Feeding Both Beasts

For as long as I've been a drum corps fan, I've thought about making the trip to Allentown for the DCI Eastern Classic. Spread over two days, this event is typically one of the last major events of the season, save for World Championships. I've heard the fans, the stadium, and the show are great, and in eastern PA, it's on my home stomping grounds. Now I've got one more reason to head up there.

I don't know how I hadn't put two and two together before, but J. Birney Crum stadium is a mere 6.5 miles from Lehigh University in nearby Bethlehem. You know what takes place there in August? Philadelphia Eagles training camp! This means that one could conceivably head to Eagles camp, head out, set up to tailgate for DCI (and I've heard the tailgate lot is in a great location to catch lot warmups), head to the show, get up the next morning, and do it all over again. What's more, with this year's schedule, I could have rounded out the weekend skipping over to New Jersey for the Tour of Champions event at the Meadowlands. Add to that the proximity to family, potential side excursions to Dorney Park, Philly, or New York, and the fact that I work in higher ed so this could provide a great near-endcap to my summer, and this is a must-do at some point in the future.