What sports fan doesn’t love getting tickets to their favorite sporting event? Last summer some friends and I had the opportunity to attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. It was a beautiful evening, we had great seats, and the crowd was electric! The smell of popcorn and hot dogs filled the air. “Peanuts here, get your peanuts” being shouted by vendors who were passing bags of the crunchy snack through rows of fans. As I began to scan the crowd I observed fans, young and old filled with anticipation waiting for the first pitch. I overheard a father explaining all there is to know about Fenway and the Sox to his young son who was filled with excitement and listening intently as it was obviously his first Red Sox game! The National Anthem was played, the players introduced and “play ball” was announced by the umpire. The roar of the crowd during the game was deafening! Fans participated in countless waves throughout the ball park and participation seemed to be mandatory. It was a great experience!
As awesome as it was to enjoy the game at Fenway it was also expensive. Ticket price, parking costs, food and drink purchases can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars. This is true with most pro sporting events and really limits the amount of games I can afford to attend.
For me a great way to enjoy the game without breaking the bank is at a sports bar. Most have plenty of hi-def flat screens for viewing and offer a good value when it comes to food & drink. Being waited on by friendly and attentive servers is always a plus and more times than not parking is free. The crowds are usually interactive as well, offering their commentary, advice, cheers and jeers. While you will not experience the smells, sights and sounds of a ball park or stadium, you and your friends will enjoy the same anticipation and excitement of the big game without the huge hit to your wallet!
Enjoy the night!