in Tennessee. This is where I got to meet Marcus up close, and see him practice along with an abundant amount of other well-known NFL players such as Demarco Murray, Eric Decker, Adoree Jackson, and Taylor Lewan.
Tennessee Restaurant Driven by Music
Florida Georgia Line, and Thomas Rhett, are some of my favorite artists and they were showcased at many different places in Tennessee. This is a picture of the well known restaurant, Florida Georgia Line House, that was inspired by the band.
Live Country Music
Being a country music fan, this was one of the greatest concerts I have seen in my life. From the heart-warming tributes to the fallen country legend Don Williams, to the soothing sound of live bluegrass music, the Grand Ole Opery was a fantastic music experience in Nashville.
Here the last day in Nashville came, and what better way to end it than to go to my first NFL game. I started to watch football with my father at a young age, and always had a dream of going to an NFL game. I had been to many high school football games, and a few college ones, but never an NFL one, and it surely didn’t disappoint. Although the Titans didn’t prevail victors, we were still happy that we got to support our fellow Saint Louis brother Marcus. In addition to the game, the halftime show singer was one of my favorite country artists, Hunter Hayes. The experience and atmosphere of going to an NFL game is something that I will never forget. From the endless country, to the nightlife on Broadway, Nashville is one of my favorite cities in the world.