You’re on a 30 Plus Teams Tour with either your girlfriends, guys , family members or you’re just going by yourself .
You’re going to see either a baseball , football , hockey or football game .
You may not be a fan of the team that you’re going to see or you just might be one of their biggest fans ever.
There’s one thing though.
You’ve never seen a game in person .
To say that you’re wicked excited because this is the first time you’ve either seen your team play in person whether it be on the road or at their home stadium or arena is an understatement.
For once you aren’t watching a game on TV or listening to it on the radio or even watching it on your mobile device .
You’ll want to know how should you conduct yourself when you do finally get to go.
That’s where the Sports Diva comes in to give you just a little bit of pointers .
Let me say that even though I’m talking mainly about the four major professional sports leagues inthe United States and Canada , these tips also apply to you no matter if you’re at a rugby match between New Zealand and Australia , a soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea, a cricket match between Pakistan and India ,a baseball game between the Dominican Republic and Japan or even a basketball game between Spain and Latvia .
The feeling is the same whenever you attend a sporting event in person .
You will be excited the first moment that you walk into the arena or stadium , but the first and most important thing to remember is please be yourself .
Cheer for your team and please don’t act the fool and get yourself thrown out.
Have that glass of wine at the game if you want to, even though your friends are guzzling down Budweisers and Coronas like the stadium’s beer supply is going to run out before the game is over.
If you happen to be a fan of the team that you’re going to see , by all means, wear those team colors proudly.
You’re aware that hardly ANY ONE goes to Tropicana Field to see a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game in St. Petersburg , Florida , but that is YOUR FAVORITE TEAM and you’re going to see them play for the first time in person at “The Trop.”
You just know that you’re going to have a good time, and if the team loses , that’s okay too.
You’re in the stadium or arena that you’ve only seen or heard about from other people .
Take those selfies at a Los Angeles Dodgers game to celebrate your first visit to Dodgers Stadium if you want to .
But please don’t take those selfies for the entire game.
You’re going to miss all the action that’s going on in front of you.
You’re here to watch some great catches, excellent pitching and definitely someone in a blue and white Dodgers uniform hit a home run to win the game, especially if they’re playing that baseball team that you hate more than any other team, San Francisco Giants .
Leave that hot Brazilian model look that you’re trying to achieve on your phone to those real Brazilian models or to one of the Kardashians.
You aren’t at the game to be seen, remember?
It’s your first Dodgers baseball game in person, isn’t it ?
Most importantly , don’t get into an argument with some of the fans if it’s your first time there.
You might be the biggest fan going, but dare I say it?
Act like you’ve been there before even if you haven’t .
What if it’s your first time at a game and you really don’t know anything about the sport, let alone some of the players?
Not a problem .
Take in the craziness that’s going on.
You’ll definitely gets your money’s worth if it’s a game between two rival teams and their fans, let alone the players, don’t like each other .
It doesn’t matter what sport it is either .
If you happen to be visiting the city or the country for the first time , go to a sporting event and just soak up the atmosphere .
Get excited with the rest of the passionate soccer fans of Real Madrid, Barcelona , or Bayern Munich .
Sing “Chelsea Dagger” along with the other Chicago Black Hawks hockey fans when the team scores a goal.
Do the “roll call” along with the other “bleacher creatures” st Yankees Stadium.
You can even sing “Hail To The Redskins ” at a Washington Redskins football game if you want to.
You don’t have to know the sport this is a way to make new friends .
They might even end up being a social media buddy of yours .
Fans at the game will be more than happy to explain what’s going on , and who are the players you should be cheering for, as well as the players you should be booing.
You might even become a fan of that team, sport , or player by the end of the evening.
Take in the pregame entertainment , whether it be the cheerleaders at the football or basketball game , (and even in some hockey arenas, too.)or the team mascot , if they have one.
Take a picture with the mascot , if you can.
Dance in your seat to the music that’s being played in the arena.
Wave those pom poms or “Terrible Towels” proudly , just like you see the other fans doing.
Hold up that foam finger with the team name on it.
If they have a “Tshirt Toss” where they give away shirts with the team’s name on it, raise your hands , participate and get loud with the home team fans who want a shirt too.
Sing along to “Sweet Caroline” at a Boston Red Sox game or “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” at a Baltimore Orioles game .
You’re there to have fun it’s your first game in person .
If you’re bored with all that’s going on, that’s your fault , boo.
Stay in your hostel , hotel or Airbnb the next time.
One final important tip.
If the fans start singing songs about the opposing team ,referee or umpire, just listen.
It’s up to you if you’re at a hockey game and the fans start screaming , “REF, YOU SUCK!” because they disagree with a call, and you want to say “ref, you suck” along with the rest of the fans.
Just don’t throw things on the ice if the rest of the fans do.
If you happen to be at a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game at the Rogers Center and a Blue Jays fan screams out , “SWING BATTER BATTER BATTER ! “, they aren’t being rude.
That’s okay because they want someone on the opposing team to make an out.
If the fans start yelling “AIR BALL ” when an opposing basketball player throws the ball into the stands instead of into the basket that’s definitely funny.
What’s NOT funny at all is when fans start chanting about a player’s , referees , or umpires ethnicity or personal life.
No one should EVER do that whether it’s your first time at Staples Center in Los Angeles, a soccer match in Mexico City , Manchester , or Rome, or a basketball game in Brooklyn .
There’s NO place for that in sports and it just shows how ignorant you really are.
The most exciting thing to do, if you’re a sports fan, or even if you aren’t , is to see a game in person .
Get yourself out to a game, no matter what the sport is and enjoy yourself !