Preseason Tailgate 2016

Kickoff week is a busy time! It's been so busy I haven't had a chance to post about the preseason tailgate until now. If you managed to go, I hope you enjoyed it like I did.

This year's event was held at the old Cheyenne Saloon on Church Street. Phil Rawlins, Adrian Heath, and several players were in attendance, along with a few hundred excited Orlando City fans. I saw a number of friends from last year, such as Carlos from Section 146, and I met a few new friends as well.

The hosts for the night were Jack Bradshaw from the Philips Phile and Joe Kepner from WFTV Sports. I had a chance to meet Jack, Joe, and also Christian Bruey from Channel 9. The TV team elaborated a bit on the coverage they will have for Orlando City this year. In year two, televised matches will include a weekly pregame and postgame show (30 minutes each) as well as a weekly update show. For the first week, there will be a kickoff special on Friday night (March 4) at 6:30 pm.

There were games, free food and drinks, and some brief speeches by Phil and Inchy, and there was a short Q&A with fans getting to ask questions of the players and club leadership. But the highlight was getting to chat with some of the players individually. I had met several of them last season at the preseason tailgate event, Orlando City Foundation events, and at other appearances during the year. But some I had not yet met, and that was a treat. I'm putting up some from the night in the gallery.

What Kickoff Week events are you attending? Are you stoked for Sunday yet?