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 !
I’ve had lots of people , not just friends ask me a lot of questions about the blog and things they didn’t know about me. So I’m going to try to answer some of them for you. If you have any other questions that I don’t answer here, feel free to contact me by email at Sportsdiva64 @gmail.com .
WHAT’S UP WITH THAT TITLE ?
In all four of the major professional sports , that’s hockey , football , baseball , and basketball , there are at least 30 or more teams .
As for the 30 Plus Dreams part , well, for some people who love sports as much as I do, it’s a dream to attend a game in person no matter which one of the sports it is.
You don’t even have to be a fan of the team .
WHO IS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE BLOG ?
That would have to be my girlfriend , Mish T , who is forever asking the question “but what’s there to do there ? ” Hopefully , this blog answers that question for you after you’ve gone to that sports event.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPORTS ?
I have been a baseball fan since 1963, when my late Aunt Blecka took me to a baseball game at Yankees Stadium . I don’t even remember what team was playing against the Yankees that day . Sports was always something we talked about in my family , the women as well as the men .
Some things don’t change, although some members of my family just don’t get my crazy obsession with hockey .
I was a freelance sports writer and most of my work was done with the Boston Bruins and Los Angeles Kings hockey clubs .
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS AND TEAMS ?
In this order , Baseball , New York Yankees . Hockey , New York Rangers and Boston Bruins . BASKETBALL . Boston Celtics and football , New England Patriots .
HOW DID YOU GET INTO TRAVEL ?
I took my first plane ride at age 12 from Martha’s Vineyard , Massachusetts to New York City . I worked for Delta Airlines in Boston and Los Angeles , and for Malaysia Airlines in Los Angeles .
WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED?
I have lived in four places. I don’t count Dayton , Ohio, because I went to college there from August to April of 1971 at the University of Dayton . I have lived in Boston , Los Angeles , Las Vegas , and New York City , where I am now .
WHERE HAVE YOU TRAVELLED TO?
This is a very long list and forgive me if I left out a few places. INTERNATIONAL and I do consider Canada as international . Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia , London , England , Singapore , Brisbane , Australia , Sydney , Australia, Penang , Malaysia , Niagara Falls , Canada , Toronto , Canada , Vancouver , Canada , Barrie, Canada, Calgary , Canada, Ottawa, Canada and Montreal , Canada.
In the United States , Portland . , Maine , Providence , Rhode Island , Baltimore , Philadelphia , Pittsburgh , Washington DC , Atlanta , Los Angeles , St. Louis , Boston , New Orleans , Phoenix , Detroit , Nashville , San Francisco , San Diego , Salt Lake City , Denver, Buffalo , and Wheeling , West Virginia .
WHAT CITIES ARE YOUR FAVORITE ?
International , it’s a tie between Toronto and Kuala Lumpur . In this country , there’s no contest . It’s the city that will ALWAYS be home to me, Boston .
DO YOU HAVE A BUCKET LIST OF CITIES THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SEE ?
Yes, Dublin , Belfast , Tel Aviv , Dubai, Winnepeg, Memphis , Seattle , Chicago , Miami , and Cleveland .
DO YOU HAVE A BUCKET LIST OF ARENAS THAT YOU WANT TO SEE ?
DEFINITELY ! Progessive Field – Cleveland , Miller Park – Milwaukee , Lambeau Field – Green Bay , United Center – Chicago , Great American Ballpark -Cincinnati , ComericaPark-Detroit , Gillette Stadium -Foxboro , Massachusetts , Nationwide Arena -Columbus , Quicken loans Arena -Cleveland , and the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis . I saw the old one , but the new one looks amazing !
HOW DID YOU GET INTO BLOGGING?
I had started a blog on blogspot .com many years ago , but I wasn’t really passionate about it , plus I was working full time and didn’t have the time or the patience to keep up with it. Now that I’m retired , I’m blogging about the two things that I’m very passionate about , travel and sports .
I follow a lot of bloggers now not just those who blog about travel, either .
You guys really inspire me . THANK YOU !
I AM TAKING A TRIP TO BOSTON AND NEW YORK CITY , WHAT SHOULD I SEE?
WOW!Where do I start?! What can I tell you without leaving out a whole lot of things to do ?
Of course while you’re in New York City , you must take in a baseball game at Yankees Stadium or Citifield , home of the New York Mets. In Boston , visit one of the oldest baseball parks in the United States , Fenway Park , home of the Boston Red Sox .
Even if you aren’t a fan of baseball or you aren’t a fan of either team, just go.
If you know NOTHING about baseball , just go for the atmosphere , especially when the Mets play against the Yankees or whenever the Yankees play the Red Sox .
As for visiting the other things that New York City has to offer , I could tell you about seeing the usual touristy places, but I’m not .
Visit the other areas like Washington Heights or Harlem .
Visit New York ‘ s “Outer Boroughs “.
That would be Brooklyn , Queens , The Bronx , and Staten Island .
You’d be surprised at what you see there .
Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry , which is free and it runs all night .
As for Boston , it’s all about the seafood and the history .
Take a picture with that ginormous statue of Paul Revere sitting on his horse , walk along the Freedom Trail , and say hello to Samuel Adams in front of Faneuil Hall.
Don’t neglect the cities of Salem , Cambridge , Lexington and Quincy .
By the way, we don’t pronounce it Quincey , we say Quin zee .
You might have heard about these cities in history class, so see them up close .
Take a walk through Harvard Yard and say hello to the statue of the guy that we’re not sure really is John Harvard .
After the hectic pace of New York City , Boston is a welcome change .
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