We love us some football here at Jesse Brown’s. And there’s no better time to be a football fan than with bowl season and the NFL playoffs jockeying for room on the must-see list. But just because nearly anything goes when you’re watching at home, we’re here to let you know that there are more than a couple of rules if you’re going to make a personal appearance for the upcoming playoff game between the Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals. And that means some of the sweet gear and goods you’ve picked up here at Jesse Brown’s will not be allowed past the parking lot gates. That means that YETI Cooler stays at the tailgate party, friends. Your Patagonia backpack or KAVU over-the-shoulder bag? Nope. And check your pockets, fellas. Wouldn’t want that fine, new Benchmade knife to end up in a barrel outside the stadium entrance.
OK, OK, you’re probably saying, but what does all that mean for those of us headed for the game this Saturday, when the forecast is calling for 90% chance of rain? No umbrellas. Yep, umbrellas are forbidden because they inhibit the views of other attendees. Imagine if the Panther Stadium capacity, 73,778 people, all took their umbrellas. Well, they’d all be dry, that’s for sure. So here’s how to make sure you’re soaking up the excitement and NOT the raindrops.
Looks like our Super Cell GORE-TEX rain jacket just elevated on the “importance” scale. These lightweight, waterproof, breathe-able garments are made for watching a football game in dry comfort; while still allowing you to have both hands to hold your drink and hot dog. Of course, we have more options in our playbook, too! Jesse Brown’s also has the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket for both men and women, and The North Face Venture Jacket that also covers guys and gals. And if you really want to class up the joint, the Barbour Bedale outerwear piece elevates the look & style for everyone. Be sure that you get the optional hood or hat, or zip in liner!
The next few weeks are going to be jam-packed with opportunities to be outside. We sure hope the Carolina Panthers are one of those reasons! Remember, there’s no bad weather; just poorly chosen clothing. And if you’re one of our friends headed for Saturday’s game, remember: no fireworks, whistles or footballs in the stadium! No, seriously. They’re on the list. For a complete list of the items not allowed into the stadium, click here.
Bill Bartee, owner Jesse Brown’s, Inc. Charlotte-based outfitter & co-host of News Talk 1110 WBT AM/99.3 FM, Carolina Outdoors radio program.