The best way to watch a game

In my younger days, there was nothing better than going to watch a game in person.  The excitement in the crowd, the intensity of the game and the skill of the athletes was always such a thrill to me.  I even loved the stadium food and didn’t mind paying for the experience.  In fact we used to plan vacations just to go watch games all over the country.  And it didn’t even matter what sport I was going to see.  I went to hockey, NBA and college basketball, NFL  and college football, Major League Baseball and even made time for MLS  before it was high quality.
Somewhere along the way all of that changed for me.  It is no longer a must for me to get to a stadium or arena to have a great time watching a game.  There are numerous reasons for that.
The cost of going to a game in this economy just doesn’t make sense any more, especially if you want a good seat. Once you consider the cost of the tickets, plus parking and snacks or dinner, you can easily spend a few hundred dollars and that’s if you don’t buy souvenirs or a program.  I can’t be the only one who has a hard time spending nine dollars for a hot dog or six dollars for 17 chips and a tiny scoop of what is supposed to be cheese.
How some fans act at games is also a huge detractor.  The aggressive nature they display, plus the abrasive language is not at all appropriate in most, if not all situations.  I’ve seen more than my fair share of stadium fights because of these kinds of fans.
There is nothing wrong with yelling and cheering for your team but when you go nuts on people who are cheering for the opposing team,  you’re crossing the line.  Those aren’t the only reasons.
When you consider the drive to and from the game and the walk, Going to a game also doubles your time commitment.  And that’s if you don’t use Tivo.  I never used to worry about that but as you get older, there is so much that needs to be done.
With all that being said, The game experience that you can have at home has become a substantially better option.  With comfortable couches, big screen HD televisions and a bathroom that doesn’t have a ridiculous line, you can’t go wrong.  You can eat and drink what you have in the house and chances are it didn’t cost you an arm and a leg.  You can pause the game when you have to visit the restroom or just want to stand and stretch you legs.  You have the ability to create your own replays in case you missed something or just want to see a great play over again.  Plus, if the game is a blowout, you can just change the channel.  The Most important thing of all is that you don’t have to worry about who you are watching the game with.
There are still plenty of parks, arenas and stadiums that I will visit during my sports viewing life time, especially for big games.  However,  if I have the choice between going to a game locally or watching at home, it is no longer a contest.

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