Amanda Blagg

Outside the Tines with Amanda


Y’all ready for some PAC-12 vs. SEC football?

This girl has her boots & Sun Devil gear packed for a Labor Day weekend to remember, Houston-style. If you’re anything like me, you can’t resist an occasion combining ASU football and the exploration of a strange city (and, of course, the opportunity to wear cowboy boots and throw back some cold drinks with fellow Sun Devils).

For those headed to the game or any of the other ASU festivities, if you happen to see me, the Sun Devil girl in gold and cowboy boots, drinking a beer, make sure to say hello. In fact, I urge you to say hi to all girls dressed in ASU gear in Houston because, I can assure you, we are all very friendly and fun! Another ASU lady you may run into on the Houston trip is Aiyana Carpenter,  2000 graduate and the current president of the Houston ASU Alumni Chapter. “We are all very excited about having the team and Sun Devil Nation come to town,” Carpenter said about the big game in Houston.ASUAA Houston Alumni Chapter

This weekend’s Sun Devil events:

Friday Night Inferno: September 4 at Little Woodrow’s Midtown location at 7:00pm

Don your gold attire and join the ASU Alumni Houston Chapter for local food trucks and drink specials. The event is free to attend.

Little Woodrow’s
2306 Brazos Street
Houston, TX 77006

Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate presented by NRG 2:30-5:30pm at Houston Texans Methodist Training Center

Sparky’s Touchdown tailgates never disappoint and this year’s festivities before the Sun Devils take on the Aggies is no exception. Bring the whole family and enjoy Texas-style eats, music, a hosted bar, a sea of maroon & gold and, of course, the main man, Sparky. Attendees will also receive the official rally gift item.
“The Practice Bubble” (West of Kirby Drive)
NRG Stadium, Two NRG Park
Houston, TX 77054
Admission for Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate (Walk up entry available at a higher price if event is not sold out):

$80 – Tailgate Tickets – ASU Alumni Association and Sun Devil Club members
$100 – Tailgate Tickets – Non-members
$50 – Current ASU Students (with valid ASU ID)
$30 – Tailgate Tickets – Under 21 years old. Children 5 and under are free.

Texas TailG8 License PlateThe game, officially referred to as the 2015 Advocare Texas Kickoff is September 5 at NRG Stadium at 6:00pm Houston time.

Carpenter and the other Houston Alumni chapter members have put great efforts into getting Houston ready for Sun Devil Nation. “I think we expect to show people that Houston is a pretty great city. We want people to say they had a great time. We’ve put a lot into making it fun with lots of choices for activities,  how to get around and dining suggestions,” Carpenter commented, “I’m looking forward to seeing all the planning we’ve done pay off.”

Although the weekend will be centered around football, there are some cool places worth checking out in Houston.

The Houston Museum District

Just southwest of downtown sits the pedestrian-friendly Museum District with 19 cultural institutions including one of the largest art museums in the U.S., the highly acclaimed Houston Museum of Natural Science, a vault containing the largest emerald ever recorded in North America and Houston’s first and only 4D theater.

Amazing Houston Comic Con 2015

Thousands of comic book fans will descend upon Houston Labor Day weekend for the second annual convention. The event will take place at George R. Brown Convention Center Sept. 4-6, and will feature a show floor packed with more than 100 exhibitors, an exciting artist alley with more than 200 artists, and autograph sessions, which will give fans access to some of their favorite comic book creators. Weekend passes are $60, Saturday passes are $35, and Friday- or Sunday-only passes are $25. VIP tickets range from $150-$200.

Houston Astros

Take me out to the ball game. If you’re a baseball fan and want to take in a game at Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros are taking on the Minnesota Twins Friday night, September 4 at 7:10pm and Sunday afternoon, September 6 at 1:10pm

The Galleria Shopping District

For the shoppers at heart, although, we have arguably some of the best shopping in the world in Scottsdale, the Houston Galleria definitely brings a good mall game.

More than 30 million visitors each year seek the dynamic & fine shopping environment offered by The Galleria, Texas’ largest shopping center and fourth largest domain nationally. Spanning 2.4 million square feet of space, housing 400 fine stores and restaurants, two high-rise hotels, and three office towers, The Galleria is Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination, meeting every style and taste. A plethora of amenities, including a full-size ice rink for recreational skating, children’s play area, and two swimming pools, serve a wide range of shopper delights.

Planning on partying Sun Devil style and in need of transportation?

If you are traveling to Houston and you haven’t tried UBER before, there is an ASU specific new user discount code.  If you sign up with UBER for the weekend, please use code ASUHOUSTON.

Another option is the wave. It’s a party bus that will pick you up from your location and take you where you need to go.  One way is $8 or you can use the unlimited rides option for the night, which is $15.  The buses are a lot of fun, you can drink on them and they have music etc.  Good for group travel or if you want to save some money.    You will see the the wave buses driving around the Friday Night Inferno going to and from the Westin, which is the Alumni Hotel.

If you’re making the road trip this weekend, be sure to pack your gold. Sun Devil fans are asked to don their ASU gold attire all weekend long, but especially for the game Saturday night. As my husband, Marc, also an ASU alum says, “Unless you’re otherwise told, always wear gold.”
Texas in late summer can be quite humid, so Phoenix desert dwellers, be prepared for sweat. With an expected forecast of lows around 70 to highs around 90, it should be a great weekend to spend time outside. We can’t yet say if the sunny forecast will hold true, there is a 100% chance of gold flooding in Houston for Labor Day 2015.

About Amanda Blagg

Amanda Blagg

Amanda is a 2002 Arizona State graduate. When she began at ASU in 1998, so began her love of Sun Devil football. She and her husband, also an ASU alum, have had football season tickets since then and travel to road games every season. They are currently raising two little Sun Devils. Her eight year old son was born a Devil; he began singing the fight song before bed when he was two. Some of her son's happiest moments have been on the field at the spring games; when Coach Graham tweeted a photo of him and when he got to meet Coach Graham at the Utah game in 2013. The Sun Devil Pride & Passion runs deeply in the Blagg family and Amanda strives to share her passion with you in Outside the Tines.

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