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By Kent Oszmanski, VP Sales, Rhino
Saturday - I walked around the entire stadium, which was fully staffed at every food and beverage vendor point. AT&T Park was prepared for a sellout crowd.
I donned my USA 7s Lincoln blazer, drawing many favorable glances. I honored all photo requests.
My Prime Sport hospitality package proved pricy but the cost was worth it to sit in peace and quiet and watch some British Open golf. It was relaxing to enjoy adult beverages in a comfortable atmosphere.
The NBC cameraman rode on a Segway to keep up with the matches' fast pace. Capgemini Consulting was omnipresent enjoying their World Rugby sponsorship activation.
I had my picture taken for social media with Instagram box outline. The Tudor sponsorship received activation on JumboTron with a countdown clock before every match kickoff.
In the afternoon, I moved to Club level and sat with an old friend whose kids play rugby. The stadium filled by 3 p.m. and had the feel of Yankees/Red Sox playoff game. It seemed there were more Fijian’s here than in Fiji.
Sunday - Plastic bugles appeared along with a DJ playing the Rocky movie theme. I thought the baseball stadium was fine for a rugby match with good views from even the lower priced seats had clear sight lines to watch the on field attacks.
My original tickets were in section 311 on the 5th floor (nose bleed). The Lincoln blazer allowed me to move to prime seating areas without VIP credentials.
A stadium official told me that the weekend rugby crowds were similar to when the SF Giants won the World Series only more enthusiastic.
I was disappointed after the USA Men lost to Argentina. I moved to watch the final from the Tap Bar and Grill on 3rd street. I drowned my patriotic sorrow in a tall glass of suds.
On the flight back to Manhattan, I read that Francesco Molinari, winner of the British Open, employed the same conditioning coach as rugby greats Jonny Wilkinson and Rob Andrews.