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5 Reasons Not to Go to Live Sporting Events

Updated on August 11, 2019
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I don't know about you but the idea of going to a sporting event is not as appealing as it use to be. As a kid, it was always a dream to go to a professional football, baseball, hockey, or basketball game. However, as an adult, that has changed. Don't get me wrong, I love my sports team, however, going to one of their stadiums is not something that is high on my priority list.

5. Cost

The average ticket price attend a Major League Baseball game is $40. For a family of four that is $160. And that's if you can buy the tickets directly and not through Ticketmaster or worse through any of the ticket sites that resell tickets, where there is always a ticket fee or you are paying more that the original cost of the ticket.

Food and Drink prices are outrageous: $7 for a hot dog or maybe a 12 ounce drink. Buy a hot dog and drink for each member, and you are out another $64.

Parking isn't free either: Add another $10 or $20 dollars and probably a similar amount if you take public transportation or take an Uber to and from the ballpark.

Total cost for a single game that lasts around three hours about $250.

4. Seats

Most stadiums have what they call premium seating and/or suites which typically has an indoor and outdoor seating area and are in the best places to watch the game in the stadium. These areas also have separate entrances and exits so you can get in and out faster. Remember those average ticket prices, well, they don't include any of these places. So, you get to be at a game in a seat that is probably not close to the field and will probably be far enough away that you may or may not be able to make out the ball.

And if you are in the regular seats, they are way too small to be comfortable. I'm 6 feet tall and my knees are always touching the seat in front of me and I always feel like I am in the lap of the person behind me and leaning over the person in front of me.

3. Weather at Outdoor Stadiums

Since you bought your tickets three months ago, you have no idea what the weather will be like. Going to a game in extreme weather is no fun, or worse yet, what happens when they cancel the game and you have to take off a second day of work to see the game. If the weather is too hot or too cold, then the day isn't going to be any fun.

2. Game Outcome

Let's face it, you want to see your team win. The reality is that there are very few teams that win more than 75%, so at best your chance to see your team win is 3 to 1. And then, there is the possibility that the player you wanted to see will be injured or is not playing that day. At least, when you go to a concert, you know who will be on stage.

1. Other Fans

The biggest problem with going to a game are the fans. You are surrounded by 1,000 other fans and there's always a couple that are swearing or rude to the players, or have had too much alcohol to drink, or think it's their job is to lead cheers in their section. These people are annoying and take away from the pleasure of going to a game. And with twenty other people in your row and in the rows in front of you, there's always someone walking down the aisle to get food, go to the bathroom, or just want to walk around.

Watching on Television is Better

I don't know about anyone else, but I prefer to watch a game on television. It could be at home or a local sports bar or together with a bunch of people. Everything about the experience is better, food and drinks can be whatever you want them to be. Seating and bathroom facilities are comfortable and private. And the best part, you don't have to watch the whole game or you can pause the game as you run out and do some grocery shopping or mow the lawn. And the second best part, you can turn the game off when your team is losing or winning, no strings attached.

What do you like or dislike about seeing sporting events live?

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Very good article, Tom. I have to agree with every point you make, and that is exactly why I haven't attended a game in so many years. I love my team but I'd rather watch in the comfort of my own home for all those very reasons.

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