Gamecock alum closes in on world record visiting every NFL venue

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Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 3:22 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 8, 2021 at 7:36 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A Gamecock alum looks ready to set a world record on Thursday Night Football. Not from the field, but the stands! Ryan Bailey is on pace to break the mark for the fewest days to attend 32 games at all 32 NFL stadiums in 74 days.

It’s been an incredible ride for Bailey’s ‘Go for 32′ run.

Ryan Bailey sits on the cusp of etching his name into the Guinness World Records book.

“Growing up, everyone looks at the Guinness Book of World Records,” Bailey said. “If someone says they didn’t think about, even for a second, of trying to get in there, I think they’re a liar.”

The 33-year-old Lexington native says he always believed he could achieve world record status. For what was always the question.

A couple of years ago, Bailey decided to combine his love for travel and football to chase a world high-water mark.

“The crazy thing was in 2019, I was 80% there,” Bailey said about his commitment level to go after the world record. “Actually, that year, a guy from London broke the record in 84 days. He broke it by two days.”

He viewed it as a signal to chase it. The pandemic delayed Bailey’s pursuit until this year. And by this past summer, he fully committed to begin ‘Go for 32′.

“I got exactly what I was bargaining for,” Bailey said. “There are no days off. Everything has to get done. There is no downtime.”

His journey began Week 3 of the NFL season. A Sunday late-afternoon game in Denver back in September. It will end on Dec. 9th in Minnesota to complete his 74-day run attending 32 games in all 32 NFL stadiums.

Bailey’s girlfriend, friends, and family have supported him throughout. His dad, though, provides the greatest inspiration of all.

Bailey’s father died in 2018. They were huge Gamecock fans and of traveling.

“Taking the love of traveling and going to stadiums, I’m letting him live vicariously through that,” Bailey said.

Bailey’s enjoyed all 31 stops to date, from fan interaction to the excellent cuisine, all while rocking his ‘Go for 32′ shirt.

He hopes his journey into the record books inspires others watching on to live in the moment.

“I want people to go out, whether it’s travel or see other stadiums, to do that trip they’ve always been putting off,” Bailey said. “It’s always one day, and something unfortunate has to happen in a family, and they’re like I really should have done that before.”

His top stadium experiences, for you football fans, include Kansas City, Green Bay, Detroit, Las Vegas, and Dallas.

The best food Bailey says is the BBQ at Arrowhead (KC), the on-site pit at Tennessee, and the great price value at Atlanta.

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