I made a pretty big mistake that day…
As Michael and I walked around/up/down and throughout the giant stadium I wanted to "go light" so for the stadium shots I just took my 5D Mark IV, with a 14mm on the body, and the 8-15mm fisheye zoom in my hand. One thing I realized as soon as we started shooting is how perfect the cup holders behind each seat are for holding either lens. So, when I swapped out lenses, I had a perfect holder for my lens right there.
Of course, I'm totally capable of walking away and leaving one of my lenses sitting in that cup, so I asked Michael to remind me to check that I had both lenses when we moved to a different area. He did. Always. But when Michael had to shoot something that was previously scheduled, so he left me alone for an hour or so. I went to the opposite end zone to get that shot of the light streaming it. I sat there for around 30 minutes (as mentioned above), and when I was done, I walked away and left my fisheye zoom lens in the cup (as seen below).
When did I realize I left my lens way, way, way up in the stands? About an hour after the stadium doors opened, and the stands were filling with fans for the sold-out game. I got to center field and I'm standing there with my buddy Lynn Bass (one of the Falcon's photo crew) and I tried to take that shot of the roof, and I realize my 14mm won't do it, and it was at that moment that I realized I didn't have my fisheye and didn't even know where it was. I guessed that I had left it, way, way, way up high in the stadium — one heck of a long way from where we were at the center of the field, and I wasn't totally sure that's where I left it.
It was getting close to game time, but I felt I had to make the climb way up there to see if it was still there by some miracle. It took me more than 30-minutes to get up there. I started searching row-by-row about where I thought I was and no luck. I saw some fans a few rows up higher — I was pretty sure I didn't go quite up that high when I was shooting, but I guess they figured I had lost something and one of the guys points behind him, so I walk up there, and lo-and-behold, there sitting in a cup holder was my fisheye. I was so happy. It was totally worth the 30-minute climb (I love that stinking lens).