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Anyone going to NY for the draft?


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That is something I always thought would be a lot of fun to do. If you watch you always see and hear the fans when their team makes their pick. It would be something really cool to experience with the right group of people to go with. I mean Mrs. ArmyBengal is a lot of fun, but she just isn't quite the fan of football that I am. Heck, I've already opened the lines of communication so I can be on here for draft weekend in April...

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I was considering going to NY for the draft. The question I have is how hard is it to get in and where are some good places to stay near Madison Square Garden?

I lived in Rhode Island last year about an hour and a half away from NY and I made a couple of calls to find out what it would take to go and apparently you have to pretty much camp out their. Their is limited space and a lot of people in the US and they don't open the doors until a certain time the morning of the Draft. Their isn't tickets to buy in advance (I tried) so you have to just get their early and be really really dedicated.

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I was considering going to NY for the draft. The question I have is how hard is it to get in and where are some good places to stay near Madison Square Garden?

I used to live in New York pretty close to Radio City Music Hall. If you decide to go, find an afforable hotel ANYWHERE in Manhattan. Taking the subway to the draft from any location in the city won't take you long. If you really want to be in the tourist areas near Times Square you should be able to find a hotel that is relatively affordable.

I went to Radio City Music Hall in 2007 with my dad to see if we could get tickets at the last moment because we didn't feel like standing in line all morning. They say you can't camp out, but I'm sure people were forming a line sometime starting in the middle of the night. We did notice that there was a raffle for a few last seats. We decided not to put pur name in, though. We ended up standing in line for the ESPN Zone to watch in there where we could have some beers and good food, etc. It was worth it. I know that a few of the guys that I used to work with that went to draft were disappointed in the cost of food, hot dogs, etc. Also, it is an alcohol free event. The consensus was that it was long, cramped, and got boring after awhile. Keep in mind there is no dialog of draft strategies or picks that you get when you watch it on TV. It's a completely different experience.

My advice, if you want to go is get there early, be prepared to wait a long time to get in. Tickets should be free, they were in 2007. Good luck and have fun.

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Wow, had no idea about that. Really makes you look at it from a different perspective. Good post Hokie...

Yeah, it's all in what you want. If you want to be a part of the event, then I would try to go. If you really like all the insight and commentary, I'd just watch it on ESPN. Some people I've talked to really liked being there and some said it was fun for the first couple of hours and then it got monotonous.

Also, another great way of finding a place to stay is "renting" an apartment room (on Craigslist) for the weekend from someone who leaves the city on the weekends. It's usually cheaper than getting a hotel and you get a kitchen.

If you're going to fly...try and fly into Newark. It's generally cheaper and it's just as close to Manhattan as LaGuardia.

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My high school's senior trip is in New York the week of the draft, and they're letting us go if we want. Me and a few of the other guys on the football team are gonna get up at about 3 in the morning and try to get in.

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My high school's senior trip is in New York the week of the draft, and they're letting us go if we want. Me and a few of the other guys on the football team are gonna get up at about 3 in the morning and try to get in.

If you do go, cheer for the Bengals pick, no matter who it is...It would be nice just once to hear somebody, anybody applaud a Bengals pick..... :clap:

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My high school's senior trip is in New York the week of the draft, and they're letting us go if we want. Me and a few of the other guys on the football team are gonna get up at about 3 in the morning and try to get in.

If you do go, cheer for the Bengals pick, no matter who it is...It would be nice just once to hear somebody, anybody applaud a Bengals pick..... :clap:

Unless it's Beanie Wells and then I hope to hear someone yelling, "F*CK YOU MIKE BROWN" as loud as humanly possible !!!

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