INGLEWOOD, Calif. — For some, seeing is believing – and that rings true for best friends and Rams season ticket members, Oscar Singer and Rameil Babenejad.
What You Need To Know
- Oscar Singer and Rameil Babenejad are Rams season ticket holders
- They were able to visit SoFi Stadium as part of the team's postseason celebrations
- The team invited about 500 season ticket members and guests on site to shop exclusive playoff gear at the team store and get a peek inside the stadium bowl
- The Rams will also be offering season ticket members a Second Screen Experience
For the first time all year, they were able to see SoFi Stadium in all its glory — up close and in-person. The sneak peek was exactly what the two needed to get ready for the postseason.
"Saturday the Rams play," Singer said. "They’re going to beat the Seahawks and we wanted to make sure we were part of that energy right before the playoffs start.”
While teams in 18 NFL cities have had a limited number of fans in the stands this past year, Los Angeles has not been one of them. It was a rough year for fans like Singer who watched and waited from the outside.
“That was tough. That was sad and the whole year has been tough," he explained. "You don’t get the home field advantage; you’re not out here with your family and friends tailgating.”
This week, however, he and his son Champ got as close to the action as they could be thanks to the Rams. The team invited about 500 season ticket members and guests on site to shop exclusive playoff gear at the team store and get a peek inside the stadium bowl.
Dan August, the Rams' vice president of ticketing and strategy, said it was a way they could interact and engage fans in a safe way, a means to connect with them during the playoffs.
“It’s all making the experience as good as we can during this time," August said. "The idea we can bring them to this physical place and see what they’ve put their money and energy towards is great.”
In what has been a relatively quiet season at SoFi Stadium, energy filled the air on Thursday. It is what brought Babanejad and Singer out in the first place, and it did not disappoint.
“Just being here with the postseason being so close and being around all this amazing Rams gear is like fantasy land," Babanejad said. "It’s surreal. To be here and see the stadium, it takes your breath away.”
It is not the only way the Rams have been looking to connect with fans. Through the playoffs, the team has also launched a Rams Pick'em Competition, allowing fans to try and predict various in-game outcomes to win prizes.
They will also be offering season ticket members a Second Screen Experience, with opportunities to connect to other fans during the playoff games and win prizes of their own.
While it is not the same as being there in person, it is something — creating hope that their future inside the stadium and cheering on their team is not too far away.