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Read Mumsnet users feedback on the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly event - 3x £100 vouchers to be won for feedback

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EllieMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Sep-18 13:26:38

This is the feedback thread for the MNers who attended the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly event on Saturday (8th September). The free family-friendly event was open to all Mumsnet users.

Here are some of the activities that took place at the event:
- On-stage entertainment, including an exclusive inner circle performance by The Vamps
- Family Tailgate area, including interactive NFL-themed games
- Appearances by NFL legends, including Q&A sessions and signings
- Kids’ Zone, including an NFL mini-pitch
- Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII triumph, at NFLUK Theatre
- NFL Shop, where fans can buy a wide range of merchandise from their favourite team

Attendees please answer the following questions:
- Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?
- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?

All attendees who leave feedback on the thread below will be entered into a prize draw where 3 MNers will win a £100 voucher of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck!
MNHQ

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Faithless12 Tue 11-Sep-18 13:39:55

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
DS didn’t really enjoy it, I did to an extent. I wish they didn’t show the whole of the last Super Bowl. Highlights would have been fine.
It doesn’t look like it was as big as previous years either.

Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
Not really. Well not for under 10’s possibly even teens. They did have a mini pitch but that was about it really for younger children.

How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
I don’t think it’s really changed it. We will continue to watch the Super Bowl. I hoped there would be more for DS to do as he loves watching it but isn’t really a sporty child.
How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
I’m not sure it has changed it either way.

* Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event? *
More things for children. Maybe events to throw a ball, learn how to kick a football (maybe not on Piccadilly). For the adults, information on the London Series of games. You don’t really see much about it unless you actively search and I only really knew passed on the event pass app we downloaded to take part in activities.
How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes? we didn’t queue for the meet and greets. We really struggled to see anything on the mini pitch it was causing a massive bottle neck as people were standing around it. The screening was ok but would have preferred to have the condensed game on and more happening on the stage. We did win Vamps tickets but had already left by the point we were told which was ten minutes before it started. It’d have been nicer to have had more warning.

WhirlwindHugs Tue 11-Sep-18 19:54:24

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?

Yes we did! My husband loves NFL anyway but the rest of us were willing to be convinced and had a great time.

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?

I thought it wasn't bad, in terms of free London events. Each activity often involved queueing for an hour which wasn't ideal but the QR codes probably helped reduce this from what it could have been.
My kids got accidentally knocked over by someone being a bit grabby at one point and the staff (and raiders fans nearby!) were really lovely and helped cheer them up.

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?

It was fun and probably did help promote the NFL amongst the SE of the UK but I'd have liked to see more of a tie in with the actual games. It would have been good to have the game screening nearer the rest of the activities.

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?

We like American sports because our experience of watching matches in the UK can be a bit dry without much for kids and restless people to do, whereas we have found watching American sports in America was better. Promoting the difference in the social fan experience side of the game made me more inclined to go and watch a game in the UK (although we tried to buy tickets yesterday and ticketmaster crashed then sold out more or less instantly)

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?

I think reducing queueing time needs to be an ongoing project.

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?

The QR code prize thing didn't seem to be working very well. Despite being their all day We missed one code and although it wasn't six yet the tech side seemed to be done and we couldn't get it (the staff were lovely though and sorted us out) I've seen stuff online about people getting prize alerts hours after the event had finished but their were definitely prizes left at the end. Seems a shame that it wasn't all given out one way or another.

A lot of the activities were great, especially the mini pitch and the Pepsi stand.

The subway ball pit was a bit mad, queuing an hour for 10 seconds of looking for a coloured ball. We did enjoy all the swag we came away with though! It was a nice touch to come away with t-shirts etc just for taking part in things.

We didn't go and do any of the signings etc because it would have been too much to queue again.

We liked the screens showing what was going on on the stage but we misunderstood the inner circle queue near the stage area (it was a long day for other reasons!) and didn't realise we could have gone in and watched the Vamps gig later on until it was over which was a shame.

groundcontroltomontydon Tue 11-Sep-18 21:42:37

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
It was worth a visit. I do like a bit of pageantry. The atmosphere was really positive and fun and the stewards were lovely.
Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
The mini-pitch did seem to be dominated by older kids and a lot of the 'photo ops' seemed to be aimed at very tall adults!
How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
It was a fun event but what with the cheerleaders and Just For Men stall I don't think I'm the target demographic!
How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
I'm old enough to remember when C4 first started showing NFL. The Piccadilly event has rekindled my interest.
Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?
The merchandise stall was so busy that you needed to arrive knowing exactly what you wanted, buy it and get out. I'd have liked to have been able to have a browse.
How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes
The mascots were great. I have lots of pics of Otto! Some of the queues were off-puttingly long. I downloaded the QR code but didn't do anything with it at the event.

tessica2 Wed 12-Sep-18 10:34:12

- Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?

It was a nice day out in London, we enjoy the hustle and bustle generally as we live in quite a quiet village so it is always quite exciting to go out

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?

It was fine for us as our child is still very young so enjoys the colours, noise etc and is happy to look at the things we showed her and still gets excited by big pictures and music. I was unsure what there would be to do if she was a bit bigger (i.e. young school age).

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?

I really like how they are expanding the events that are different to the games. Games are great but it is also nice to have a day out that isn't going to cost lots. Also games are more targetted at adults or older children so was great to be able to do something that both of us adults are interested in and take our child along (not have to find babysitter).

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?

It is the same, myself and my husband are big fans of the NFL. It is a great time of year for the event as the season is just starting. A few of my friends were interested in going and are considering starting to watch games on tv so this may have sparked their interest and shown how much fun and what a big event American Football is

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?

As with other such events it is always very busy. Im not sure if this is because events are infrequent or because they are just so popular. It meant lots of queues which we didn't bother with for most things. Not sure if this is because it is in a busy part of London so any tourists/passers by see and join in?

More activities for younger children would be great too

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?

On stage entertainment was good from what we heard but we could not see much. We did not do the meet and greet due to queues. The kid zone looked fab for bigger kids but not so much for smaller ones. We didn't visit the shop as I have visited them before and they do not often have a wide variety of womens/kids clothes and my husband already has what he wants (maybe i should have checked as this was my pre-expectation). The QR code was fun and easy to use.

Generally really great event and although lots of people so we didn't get to do everything I'm glad that these events come over to the UK so that we can see them. Thanks NFL! and Thanks Mumsnet for reminding us of the event-we had seen it before but then didn't really think of it so glad we went :-)

TheWizardofWas Wed 12-Sep-18 10:38:08

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
Yes, DC had fun - more fun than I thought they would - aided by some freebie Coke and the handing out of tattoo stickers. They enjoyed watching the ball being thrown around, the opportunity for photos, the big screens and the general hyped atmosphere. We know nothing about NFL, so it was an opportunity to earn and to talk about differences between UK and US football - which helps them to understand the US world they seem to live in online.

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
It was very laid back, with lots of friendly helpers. Queues were a little long - but that is to be expected. There was plenty to occupy us for a couple of hours - including the food stands at St james' which was a surprise and was a great delight to the DC.

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
I can see that they really want to build a UK fanbase and it was interesting to see who was already into it here. Makes me a little friendlier - I liked watching the matches and getting a feel for the rules.

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
It bring sit closer to me - I could now imagine watching a game or following some of the players.

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?
I couldnt get the QR thing to work, try as I might and didn't feel like asking staff members. Should have been better explained somewhere.

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?

Lots of fun things were clearly happening - we missed out on quite a bit because of QR, but it was fun enough for us.

DancingUnicorn Wed 12-Sep-18 11:03:15

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?

Yes, very much!

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?

We had tickets to various shows in the bafta theatre as part of the day. In advance, I was unsure if we would be able to take our 6 month old in. However we were pleasantly surprised. She was welcomed in, and the staff went out of their way to welcome us all and make sure the baby was happy. (Providing us aisle seats, letting us use speedy exits etc).

Overall, I’m not sure the event would be great for a child much older than her though. Lots of queues and not many options of things to do. There was certainly nothing for toddlers, so next year might be harder.

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?

Positive, however it was positive before!

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?

No impact, I’m still a big fan.

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?

There could have been a wider range of activities. I was sad to not see any of the games from the tailgate/previous events (the throwing/kicking games or the inflatable obstacle courses)

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?

My husband and I both ‘won’ a pair of nfl sunglasses. They were rubbish! If they’re going to offer prizes, it would be better to have less chance of winning but winning a decent prize. I can’t imagine anyone would want the plastic tat of sunglasses we won!!

We attended nfl live and the around the nfl podcast live in the theatre, which were both brilliant.

The food area was good, we had the brisket which was AMAZING. However we were lucky to to be vegetarian. There was only one veggie option, and no options at all for vegans.

Ultimately, the best part of the event was the ticketed part, and tickets (which were free) were limited and snapped up very quickly, so the people getting the biggest benefit were already big followers of the sport.

Faithless12 Wed 12-Sep-18 11:10:52

@dancing unicorn my DS loves his sunglasses. Small children love a bit of tat. A friend won a water bottle and another a card holder which were both reasonably nice.

Winningbeauty Wed 12-Sep-18 11:57:17

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?

Yes, I feel that it was a nice day out, very very busy but a good vibe, my son is still in the pram but seemed interested. It was loud though which is expected given the amount of people

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?

I don’t think it was suitable for an under 5, everything was either aimed at older kids or was too crowded to be safe

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?

I also went to the event two years ago and I like the buzz and the vibe, it definitely made me want to watch nfl so I think it’s great for improving the exposure of the sport in the uk

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?

Makes it a fun day out, nice to see the players too, I would watch a game because of attending this event

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?

There were long queues for anything that looked interesting for a child, perhaps having a greater offering or stalls, it was definitely bigger than two years ago though so I can see this has been improved upon

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?

We liked watching the stage, it’s nice to hear the interviews and see the build up.

We didn’t queue to meet and greet or enter the kids zones as I felt my child was too young

All in all this is a fun and cheap day out on a nice sunny day, afterwards we went for our usual Chinese in china town too so love that it’s central.

marmitericecakes Wed 12-Sep-18 14:58:30

My DH attended this event with our DS so I'm posting on his behalf.

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event? 
It’s a big yes! In fact it’s a bigger yes than I originally thought. I’m a fan of American Football and I try to catch NFL games when I can, so I was excited to go to the event. I dragged my nearly 7yr old boy along with me, prepping him by forcing him to watch NFL videos online so he knew what to expect. We heard the event before we could see it, so that really ramped up the anticipation. When we arrived the event was buzzing with excitement, with enough noise and atmosphere to keep us entertained for a couple of hours. There seemed to be lots of staff on hand to tell us about the activities on offer, and shout out to the young lady manning the merch stand rounding up event-goers with high-fives. 

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why? 
Yes I found it family-friendly. Several staff made my lad feel very special - they stopped to chat to him, gave him some stickers (always a winner) and one kind NFL person gave him an actual football, even giving him his choice of colour! The activities were obviously aimed at kiddies - we were encouraged to have a go at various pursuits, meet the mascots and have plenty of photo opportunities with personnel and cheerleaders (which Dad was pleased about).

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
Very positive. To see hordes of fans in football jerseys all in the same place felt very inclusive - like we’re all in on the secret and part of a movement. We get this game and we love it, that’s why we’re here. I’ve been to an NFL game in London and once in Miami (I’m a Dolphins fan) and I found the London experience way more exciting than the Miami one. Being able to experience the magic of the NFL in the UK is very special indeed, and the sooner we get a London franchise the better. Onwards and upwards for the NFL over here please.

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
I loved how special it felt that we were able to walk up and down Piccadilly, which obviously is normally a busy road. The event is right in the heart of the capital - you can’t get much more of an iconic location. However, in future years it might be better to move the location to perhaps Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford as there is a dedicated space for events such as this which is self-contained and safe (not that I saw any trouble). Holding the event in the former Olympic Park would give visitors an appointment to visit, rather than passing through the area, and an opportunity to make it even bigger and better.

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event? 
The queues to take part in the activities were consistently long, which is quite dull for the little ones, but as I say the general buzz and atmosphere were enough to speed up the clock. 

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?
Apologies for the short answer here but we didn’t see and do half of these things, but we enjoyed what we did see. The meet and greets were good for older kids but not little ‘uns, except for the mascots which were fun and welcoming. The NFL shop was busy and I would have been tempted to buy a jersey but they were sooooo expensive! £85 for a shirt! I guess that’s just market value. The screenings were kind of background noise - we didn’t pay much attention to them apart from when we were queuing for the NFL mini-pitch.

averythinline Thu 13-Sep-18 09:07:43

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
Yes- the staff were all friendly and it felt very safe
- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
It is very family firendly - although there was less 'doing' things this year than previously ...my ds 13 was too big really for the kids activity which has enjoued in previous years and was too young for the other activity ...so not much for young teens today
- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
glad teh season started and connected
- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
Always pulls us back in for the season.....

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?
more activities esp for teens/older kids

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?
there also seemed to be no rhyme/reason to teh event 'prizes' we got multiple card holders/phone holders whilst people collecting at same time were getting hats/jerseys etc and noone could explain why...DC upset that had got all stickers but yet another card holder...

The shop is also v expensive some lower cost articles may be good
nice they had stuff from a wider range of teams though...
the kids zone is good but for younger kids mainly...

Also to much cheerleaders and not enough sport! the signings etc in BAFTA dwe missed as it wsnt clear before you had to book...

like it in Piccadily as opposed to regent street as the contrast with the RA and all the posh shops... and Fortnums do great cake

LaGruffaloGrumble Thu 13-Sep-18 12:07:57

Attendees please answer the following questions:

- Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
It was a mixed bag. DH is a massive NFL fan (he's in a fantasy football league for it, goes to the London games, goes out for Superbowl etc) so he was giddy - DS aged 2 was in a buggy and loved watching the spectacle... DD aged 4 was bored and a bit overwhelmed by the queues TBH.

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
Without doubt everyone working the event we met was family friendly (and the guy who gave DD a pair of sunglasses when she was having a meltdown when she saw the mascot pretty much saved the day for her!) but we felt there wasn't much for toddler/young school age kids compared to some of the older ones unfortunately.

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
It hasn't changed our feelings - but we're an NFL family so you were preaching to the choir on that score!

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
It didn't really affect it much. We made a special visit into London to come to it, but if we hadn't known it was happening I don't think we'd have missed out and it wouldn't have affected our interest levels in the start of the season.
- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?
I know it's hard to manage (and maybe we were just unlucky with the time of day we were there) but the queues caused a lot of bottlenecks so getting around to see everything was at points really tough.

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?
We didn't really get to queue up for much of this (although DH was excited to see some familiar faces at relatively close quarters). We did meet Otto (DS was thrilled, DD less so!) and the food stalls were a massive hit - agree totally with the previous poster about the brisket. I was a bit gutted I wasn't able to get a proper look at the NFL shop, was hoping to pick up some unusual bits for DH for Christmas stocking etc but it was heaving and very hard to get in.

That said, as most of my feedback is about how busy everything was it feels kind of churlish to complain - very happy to see so much interest in NFL in the UK, long may it continue!

Amaksy Thu 13-Sep-18 22:35:41

- Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
I attended the event with my 3yo son and we did a fair bit of walking. Managed to get a free Pepsi (didn't give to my son as wasn't appropriate). very evident who the sponsors were as they were all over the tents and banners. Great weather so the open space and outdoor activity made sense and a few activities to keep busy but a map of events handed out on the day would've been more ideal. Enjoyed it as a day out, ended the day in Green Park as it was a walking distance. Road closure was ideal as minimal disruption to the day. Very accessible and great pictures taken. My son didn't know any better so it was up to me to make the most of it. Didn't queue for the activities as the queues seemed very long and didn't think we'd have the patience to wait but the giveaways were great - free tshirt and videos too.

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
I thought it was family friendly but for those with older children as most of the running around and jumping around would've been more ideal for the older kids maybe over 7. Parents/ grown adults are okay with anything. The queues were quite long and no preference/ priority system which would've been suitable for those who cannot wait for long.

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
Its something that looked interesting but I'm not really a sports fan or individual so might be something I get my son into but unsure about myself. They seem to take things like their mascots and facial tattoos in support really serious and I'm not sure I can get that intense. It has a great following in the UK though as some were in line to see the Hall of Fame at the Bafta house.

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
I haven't really had any interest in NFL but this sort of picked my interest and made me have a look online at some websites. I enjoy the tv show Ballers and thats about American Football so it was good to see this live in mini Action.

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?
The queuing system

- How did you find the activities?
Great range of activities and fairly active, good spots for picture taking and some great giveaways

Coffeemummy123 Sat 15-Sep-18 02:48:57

Q) Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?

A) Yes.

Q) Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?

A) Yes, to a point as not much was aimed at younger kids.

Q) How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?

A) It makes it feel huge. Shutting down the Circus - epic!

Q) How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?

A) It turned me on to it. I love sports but never took the NFL seriously as football seemed so foreign i.e. pom poms, too exclusively American.

Q) And Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?

A) Lots of improvements to be made but it would mean holding this event in a confined space like a park or building e.g. The Excel. It was confusing as there was a make shift entrance/exit but no clear instructions as it was open planned. The attractions got real busy and the fact The Vamps were an undercover random lottery show - big mistake. There wasn't enough activities for the young and most staff were not very friendly and enthusiastic. The winning of prizes by text was a flop. I received notification of prizes way after the event. There should have been an option to post winnings.

Q) How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?

A) Activities were good but not executed well. There was a lot not aimed at kids and there should have been seating to watch the match. Face painting was a good idea but understandably busy. We did not get a chance to view the exhibition or play anything except QR and photo opportunities. On paper the event sold well but in reality there was too much queuing and age inappropriate activities. Great discounts could have been offered to ticketed attendees! Never mind. You did stop traffic!!!

ronswansonstache Sun 16-Sep-18 22:21:47

- Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
Yes - felt there was plenty to do for a couple of hours.
- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
Yes - I attended with DP (no children), but the whole event seemed very family friendly although some of the kids activities such as the mini pitch seemed to have long queues.
- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
Much more interested. DP is a huge fan but I know little about it. The event made it seem much more than just a sporting event.
- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
Increased my interest- would attend a London based game next year if I get the opportunity!
- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?
The food offer was very disappointing! The US does great street food & I found the range of food stalls very lacklustre. I didn't even get bright orange liquid cheese on my Philly cheese steak.
- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes? Enjoyed the cheerleaders/ street music bands/ collecting badges/ seeing the mascots/ just enjoying the atmosphere. Am an NFL newbie so the legends didn't mean much to me. Overall I really enjoyed the event and would go again next year.

SueVide Sun 23-Sep-18 00:07:07

Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?

Yes it was a nice free family event.

- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?

Yes. The staff were v family friendly and we got some fun toys like pom poms and foam fingers to take home.

- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?

DS and DH are fans but the event did get me excited about the season and the booklet had a good guide to the game which explained the rules so now I finally get what's going on!

- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?

As above. I'm a bit better informed and excited about the season.

- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?

The queues were v long esp. for kids activities and the stamp collection app wasn't well explained.

- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?

We did the goal celebration game which was fun but didn't really get that some things needed to be prebooked like the meet and greets until too late and gave up on queuing for too many activities.

Awoof Fri 28-Sep-18 20:39:49

- Overall did you and/or your family enjoy the event?
We loved it! Took 10 year old nephew and 5 year old dd.
- Do you feel that the event was family friendly? If so why?
Very much so, despite the crowds there were plenty of things to do as well as areas to take a seat and eat/adequate toilets etc. It didn't feel like a massive crush of people like some sporting events do.
- How does your experience at the event today make you feel about the NFL in the UK?
Positively, we are definitely attending a few matches in 2019, for dnephews birthday 😁
- How does having the NFL Kickoff on Piccadilly impact, if at all, on your interest in the NFL?
It was nice to incorporate it into our visit to London, hopefully the sport makes it over to the north and Wales a bit more for the more northern fans!
- Was there anything you felt could have been improved at the event?
5 year old dd had less to do than my nephew, perhaps more games and facilities for little ones.
- How did you find the activities such as: On-stage entertainment, including the concert, Meet and greets with NFL Legends, signing sessions, Screenings of the new America’s Game, featuring the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory, Kids’ Zone, with NFL mini-pitch and NFL mascots, NFL Shop and the chances to win prizes?
The food was a great activity to us! We had brisket and Philly cheesesteaks that were a fab treat, plus photos with the mascots and a play on the mini pitch. Unfortunately we missed the concerts main part - the kids got a bit fidgety waiting for the acts.
Loved the shop, great to get the merchandise knowing it was official. Have put some bits away for nephews Xmas presents 😊

tessica2 Thu 11-Oct-18 11:21:49

Hoya when does this end? Who were the lucky winners x

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