While it’s never been easier to watch live sports wherever you are, there’s nothing quite like being there in person to cheer on your team or favorite player. Streaming live sporting events to your phone or your smart TV is a great way to feel like you’re part of the crowd, but nothing is ever going to equal the thrill of actually being in the stands, surrounded by the best fan atmosphere and hollering vitriol at the referee. The problem is cost. With tickets to large sports events costing far more than most people can justify, it’s becoming difficult to find ways to actually attend those live events without overspending your budget. However, there are ways that you can get more for your money, and those savings mean that you could soon be sitting in the nosebleeds and giving the ref a piece of your mind.
Look for bargains
Everyone loves a bargain or a special offer and there’s no reason why you can’t find tickets for your sporting event of choice without paying the full ticket price. When it comes to finding a bargain, there are a number of places to check out first, but you should always bear in mind the three key factors of buying any cheap ticket: price, location of seats, and ticket availability. The most obvious place to get cheap tickets are on the day of the event itself, as there are pretty much always scalpers hanging around outside a stadium or sports hall, and the closer you get to the start of the game, the lower those prices go. If like most people you’re wary of buying from scalpers, always remember to check sites like Craigslist or sports community groups on Facebook, as you can often find unwanted tickets with massively discounted prices to take advantage of.
In the early part of the decade, online competitions were everywhere, and the prizes ranged from new TVs to sports tickets. Those competitions may have become less prevalent these days, but they are still there. As social media has become the business tool of choice, so too have they become the sites to head to for those hard to get hold of tickets. As stadiums struggle more than ever to get people into seats, more competitions are one of the ways that they have found that actually work. Businesses on social media will do anything to promote their pages, and if you follow the pages of your favorite teams or are part of a sporting community page, it’s always worth doing the ‘like, comment, share’ kind of contest entry. You never know, you could even end up with tickets to the Superbowl.
Look for lesser-known sports
Not every sporting event that you attend has to be the biggest event of the year. If you want the thrill of the live action and the atmosphere that you only get from being in the crowd, then you should have a look at some lesser-known sports. Soccer is a quality option, although the slow pace of the game may put many off. The other option is to attend those smaller games, with college Football showing off a range of talent and passion that even some of the bigger games can’t hope to match. The stranger the game, the less you’ll pay to go and watch it, but if you opt for some of the most unusual sports in the world, you could end up wanting to go again and again.
Get a better credit card
It’s always about cost when it comes to deciding what events you can go to see, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that some credit cards can actually help you with your travel costs. If you use the points reward schemes available from options like the Capital One Venture card, you actually get travel points for every purchase that you make, and can even get more points if you’re buying products with a travel angle. These points can all add up, and make it much easier for you to afford the flights to go and see your favorite team play, or to attend the sporting events of the year. You will need a fair to good credit score when it comes to getting a good credit card, but choose well and your travel expenses could be seriously reduced, meaning that you can afford better seats in the stadium.
If you really want to keep your costs down when buying tickets to sporting events, then you’re going to need to start being a bit more selective. Do you really need to go and watch every single game, just because your team are playing? You could instead save up the money on that season ticket by being more selective about the games that you go to see. All of the savings that you make by avoiding the smaller, less-important games, means that you’ll be able to get much better seating at the bigger games at the tail end of the season. These are the games that have the most atmosphere. Obviously, you want to show support throughout the year, but if you’re trying to reduce your event budget, then this is by far the most obvious solution.
The life of the spectator is evolving, and technology is changing the way that we watch sport. Virtual reality looks set to be the next big game changer, but with sporting events focused on eSports and the sheer availability of live-streaming sites to watch any game anywhere in the world, it’s clear that big teams are going to have to shake up their existing strategies for getting people into seats. Keep an eye on the changing trends, and you might find yourself ahead of the game when it comes to spotting those reduced tickets and better seating options that can change the game for you. As technology continues to be a deciding factor for sports teams around the world, expect the prices to start reflecting those changes, and the cost of your season ticket could be dropping a lot sooner than you might think.