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?
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:
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.
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 .