Riveters Takeover Orlando!

 Posted by on September 22, 2017  Away Travel, Championship  No Responses »
Sep 222017
 

NWSL Final – October 14, 2017

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As we all know, attending an Away Match is tons of fun. And when your team is in the Away Match, even better! We don’t know yet if the Thorns will be in the NWSL Final this year, but our fingers are crossed. Many of us are going anyway & we had a fantastic time in Houston last year, even without the Thorns playing.

In preparation, we have secured match tickets, some housing, and have a few events on the schedule!

MATCH TICKETS:

If you’d like to travel with us, the first thing to do is to get your match tickets ordered! In order to get that taken care of, please go here: https://timbersarmy.org/event-2639430

Please note that tickets into Orlando City Stadium are digital, so you’ll need to have these loaded on your cell phone when you get to the stadium.

HOUSING/TRAVEL:

With help from Denise of the Pride’s Crown SG, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Downtown (191 East Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801), which is less than 1 mile to the stadium. This hotel has free breakfast, free cocktail reception, & free wifi for starters. Details for getting in on this deal are here: http://rosecityriveters.org/orlando-travelaccommodations/

We have also setup a Facebook page especially for travel discussion/arrangements. Please go to this link to find folks to share rooms, cars, etc. with. https://www.facebook.com/events/890519707765465

PICKUP SOCCER:

If you are interested in lacing up your boots side by side with other SG’s & getting a little footy in, you’ve come to the right place. With help from Mike of the Pride’s Crown SG we’ll have pickup soccer on Saturday morning close to Embassy Suites. If you were with us last year, the pickup soccer was great fun. The sprinklers went on so we all got a little wet but since it was hot, no problem! We had folks repping the Riveters, Bayou City Republic, & the Spirit Squadron among others. Meet on Saturday at 9:30am at 480 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801.

Group

WoSoCo:

Jen Cooper of KeeperNotes is once again hosting this conference & more information can be found here: http://keepernotes.com/wosoco/

PRIDE WEEKEND:

Go to this site for more information about Pride events over the weekend: https://comeoutwithpride.com/events/

As more events get communicated & finalized we will add them here, so please check back again. We hope to see you in Orlando!

 

Orlando Travel/Accommodations

 Posted by on September 14, 2017  Away Travel  No Responses »
Sep 142017
 

Passing along this message from Denise Murray of Pride’s Crown in Orlando:

Great news! I have secured 20 rooms for the NWSL playoffs for October 13th and 14th at Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando downtown.

It is less than 1 mile to the Orlando City/Pride Stadium and is an all-suite hotel.

Address is  191 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801. We have 10 king rooms with pull-out sofa bed and 10 doubles with pull-out sofa bed.

Here is what we get:

1. Free made-to-order breakfast daily

2. Free cocktail reception nightly

3. Valet parking for fee

4. Free shuttle to and from the stadium

5. Free wifi

6. Gathering areas

Rooms are based on double occupancy and kids are free. Each additional adult in a room is $15 per person to cover cost of food and beverages. The hotel is beautiful and the staff is extremely helpful with a great view and pool overlooking the skyline.

Fine print:

  1. Rooms are nonrefundable but can be transferred
  2. Once you pay for your room you will get a confirmation in your name within 48 hours
  3. 2 night minimum required
  4. You’re responsible for valet fees and incidentals
  5. Have fun

To book a room, please PayPal poohmurrdog@aol.com and use Send as Friends and Family so there are no fees.

Then email me or put in notes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone number
  • Guests’ names in room
  • King or double room

PayPal Poohmurrdog@aol.com  $229/night x 2 = $458 + 12.5% tax = $515.25 total

Add $15 per adult for additional adults in room.

You may call or text as well with questions. 407-694-8744

I look forward to seeing everyone in October.

-Denise Murray

Aug 102017
 
Tickets are now on sale for our second trip to Seattle, on August 26. We will be stepping up our game to have 3 buses to support the Thorns: a Cider bus, Beer bus, and for the first time, an OVERNIGHT bus!
Since the Timbers are playing the Sounders at Century Link on Sunday, August 27th, this overnight bus will stay in Seattle Saturday night, journey to the match on Sunday, then back home with the rest of the Timbers Army buses Sunday night.
Now we just need you, your voice, and your passion for the Thorns (and Timbers)!
The Riveters have purchased Lower Grandstand tickets, just like last time. This means no hiking up to the furthest corner of the stadium. Normally, these tickets are $25 each, but with the group discount, they are $15 each. Here are the details for our group ticket order opportunities:
  • Thorns Match Ticket & Cider/Beer Bus combo – $50
  • Thorns + Timbers Ticket & Overnight Bus combo – $70
  • Thorns Match Ticket only – $15 – LOWER GRANDSTAND. You will need to pick up your ticket in Seattle when the bus gets there or the tickets will be left at Will Call.
You will select your bus at the time you purchase your tickets on the EventBrite site.
Links below to buy tickets/seats on the bus!
Match/Bus Combo:
Match Only:
 
All participants in our group agree to the 107ist Away Travel Code of Conduct.  Please review it here:
Rules for the buses:
    NO GLASS ALLOWED ON THE BUS. While we are allowed to bring food and drink (adult beverages are way okay), you are not allowed to have glass containers. Please plan accordingly.
    NO #2 ON THE BUS! The bathroom on the bus has a very small storage tank! We will be stopping at a rest stop about halfway through the drive (or about 90 minutes in).
General trip info:
There are no age restrictions in the Riveters or on our buses. If you’re a party of 1, coming with friends, or want to make it a trip for the whole family, please join us.
Memorial Stadium allows away supporters to have flags & two-sticks so long as it does not obstruct others’ view. We are awaiting a final decision on an exception to their noisemaker policy from the Reign front office – until we hear back, please plan on leaving noisemakers at home.
There is a Bag Policy that will be enforced at Memorial Stadium this year.  All bag styles and sizes are allowed but are subject to inspection upon entry. Fans will be asked to return prohibited item(s) to their vehicles or throw them away before they are allowed entry into the stadium.
At the last match, we were allowed to bring in sealed plastic water bottles. This is still an option, along with empty plastic water bottles that can be filled inside.
We will continue our policy of a capo-only front row in Memorial Stadium.
Bring food and drink for the bus. Keep glass at home. Clean up after yourself. Keep an eye on each other. We all want to have fun.  Be sure to bring some ca$h to tip our great bus drivers!
Your Riveters buses and captains are:
Cider Bus (2 Towns) – Nash Drake
Beer Bus (Lompoc) – Kelsey Miglioretto
Overnight Bus (Cider Riot!) – Patch Perryman
ITINERARY:
6:00-6:45 a.m. – NEW LOCATION! Load at 200 N Winning Way (Jack Ramsay Way), near the MODA Center (Rose Quarter). This is easily accessible by public transportation and has access for the large amount of buses.  We will return to the same location.  There is street parking in the area but be aware that much of it is metered in the immediate vicinity. There are also pay lots available in the area. http://findit.oregoncc.org/Parking%20Maps/Area%20Parking%20Map/AreaParking.pdf
7:00 a.m. – Depart Portland
10:45-11:00 a.m. – Arrive at Memorial Stadium
11:30 p.m. – Enter stadium
1:00 p.m. – Kick off
3:30 p.m. – Reboard Cider & Beer buses only, head back to Portland
6:45-7:00 p.m. – 2 buses arrive back in Portland
Please keep in mind, this itinerary may change and is not set in stone.
* Overnight bus remains in Seattle & will leave around  2:30pm from TBD on Sunday to meet TA buses at CenturyLink: 
3:00-3:30 p.m. – Arrive at CenturyLink Field
4:30 p.m. – Enter stadium
6:30 p.m. – Kick Off
9:00 p.m. – Reboard buses, head back to Portland
12:00 a.m. – arrive back in Portland
Please keep in mind itineraries may change and are not set in stone.
If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them in the comments on this post. Come join us in Seattle!
May 232017
 

Tickets are now on sale for our first trip to Seattle, on July 1. We will be stepping up our game to have buses to support the Thorns: a cider bus, beer bus, and for the first time, a juice bus! Now we just need you, your voice, and your passion for the Thorns!

Link below to buy tickets/seats on the bus!

https://timbersarmy.org/event-2543982

The Riveters have purchased Lower Grandstand tickets, just like last time. This means no hiking up to the furthest corner of the stadium. Normally, these tickets are $25 each, but with the group discount, they are $16 each. Here are the details for our group ticket order opportunities:

Ticket only – $16 – LOWER GRANDSTAND. You will need to pick up your ticket in Seattle when the bus gets there or the tickets will be left at Will Call.

Cider/Beer Bus only – $40 – you either have your own ticket or will be acquiring your own ticket. The Riveters will be in the LOWER GRANDSTAND, and those tickets are normally $25 per ticket.

Juice Box Bus only – $31 – you either have your own ticket or will be acquiring your own ticket. The Riveters will be in the LOWER GRANDSTAND, and those tickets are normally $25 per ticket.

Ticket & Cider/Beer Bus combo – $55

Ticket & Juice Box Bus combo – $47

You will select your bus at the time you purchase your tickets on the Wild Apricot site – this is different from how we’ve done it in the past.

All participants in our group agree to the 107ist Away Travel Code of Conduct for Riveters Away Travel. Please review it here:

http://rosecityriveters.org/what-is-the-107ist/107ist-away-travel-code-of-conduct/
Rules for the buses:

NO GLASS ALLOWED ON THE BUS. While we are allowed to bring food and drink (adult beverages are way okay), you are not allowed to have glass containers. Please plan accordingly.

NO #2 ON THE BUS! The bathroom on the bus has a very small storage tank! We will be stopping at a rest stop about halfway through the drive (or about 90 minutes in).

General trip info:

There are no age restrictions in the Riveters or on our buses. If you’re a party of 1, coming with friends, or want to make it a trip for the whole family, please join us.

Memorial Stadium allows away supporters to have flags & two-sticks so long as it does not obstruct others’ view and is not on poles. Please leave all noisemakers at home; those will not be allowed into Memorial Stadium.

There is a Bag Policy that will be enforced at Memorial Stadium this year. All bag styles and sizes are allowed but are subject to inspection upon entry. Fans will be asked to return prohibited item(s) to their vehicles or throw them away before they are allowed entry into the stadium.

At the last match, we were allowed to bring in sealed plastic water bottles. This is still an option, along with empty plastic water bottles that can be filled inside.  You may also bring in outside food.

Bring food and drink for the bus. Keep glass at home. Clean up after yourself. Keep an eye on each other. We all want to have fun.

Schedule for Saturday, July 1:

(PLEASE NOTE TIMES HAVE CHANGED)

1:30 pm – Bus departs from the Oregon Convention Center (NE Holladay St between NE 2nd and MLK)

5:30pm – Bus arrives at Memorial Stadium under the Space Needle. The Riveters will enter the stadium 6:00pm at the South entrance.

7:30 pm – Kickoff of match.

1:30 am – Bus arrives back at Oregon Convention Center to drop road warriors off.

If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them in the comments on this post. Come join us in Seattle!

Apr 242017
 

Please take a brief moment to respond to this one question poll about busses and Seattle Away this season.

Would You/Your Family Be Interested in an Alcohol-Free Bus (#3!) to Seattle?

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Travel Updates

 Posted by on April 20, 2017  Away Travel  No Responses »
Apr 202017
 

The travel page on rosecityriveters.org has been updated with information for many of the upcoming Away matches. Please refer to this before buying tickets. You’ll get the group pricing, and get to sit (stand, jump, clap, chant + root for the Girls in Red) with fellow Riveters! Also, please use the links there to navigate to specific forum topics. Find the topic for the match you’ll be attending, and post to RSVP and make arrangements with other traveling supporters! The forums are also a great place to ask questions and get recommendations.

The first Away match for the Thorns takes place THIS SATURDAY, 4/22 at Cary, NC with the newly named NC Courage. If you are going to be there to clap & cheer for our Thorns, please let your fellow traveling Riveters know by commenting on the NC Courage Forum topic here.

We’ll see you at Providence Park- or on the road!

Jul 262016
 

The 2016 NWSL Final will be in Houston, Texas at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, October 9th. We know most of the details, just not the teams.

Now, as a true Thorns supporter, I’m hoping that the Girls in Red make it back to the final this year. I think they have a fighting chance of it, especially if the Olympians come back right after the break. I’d really, really like it if that happened.

But I am also planning to go to the final no matter what, already having purchased plane tickets when Alaska Air had their vouchers at the Timbers game last month. (It would be sweet to get some sort of promo deal like that for a NWSL match, wouldn’t it?)

Anyway, if you are planning to go to the final and are at a bit of a loss about tickets, please let me provide some guidance.

When tickets went on sale a couple of weeks ago, I opened up an account with BBVA Compass and ordered 40+ tickets and got a great group rate. Not the most expensive tickets, but I have started purchasing seats in section 108, with the capacity to expand to section 109 if necessary. Tickets are $34 total, and I’m managing the group purchase. If you’re interested in sitting with fans who are there for the love of the game, keep reading and perhaps I can help you out. If the current price point isn’t in your budget, they have a few other options as wellthough, if you purchase tickets outside this group order, it may be more difficult to transfer your ticket to the Thorns supporters section (if there is one) in October.

Now, obviously, this purchase was made before knowing who will be playing, so, there is a big “IF” factor to take into account.

IF THE THORNS MAKE THE FINAL, the Riveters will work to secure more tickets in the Thorns supporters section and will sell them to our members. There will be a very short turnaround to plan the trip, but we will be able to purchase a block of tickets per my ticket rep. This section might be in the upper level, as ticket sales are doing okay right now. And that’s a good thing!

Anyone involved in my group order can and will be relocated to the Thorns supporters section, meaning we will get new tickets that will be for the supporters section for the Portland Thorns. In other words, section 108/109 is not a supporters section. This will be a normal, sit-and-watch-the-match section.

I can add more tickets to my group order as needed, so if you have read through this whole post and you would like to get in on my group order, please email me at gabby.rosas@gmail.com and we can get things going. In case it needs to be said, these are not Riveters official tickets. These are just tickets for folks who want to go to the final and sit with like-minded fans. If you are interested in some sort of hotel group rate, please let me know and I can work on getting that set up for folks. There are a lot of places to stay within walking distance of BBVA Compass Stadium.

If you would like to purchase your own tickets to the 2016 Final, please feel free to do so online (link above) or by calling Steve Bracale in the Houston Dash Ticket Office at 713.276.7531. He is the ticket rep I am working with for my group order.

If we change sections, I’ll change the tickets and take care of all of the hassle. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

**Fine print** If you do decide to go in on my group ticket order and then do not travel to Texas, please do not ask for a refund. I cannot get a refund on the tickets once purchased, but I can try to give you a list of folks who are looking for tickets, just like any other match. 

Jul 152016
 

Link to buy tickets/seats on the bus! Seattle Away 2 Poster - FINAL ADJUSTMENTS

Tickets are now on sale for our second trip to Seattle. We have 2 kegs secured (thanks 2 Towns Cider and Lompoc Brewing). We have 2 buses. Now we just need you, your voice, and your passion for the Thorns!

The Riveters have purchased 100 Lower Grandstand tickets, just like last time. This means no hiking up to the furthest corner of the stadium. Normally, these tickets are $25 each, but with the group discount, they are $15 each. Here are the details for our group ticket order opportunities:

Ticket only – $15 plus Eventbrite Fees – LOWER GRANDSTAND. You will need to pick up your ticket in Seattle when the bus gets there or the tickets will be left at Will Call.
Bus only – $29 plus Eventbrite Fees – you either have your own ticket or will be acquiring your own ticket. The Riveters will be in the LOWER GRANDSTAND, and those tickets are normally $25 per ticket.
Ticket & Bus combo – $44 plus Eventbrite fee
You will pick your bus while we wait to load up on travel day, so don’t worry about there not being an option here.
All participants in our group agree to the 107ist Away Travel Code of Conduct for Riveters Away Travel.
Rules for the buses:
  • NO GLASS ALLOWED ON THE BUS. While we are allowed to bring food and drink (adult beverages are way okay), you are not allowed to have glass containers. Please plan accordingly.
  • NO #2 ON THE BUS! The bathroom on the bus has a very small storage tank! We will be stopping at a rest stop about halfway through the drive (or about 90 minutes in).

 

General trip info:

  • There are no age restrictions in the Riveters or on our buses. If you’re a party of 1, coming with friends, or want to make it a trip for the whole family, please join us.
  • Memorial Stadium does not allow away supporters to have flags or two-sticks. Please leave all noisemakers at home; those will not be allowed into Memorial Stadium either.
  • At the last match, we were allowed to bring in sealed water bottles. We are checking with the stadium to see if that policy is still in effect.
  • Bring food and drink. Keep glass at home. Clean up after yourself. Keep an eye on each other. We all want to have fun.
Schedule for Saturday, August 27th – This is an early morning trip, so please keep that in mind!!
  • 8am – Bus departs from the Oregon Convention Center (NE Holladay St between NE 2nd and MLK)
  • 12pm – Bus arrives at Memorial Stadium under the Space Needle. The Riveters will be escorted into the stadium (and out after the match).
  • 2pm – Kickoff of match
  • 9pm – Bus arrives back at Oregon Convention Center to drop road warriors off

 

If you have any questions or concerns, we will be happy to address them in the comments on this post. Come join us in Seattle!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rose-city-riveters-seattle-away-2-tickets-26611325190

After an Away Day

 Posted by on May 16, 2016  Away Travel  1 Response »
May 162016
 

—By Kelsey Miglioretto

There’s always something in the air on the trip home. The game is played. Maybe we’ve won or lost. Whatever the result, you can feel it. It lingers around us as our emotions feed it and give it strength. The immediate joy or sorrow have been spent in the stadium. Perhaps carried over in celebrations at a bar in Rochester or in solemn heartbreak over BBQ in Kansas City.

Once the journey home begins, a tranquility descends. A collective exhaustion from the excitement of the day. Each retreats into their own world as our common passion and devotion keeps us together. Some sleep, others quietly converse; a few are simply silent, enjoying the rhythm of the ride home. Here I write. Thoughts flowing from the community around me. It’s in these moments I feel closest to my fellow supporters.

As much as I love singing in away stadiums, stealing points on the road, or celebrating in unfamiliar bars, sometimes it’s these tranquil moments that I appreciate the most. In a van in upstate New York, a hotel lobby in Boston, a bus southbound on I-5. Savoring the stillness in quiet camaraderie with those who root for the girls in red.

May 082016
 

—by Kelsey Miglioretto

 

It’s been over two weeks since the Thorns have graced the pitch at Providence Park and it will be two more until we see them there again. So, if you, like me, suffer from TSA (Thorns Separation Anxiety), you’ll be happy to know that the last game of this away trip is in that little fishing village up north. Since we already know that you want to go (even if you don’t think you do, trust me, you want to go) here’s some tips to make the best of the experience.

Get On The Bus:

It’s a decently long drive to Memorial Stadium. There will be traffic in Olympia and Tacoma, not to mention having to battle downtown traffic in Seattle itself. Spare yourself all this hassle by getting on one of the Riveters’ buses. All you have to do is show up at the meeting place and get on! We’ve even supplied a couple kegs (one of beer and one of cider) for your ride north. How else are you going to (legally and safely) show up to Memorial pre-gamed with a drink or two (or three) and ready to go for the match?

The Ride North:

Once you’re on the bus, there are a few tips to be learned from those who have done this before. First of all, make sure you check that the bathroom on the bus is functional before you start drinking. You don’t want to be two beers in before you realize that you actually have to wait until Centralia to use a restroom. Second, introduce yourself to those around you that you don’t know. The bus is a great place to get to know your fellow Riveters and make new friends. The bus is also a great place to write new chants. Let’s enter the stadium singing a brand new song to cheer on our Thorns. Lastly, it’s a tradition for first timers to bring a baked good for the author of travel blogs.

Memorial Stadium:

When it comes to food and beverage, expect the standard stadium fare. You won’t find the great choices that we have at Providence Park: no giant sandwiches, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, or rotating food carts. Many travelers choose to bring food and eat on the bus before the game. Be warned that there is limited alcohol in Memorial Stadium. The stadium itself has a no adult beverage policy, but the Reign have gotten permission to have a beer garden. If you consider adult beverages a key part of your game day experience, they will have to be consumed away from our section or before or after the match. This is where the kegs that we have on the buses come in handy. Also, if you anticipate needing to use the restroom at the stadium, I suggest you go early and wear closed-toed shoes. I personally have only used them once before a game, but stories have been shared of less than stellar conditions in the Memorial Stadium restrooms.

Hostile Territory:

In case you don’t already realize, we’ll be entering a stadium full of thousands of people rooting for the other team. We’re not going to be their favorite people. Some will let us know this. Some of them will do so loudly. It’s our job as visiting fans to let these incidents slide. You’re going to have to get used to people yelling things at you that you might not like. To prepare, I suggest you call that uncle with opposite political views from yours and asking them why they’ve chosen their preferred presidential candidate. If you, like me, don’t have their phone number, you can actually read the articles they post to Facebook. In addition, since we are guests in another team’s stadium, we should keep the language respectable. There’s no need to give one of Seattle’s supporters groups more reasons to flash that “Keep It Classy, Portland” sign at us.

Let’s Pretend We’ll Score A Goal:

The Thorns haven’t had the best of luck at Memorial. Over the past two years, we’ve been beaten there by a combined score of 8-0. While I’m always one to look on the bright side and hope for the best, there are also times when one needs to prepare for the worst. Personally, I’m going to be happy if we manage to score a goal. If we don’t, I’m hoping you’ll all join me in this chant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PpJBR_rQJk

In all seriousness, while I’m hoping for Seattle’s second loss at Memorial, there’s more to this trip than who comes away with three points. It’s about being with fellow supporters, having a great time, and cheering on our girls in red.