Professional sports games can be a blast. The atmosphere of the crowd can be amazing when your team is heading into victory. Though the experience is great and you can meet some pretty awesome people, the cost of going to a professional sports game can sometimes be crazy high. Leaving many people to avoid the opportunity and never experiencing the excitement of a touchdown or that last-minute winning three-pointer. ShooWin suggests these helpful tips to help get you into the stands of your favorite team using more cost-effective strategies.
Find good deals on tickets
There are several ways to find cheap tickets to your favorite team’s games, online. These are box office type websites called “secondary ticket marketplaces.” They allow people who can’t use their tickets to sell them to others. Often you get a discounted price. An added bonus is that these sites often provide protections to those buying the tickets in case there is an issue at the gate.
Other Online Options
There are other online options when trying to find great deals on tickets. These include websites such as craigslist and facebook. Both of these options as well as other “for sale” website or pages should be used with caution. They offer no protection to buyers and are often filled with fraudulent ticket sales.
When looking on Facebook, the first option may be to ask your friends and family if someone has tickets they can’t use or they know someone they trust that are selling tickets. This will help decrease some risk when buying on Facebook. If you can’t find someone you know with unwanted tickets, check out the Facebook marketplace and other local Facebook pages that are for selling and buying. Remember, to thoroughly check out each ticket for authenticity and if it seems to good of a deal to be true it probably is a scam.
Craigslist is another resource for finding cheap tickets. Like Facebook, you want to thoroughly examine the tickets before buying them. If you think a deal is too good to be true it probably is. Most people want to get all or at least most of their money back so a large discounted ticket probably is a fake one.
Eat and drink before you come to the game
Getting food or drinks at professional sporting events is mind numbingly costly. It does provide an extra experience that people say is a must have. But if you want to save money eating before the game, is the way to go.
Depending on the area and what sporting event you’re attending it may be difficult to avoid getting something to drink due to the heat or length of the event. Check with your stadium or arena about their rules concerning water bottles can be useful. Some places may have no restrictions on bringing water bottles in while some may only allow sealed bottles when temperatures are high or there are weather advisories.
Many arenas and stadiums have water fountains for their fans. This is a great alternative to buying a drink and you only miss a small portion of the game. Another option is to buy one drink and then refill your cup or bottle at the fountain if needed.
Plan in advance so you can spare more spending money
This piece of advice doesn’t really save you money at the game, but saving money for the game is a great option, if you enjoy having a hot dog, beer, or nachos to your professional sports game experience. This might mean not eating out once or twice (ok, maybe three times if you have a large family) so that you can enjoy more stadium or arena amenities.
Don’t buy promotional products, make your own swag
Sporting your team’s jerseys and other apparel is a great way to show team spirit and get pumped up for the game. But these things are expensive! Instead, opt for shirts that are your team’s colors but lack a logo. You are still supporting the team but at a much cheaper price.
If you want something with a logo, think about bringing posters, when allowed, into the arena or stadium. This is a great way to show everyone who you are cheering for and it might just get you on the big screen. Be creative and funny, it will increase your chances.
If you are looking for team merchandise but don’t want to spend the money, check out your team’s website to see if there are any promotions for attending certain games. Many baseball games offer promotional merchandise to the first set number of fans that get to the gate of certain games, you just have to get there early.
Going on sponsors websites, or place of business, will also help you score free team merchandise. Often sponsors will hold events to get signed merchandise, free merchandise, or discounts on tickets. Pay attention to radio ads and local business ads to see what deals you can find. If you don’t live in the area of your favorite team this becomes a little more difficult. Checking any online promotional offers may be your only option to score some free team gear.
Pay for less desirable seats
Most people want to be up close and personal with the players to feel like a part of the action. Though admittedly, this is a pretty awesome experience, it does adds a lot to the ticket price. When going to your next pro game buy seats that seem less desirable. Yes, this could be the nosebleeds but the benefit of this is you get a birds-eye view of everything on the field or court, and you won’t miss a thing.
Attending a professional sports game is definitely a part of the American culture but the cost can be high. Many people miss out on the experience because of ticket prices, cost of food, travel time, etc. Trying these helpful tips will help decrease your cost and get you to your favorite sporting event.