On Sunday, Oct. 23, a dream came true as I traveled to Cincinnati in my Quantum Power Wheelchair to watch my beloved Bengals play. The contest pitted the Bengals (3-3) against the Falcons (3-3) inside Paycor Stadium.
Navigating the Stadium in My Quantum Power Wheelchair
Entering the stadium was an adventure. I ran into old friends and had a dance battle with a clown (yes, you heard that right). Waiting at the gate ramped up the excitement as the rowdy Bengals fans chanted the team’s “Who Dey” catchphrase. The floodgates opened, and the fans poured into the stadium, ready to cheer the team on to victory.
Once inside, I went straight to the opening to look out at the playing field lined with orange and black. The moment was emotional, and it felt like it was a coming of the age moment for me. After gapping wide-eyed at the field of play, I strolled to the team shop to buy a jersey. Being elevated at iLevel in my power wheelchair helped me beat the crowd and obtain the prize of a Joe Burrow jersey. The next objective was finding our seats which overlooked the stadium. It was a great view of the city skyline as well. We enjoyed our food before the opening whistle.
Watching the Game
On the game’s first drive, Joe Burrow found wide receiver Tyler Boyd for the score. It seemed that was all she wrote for the Falcons. Burrow went on to throw for 481 yards and three touchdowns, finishing off the Falcons. It was a dream to see my team dominate to the tune of a 35-17 win.
Meeting the Players
Before leaving the stadium, I ran into the team’s owner, Mike Brown, and talked with him about the game. It was an incredible experience to hear from the man running the place. We waited near the entrance to see the players leave, and I met Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier. He took time out of his schedule to talk with me and made me a fan of his. The rest of the time spent in the city was filled with a victory meal and an early bedtime before heading back to North Carolina the next day. It was an adventure I will never forget, and I am indebted to those who made it happen. Who Dey!
About Bryson Foster: Bryson lives in North Carolina. He advocates and raises funds for the development of treatments for muscular dystrophy. He loves sports and cheers for his favorite basketball team, the North Carolina Tar Heels. Click here to learn more about Bryson.
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