Football is America’s favorite sport. The intensity, limited number of games, and world-class talent draws fans by the thousands. There’s no questioning the enjoyment of a game, but few go to games due to associated costs. But here’s how to see more of the action in person rather than in front of a television screen.
Find a Buddy
Two heads are better than one. It’s convenient to have a partner in crime, one who can share costs as well as put in the man hours it takes to get good flights, hotels, tickets, etc. The famously hilarious sitcom, Seinfeld, featured one episode where Jerry and George were combining energies to date one woman. While the comedic situation was engineered for laughs, the philosophy makes sense. Get two people working on finding one set of tickets.
Today’s apps make life easier and more convenient. For example, you could manually check the websites of several airlines, waiting for the moment the best seat and price is available. However, a number of apps do that for you. Results vary, but leveraging apps is one way to save hundreds or more on a flight. Depending on creativity and availability of tickets, it could be cheaper to see your team in another city than it would be to invest in home game tickets, especially if your team is very popular. Hipmunk and Skyscanner are two of many flight-centric apps.
Few stadiums are located outside of a major city. It makes sense; there are more crowds and dollars to be had in a city’s limits. However, it’s much more expensive for a traveler to stay near the stadium. It’s also unnecessary in a time when one could use Uber to get from the suburbs to the city at a reasonable cost. That’s if there are not other forms of transportation that can get fans in and out of the city and to the suburbs. You may find that a hotel near the stadium offers skyrocket prices on game weekends. Conversely, you can find suburban hotels at more reasonable rates.
Eat and Drink Before
Tailgating is huge when it comes to football. For one, it elongates the occasion. The game lasts a couple hours but tailgaters may get to games several hours before and stay for hours after. For one, it’s a safer way to consume alcohol. Secondly, it’s a lot cheaper to eat and drink outside the stadium walls. While a sandwich could cost a few dollars regularly, a vendor at the stadium may charge three to four times that. The price of beer is elevated even more. You may find one beer could be $12 or more! You’d have to be drunk to pay those prices.
Take a Red-Eye Back
If you’re taking a trip to see your team, consider taking a red-eye flight back. While you want to feel up and refreshed upon going to the game, you can sacrifice energy on the way back. Plus, if you time it right, you could forego getting a hotel room. Fly in on the same day, go to the game, and then return to the airport for a few hours of napping before you take a flight back. You’ll find the red-eye flight in combination with foregoing the hotel can save a lot.
Seats are priced according to the proximity to the center of the playing field. A front row seat along the 50-yard line comes at a premium while the prices of those up near the roof are much lower. However, the view from up top is not very good… if you sit there. Additionally, find ways to buy tickets to NFL games without paying fees. You could buy cheap seats to gain access to the stadium and spend the game vying for vantage points. It requires more effort and less time to sit and relax, but a diligent and energetic fan can find great standing room views throughout the stadium. Actually, modern stadiums are designed to offer more vantage points for all attendants.
Save the Swag for Later
Is it reasonable to want a game jersey? Yes. Should you get swept up in the game day intensity and buy one from the stadium gift shop? No, not if you don’t want to pay more money than needed. Save the swag for a later time. Leverage third party sites like Amazon rather than pay high prices. Of course, if you can go without buying a new hat or jersey every year, that saves a lot too.
Jasmine Hammond is always seeking ways to enjoy life with her family and friends. An avid writer, she loves to share her discoveries on many lifestyle and entertainment websites.