SPORTS DIVA’S GUIDE TO GETTING CHEAP SPORTS TICKETS

Many thanks to blogger Itinerary Planner for suggesting a post like this.

(Check out her blog, Travel Itinerary for tips even if you aren’t doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour . )

You’re going to either Dallas, Houston , Los Angeles , Miami, or even Tampa – St. Pete for a little rest and relaxation , right?

ABSOLUTELY!

But this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , remember, so you’ll be going to a sporting event whether it be a baseball , hockey, football or basketball game .

It might be your favorite team that you’re going to see, or a team that you really don’t like, but you want to see a game anyway .

Or it could be a team or sport that you know nothing about , but you want to take in everything in the city.

Besides, all the travel guidebooks about the United States and Canada all say that this is something you should do when visiting both countries, so why not?

Set some money aside and join in the fun at a game.

This is where the Sports Diva comes in.

I’m going to give you some tips for getting to a game on “the cheap”.

I should tell you that as much as I love to watch football and some of the stadiums are on my bucket list , attending an American football game, aka the NFL , can be VERY expensive , depending on the team.

A lot of fans either get their tickets from other fans who don’t go to the game or the majority of them are seasons ticket holders and there’s no way in hell they’re giving up those seats, unless the team is really bad or moves to another city, which seems to happen a lot in the National Football League.

I rarely go to the football games, because as much as I love football, the Sports Diva isn’t mortgaging the house for the most popular sport in the United States .

Instead, I’m going to tell you about the three sports whose games I attend the most, baseball, basketball and hockey.

Let’s say you’re in New York City , and you want to attend a New York Knicks basketball game.

Sounds good, but don’t even think that you’re going to get a cheap seat right on the basketball court so that you can yell and scream at Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, along with the rest of the Golden State Warriors .

That’s not going to happen in any basketball arena no matter if you’re in New York City to see the Knicks or if you’re in Memphis to watch the Grizzlies .

We’re talking cheap tickets, not blow your budget on your trip.

You have other things to do while on your 30 Plus Teams Tour .

You want tickets at a reasonable price .

Depending on the team, you can get tickets from the team’s own website, from NBA tickets.com, or a third seller .

I happen to use a site called VividSeats.com, but there are others.

I use VividSeats.com for hockey and baseball tickets also.

Don’t worry if you think these tickets are fake, they’re very legitimate and they’re the seats that ticket holders don’t want .

If you’re from another country, keep in mind that you might not be able to use some of the websites that I mention, so your best bet is to just go onto the team’s own website.

You want to attend a hockey game while you’re in town?

Depending on the city or team, tickets are fairly inexpensive.

If you happen to be in a city like Toronto , Montreal , or New York City , hockey tickets are some of the most expensive due to corporations buying up tickets and giving them to clients, who spend most of the game on their phones and not watching the game.

They hardly have a clue who any of the players are.

If you happen to go to a game, you can spot these “fugazy fans” a mile away .

They’re the ones in the suits or the team apparel that they just bought from the team’s store a few hours before the game started and they and the person they brought to the game with them , are taking selfies like they’re the newest hot model.

But I digress , and I’ll talk more about these posers passing as fans in another blog post.

When I go to a hockey game, I get my tickets in a couple of different ways.

You can go on the NHL ticket exchange, the team’s own website or have a friend that’s a season ticket holder.

That last option only works if you know someone in the city that you’re going to visit.

As with basketball , don’t get it twisted.

For some unknown reason, people who go to a hockey game either want to sit directly behind the glass or next to or behind the benches of either team.

These aren’t cheap seats, no matter how good or bad the team is.

The whole purpose of going to a game is to do it as cheaply as possible .

Sitting right behind the glass just isn’t it.

While I’m throwing out tips, let me give you a real important tip on seeing a hockey game on the cheap.

The higher up you sit, the more action you’ll be able to see, and believe me, this is a sport where you don’t want to miss ANY action.

If it’s too expensive to see a NewYork Rangers hockey game at Madison Square Garden , you’re in luck.

The New York and New Jersey area have two other hockey teams.

One plays in Brooklyn at the Barclay’s Center and the other one plays at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey .

Tickets for both of these teams are very inexpensive and the good news is that you can get to both of these arenas by public transportation if you happen to be anywhere in the New York City area.

The last sport, baseball, is the cheapest of all, no matter what stadium you watch it in.

You can sit in the bleachers, behind home plate, behind the dugouts, where the teams come out of, and the nosebleed seats.

You can even do standing room, which isn’t as bad as its sounds, and you’ll be able to see EVERYTHING.

For baseball, there are several different ways to get cheap seats if you want to see a game.

You can go to the team’s own website of course, a third party, and MLB.com.

(That stands for Major League Baseball . )

There’s another way as well.

Depending on the team, you can walk right up to the window at the stadium either the day of the game, or on a “do nothing in town” day and buy your tickets.

It’s hard to do this with any other sport but baseball, and who knows, you might be at a game where it’s “giveaway day”.

You might leave the game with a team scarf, hat, jacket or a bobblehead of the team mascot or a current or former player .

One word of warning though, and this applies to all three sports.

Beware of people approaching you and asking if you either need or are selling tickets.

Just say no and keep it moving.

These people are scalpers and by and large the tickets they’re trying to sell you are bogus.

You want cheap but don’t take it to the point where you’ll get embarrassed or in jail.

Scalping is illegal in most of the United States .

Do your homework before you leave.

Check the team’s schedule to make sure that they’re going to be in town.

If you have friends that live in the city that you’re going to, ask them if they want to go to the game too.

If so, send the money or give it to them at the game.

I dont need to tell you how many times I’ve done this.

Another thing you could do if you happen to have friends in the city is get a big group together and get a suite at the arena or stadium.

That might sound great, but do you really want to see the game in a place where you have unlimited food and drinks or do you want to be where the action is , near the other fans?

I can see many of you saying , “I’ll take unlimited food and drink for 1,000, Alex.”

Also in some of these cases, you won’t get a paper ticket.

It’s all mobile now so have your phone ready because it’s going to be scanned by ushers as you enter the building .

Don’t worry if the name on the ticket isn’t yours.

It’s the name of the person who sold the ticket.

Here are some of the websites to use:

MLB.Com

Ticketmaster.com

VividSeats.com

NBA tickets.com

SeatGeek.com

NFL.com – Good luck finding an inexpensive football ticket. If you find a seat for less than $100, depending on the team, go for it.

NHL Ticket Exchange is part of Ticketmaster, so let’s say you’re doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Vancouver , Canada and you want to see a game up there .

Go on your mobile device and plug in NHL Ticket Exchange Vancouver Canucks and it will bring you right there.

Whew!

Sorry that this post was so long and I want to thank Itinerary Planner for suggesting it.

Leave me a comment in the comment section if you want more ideas about seeing a game cheaply.

As usual , thank you so much for liking and supporting my blog .

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MY VIDEO FROM DIAMOND TAVERN IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

This is one of the places that I go to whenever I come to Charm City . It’s called Diamond Tavern and it’s located in the Baltimore Hilton, across the street from Camden Yards . In case you didn’t know , a baseball field is known as “the Diamond”.

WHAT IF???

Now you might think that the Sports Diva spends a lot of time watching and attending sporting events in some city in the United States or Canada and not doing anything else.

You might be wrong.

It seems like it, but no I don’t .

As I’m retired with no children and no significant other , I spend a lot of time reading other people’s blogs .

I came across one of my favorite blogs, from Tausha, who’s blog is called The Globe Getter.

It’s a blog I think you should check out when you get a chance .

In her post, she was lamenting the fact that there were things that she referred to as ” her biggest travel regrets ” .

Now that I’m almost 66 years old , there are some things that I , too , regret .

Some of them aren’t travel related and I don’t refer to them as “regrets.”

I call them, my “what ifs ” .

What if I have had children , would I have been a good mother or given the fact that I was always traveling, would I have been a neglectful mother?

What if I hadn’t made the decision to leave home and move to Boston the first time ?

What if I had stayed in LosAngeles and never have moved to Las Vegas ?

What if I had continued to work for the airlines, would I have visited a lot more countries than the ones that I visited?

What if I hadn’t attended college and studied Sports Journalism ?

There are a lot of “what ifs ” in my life , and if I spent most of my life worrying about them, I’d be a real nervous wreck right about now, and sorry , life is too short and beautiful to think about all of my “what ifs”.

Given the fact that I’ve survived a heart attack and a mini stroke , I’m going to concentrate on the things that I can control, and not look back at all the “what ifs ” in my life .

Besides, as long as the good Lord allows me to , there’s a lot more 30 Plus Teams Tours to go on .

WAIT A MINUTE , THIS ISN’T BALTIMORE ?

I’m sitting on a Greyhound Bus, waiting to start my next 30 Plus Teams Tour .

Lately, Greyhound has been having a lot of issues with their buses and drivers .

My bus was supposed to leave at 11am, non stop to Baltimore , Maryland .

Or so I thought.

(Yeah, this is where I’m going to and there will be a few posts from my 30 Plus Teams Tour of Baltimore.)

When the bus finally left, 20 minutes late, I do what I usually do on the bus.

Sleep .

I was in such deep sleep that when the bus stopped, I was ready and eager to get off until the driver announced where we really were.

“WILMINGTON , DELAWARE . BALTIMORE , MARYLAND NEXT STOP.”

EXCUSE ME?

Wilmington , Delaware ?

What kind of express bus is this?

Then I looked at my ticket.

Whoops, “senioritis” has set in.

I forgot .

When I return to New York City on Tuesday, God willing , the bus will be non stop.

Going to Baltimore, the 11AM bus ALWAYS stops in Wilmington .

Why couldn’t it be the other way around ?

Greyhound make that stop on the way back to New York City , I’m not in that much of a hurry to get back.

Why is it that no matter how you travel, it seems to take FOREVER to get to your destination , but when you’re returning, it’s as though your bus driver, train conductor or even the pilot, is auditioning for the newest Fast and the Furious movie and gets you to your home city in no time.

Or is that just me that they seem to get back to New York City way quicker than I really want to get there ?

Oh well for right now, I’m not thinking about New York City .

We just left Wilmington and I have another hour and a half before I get to Charm City, aka Baltimore .

I think I’ll go back to sleep .

THANK YOU, NO REALLY, THANK YOU

I’ve been on this blogger journey for three years now.

Two on Tumblr , one with WordPress .

Nothing against Tumblr, but I like the professional look and support that I get from WordPress so much better.

I know that all of the blogging “experts” tell you to not count all the likes that you have or how many followers that you have.

While I don’t worry about how many followers that I have , I do count my likes.

I’m sorry but I get very excited when I see that someone new likes my blog and their niche is no where the topic that mine is.

If they decide to follow my blog, that’s wonderful, but if not, okay.

I have a lot of email addresses from fellow bloggers and I feel bad because I don’t always respond right away or if all to people who have said that they like reading my little story about what to do in a city after you’ve gone to that sporting event.

I always want to thank each and everyone of you individually for liking my posts .

A lot of times it’s wicked hard to do that, so I hope that you can forgive me if I don’t thank you for liking my posts right away.

Instead,I’m writing this “thank you love letter” to all of you who follow 30 Plus Teams , 30 Plus Dreams .

I don’t think you know or realize how much your support means to me, especially those of you who have been at this blogging thing for awhile .

Thank y’all for liking and following my little story, even if I don’t send you an email telling you how much it means to me.

There will be more stories, travel quotes, pictures, videos and other things coming up now that the seasons are changing, and the weather is getting cooler.

There will be more traveling, God willing , to some familiar cities and not so familiar cities because hockey , football and basketball seasons are coming up, and you just know that the Sports Diva has to be wherever a game is going on.

Yes, you’re coming with me through this blog.

God bless all of you, even if you’ve been with me from the beginning or recently just joined the party .

Thank you and keep on supporting me.

Love y’all , Sports Diva

RIDING THE D TRAIN

I often take this train that goes from 205th Street in the Bronx, through Manhattan , and finally all the way to Brooklyn in Coney Island.

It is one of the most widely used trains on the New York City subway system.

Today, I’m taking this train from the Rockefeller Center Station at 47-50 Streets all the way up to the Bronx.

My stop is going to be 161st Street and River Avenue , now known as Rivera Avenue after former New York Yankees star, Mariano Rivera , to Yankee Stadium .

There is another Yankees game going on, so the station and train is more crowded than it usually is .

This train is an express train, which means that it skips many stops, mostly in Manhattan .

After it gets to 59th Street at the Columbus Circle station, it goes express and doesn’t stop until the train reaches 125th Street in Harlem.

The train might be crowded and the seats are uncomfortable , but you will be using this train a lot if you come to New York City .