Santa Clara, Levi’s Stadium – The game, well it was depressing to watch to say the least but as fans that is out of our hands. We don’t stop having a great time no matter what. On Thursday Empire Row happened to be set up right next to the “Thursday Night Football Bus”. They captured a majority of the pre-game footage right there inside Empire Row. As usual we welcomed and hosted our 49er family who traveled in from out of town!
Among them where Braxton Gaskins and his son Logan of “Hampton Roads Chapter” who traveled to California for the first time ever on their dream trip to see their favorite team play. They were right at home at Empire Row. He even had his with his wife calling him from home in Virginia saying I see you guys on TV.
Laura Reis brought her dad Darren, a life long 49er fan from Glasgow, Scotland who never dreamed he would one day make it to San Francisco let alone to see a 49ers game.
In September of 2014, Laura had reached out to The Niner Empire Organization and told us she wanted to surprise her dad for who was a lifelong Diehard. Her idea was she wanted to tell him on Christmas day that she would be taking him to San Francisco during the 2015 season to watch his favorite team play. TNE went to work and put together a video with the help of chapters around the world to help Laura surprise her dad. Here’s the video of Darren on Xmas day as he watched the video.
And Thursday was the day they finally realized the game day experience starting at Empire Row. Pictured below are Laura Reis in the center and dad Darren Reis next to her in representing in his kilt.
Laura told us her dad was in tears in the hotel room before heading out to meet us at the game and what a surreal experience the entire thing was. Darren said after all these years of sitting alone and watching the game on TV with no one around you getting it, it was incredible to be surrounded by nothing but faithful around him.
Among other out town guests were the founder of the newly established Vancouver, WA Chapter of The Niner Empire, Brandon Mackey along with his wife. This couple from Alberta, Canada who said it was their first time ever and made it clear they were definitely not Seahawk fans.
One Team, One Love, One Family
Represent with Class!
A few additional picts of NFL Networks coverage of the pregame show next to Empire Row
Forty Niner Mark and West LA Chapter President Ed Umall made it on NFL Network