PHOTOS: Danica Patrick’s Chicago visitCHICAGO — Leading up to the Chicagoland race and the start of the playoffs, Aspen Dental — the official dentist of NASCAR — got fans into the race spirit a little early. And at the same time, reminded them in a fun way that it’s never too late to get started in breaking down the barriers that keep them from going to the dentist.Aspen Dental built a pop-up go kart track in the heart of downtown Chicago so fans could fill their need for speed while knocking down symbolic obstacles to dental care like Judgment, Fear and Discomfort.Danica Patrick was on hand offering tips to racers, giving a play-by-play of the action and talking to attendees about why a healthy mouth matters.The event was the latest activity in Aspen Dental’s Get Started program, launched at the start of the 2017 season to encourage fans in unexpected ways to get started or restarted on their own personal road to better care, better smile sand better lives.Check out our video to get in on the fun!
The game is a complete sell-out with 26,399 supporters flocking to BS3 for the highly-anticipated West Country derby. The attendance is a new stadium record for a sporting event.Here’s your easy guide for what to expect if you’re heading to the stadium:ORDER OF EVENTS9:00am – Coffee Shop & Bristol Sport store open3:00pm – Sports Bar open3:00pm – Fan Village open6:00pm – Turnstiles open and big screen entertainment begins6.30pm – Meet players in the Ashton Gate store7:30pm – Team announcements7:45pm – Kick-offTICKETSThe match has now sold out. We are expecting a very busy matchday and urge supporters to get to Ashton Gate Stadium as early as possible.PROGRAMMESBristol Bears interactive matchday programmes, which can be activated using the official club app, are available from each of the concession stands inside the stadium as well as:Fans Village opposite the ticket officeAshton Road main entrance (Lansdown)Ashton Road main entrance (Dolman)South StandLansdown concoursesGallagher Premiership rugby referee radios will be available from the Bristol Sport Store.FOOD & DRINKSupporters can enjoy a revamped matchday experience at Ashton Gate this season, with a number of new additions to the stadium’s offering.Inside the Ashton Gate Stadium concourses, we recently announced that The Jolly Hog has opened a concession, as well as a new Mexican kiosk opening and Chicago Town Pizza being served in the Lansdown concourse.For those fans who are planning on getting to the Stadium early, make the most of our £4 pint offering between 6.15pm-7.15pm. Get to the Stadium early and experience our new offerings.The reusable cups will also be on sale throughout the concourse bars and two-pinters are also available to buy, with collection points dotted around the stadium following the match.FAN VILLAGEThe external matchday Fan Village will have a new and improved food and beverage offering which includes Fish & Chips, Burgers and Spanish cuisine from Los Hermanos as well as including a new bar, Boots and Balls, which is fitted with a new state of the art speed pour system.The Fan Village will be in operation from 3pm, with a host of food and drink on offer, with the drinks concessions offering a fully cashless option.Supporters are urged to take their seats in advance of kick off. Toilets for the fan village are situated in the South Stand.HALF-TIMEThe Community Department have a bucket collection around the stadium on the night, whilst supporters are advised that the Fan Village will remain open at half-time for food and drink purchases.CLUBHOUSE AND NEWLY BRANDED SPORTS BARThe clubhouse and newly branded sports bar will be open for supporters after full-time, with live music and Q&As with players and coaches.GETTING HERESupporters are urged to get here early due to the volume of fans attending the match on Friday night. There are a selection of new and improved bus services on Friday, including a special route from Temple Meads, which can be viewed here.MATCH SPONSOR – Titcombe Bespoke Jewellery
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens will welcome several players back to action on Sunday from season-ending injuries suffered last year, but no one’s return appeared as improbable as that of Dennis Pitta.Having suffered a second dislocation and fracture of his right hip on Sept. 21, 2014 in Cleveland, the tight end’s career appeared to be over. But after two long years of rigorous rehabilitation and difficult decision-making, the 31-year-old will take the field against Buffalo for only his eighth game since Super Bowl XLVII.Even the stoic Pitta anticipates some emotion as he takes the field at M&T Bank Stadium.“I’m sure it will be,” Pitta said. “There was definitely a point in all of this that I had to accept the fact that I probably wouldn’t run out of that tunnel ever again. Being able to do that this Sunday will be emotional but very exciting for me.”It was a strange summer for Pitta, who broke a finger in a camp scuffle with rookie linebacker Kamalei Correa on Aug. 1 and missed more than a month of action. The 2010 fourth-round pick looked good in spring practices and over the first few days of training camp, but it remains how unclear just how extensively offensive coordinator Marc Trestman plans to use him in the offense.A strong rapport with close friend and quarterback Joe Flacco should minimize the challenge of Pitta’s extended training camp absence, but head coach John Harbaugh expressed disappointment late last month about the veteran missing valuable reps to regain his timing.Pitta was listed as questionable on the final injury report of the week, but he was a full participant in practices this week.“I’m feeling pretty fresh, actually. I’ve been through training camp a lot,” said Pitta, who returned to practice on Sept. 3. “Obviously, it’s tough to miss that amount of time, especially when I haven’t played in a while. I’ve gotten a week or so under my belt and I feel comfortable with everything that I’m doing. I feel good with where I’m at.”Considering the nature of his second hip dislocation and fracture on an innocuous non-contact play in which he caught a short pass and collapsed simply trying to turn up the field, everyone will be holding their breath as Pitta admitted his wife, Mataya, and his parents remain nervous about him playing again.Even a few weeks ago, his potential return was still considered more of a bonus with so much depth at the position, but veteran Benjamin Watson suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on Aug. 27 and young tight ends Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams have also dealt with ailments in their brief careers, creating more of an interest in Pitta’s presence. Flacco and the Baltimore passing game would certainly welcome his ability to work the middle portion of the field once again.It’s quite a change from the general tone of much of the last two years.Was there a particular moment that stood out along the way when Pitta thought his career was over?“I think the second time I dislocated my hip was one of those instances where I thought, ‘Man, I don’t think I’ll be back out there,’” said Pitta, smiling and proving he still has his dry sense of humor. “For a long time after, I didn’t know how I would recover having done that twice. I didn’t know even if I would get to the point where I felt good enough to play again. It took a long time. Fortunately, now I’m in that position.”