Whether your sport is baseball, basketball, football, soccer, or race car driving, if you’re a diehard fan, chances are you’re going to travel to a game or two to get the full experience. There’s something about being amongst fellow fans, sitting in the stands that will certainly have you grinning from ear to ear. Hearing the screams and watching your team play live with no distractions is every sports fan’s dream. If you plan on attending a few games this year, then you’ll have to know how to travel to get the best accommodations, save money, and more importantly enjoy yourself.
Here are a few suggestions to help you out:
- Book Your Arrangements Far in Advance
When you’re rooting for a popular team or going to a popular sporting event (i.e. the super bowl, NBA finals, Playoffs, etc.) you’re going to be competing with thousands of other fans to get good accommodations. With that in mind, you’re going to want to start looking well in advance to see what’s out there that fits within your budget. While it’s cool to check travel booking sites, sometimes it can’t hurt to look on your favorite team’s website as they will often have a list of hotel chains they are partnered with.
For example, if you’re a Sacramento Kings fan, then you might take a look at the Welk Timeshare review page found on their site to see what other sports fans have experienced. Or with football season just around the corner, you might be more interested in checking out the San Diego Chargers, another sports team affiliated with Welk Timeshare.
- Don’t Forget to Factor in Transportation Costs
Once you arrive at your destination, how are you going to get around? Do you intend to purchase a rental car, grab a taxi, or use public transportation such as a bus, train, or subway? You don’t want to wait until the day of the big game to try and figure out how to get to and from as everything will be pretty packed. If you’d prefer to have a rental car you’ll want to also make sure you look into parking fees for the event. Make sure you do enough research so you have the costs of transportation upfront. There’s nothing worse than having tickets to a game and being stranded in your hotel room.
- Plan to Get to the Event on Time
Remember, there will be hundreds if not thousands of other fanatics just like you trying to get into the venue to see the game, therefore timing is everything. You will want to try to get to the event at least 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time to ensure that you can grab your snacks and find your seat. Trying to rummage around with snacks in your hand and squeeze past other patrons is certainly not the most comfortable thing in the world. Arriving ahead of time also leaves room for error in case you can’t find parking, have to stand in a long line, or really can’t find your seats.
- Rely on Your Smartphone for Advice
After the sporting event is over, you’re probably going to want to go out and have a good time. Whether you’re celebrating a win for your team or simply to enjoy the rest of your vacation you’ll want to know all the best places to enjoy yourself. Your smartphone is probably your best resource when it comes to finding things to do. Various apps will allow you to pull up instant reviews of restaurants, bars, and clubs in the area to determine which one might be a great fit for you. Also apps like Google maps can ensure that you get to your destination without getting lost.
There’s nothing like being able to see your favorite team play live. If you’ve never traveled for the love of the game, you should certainly consider giving it a try. As long as you plan in advance, secure the proper transportation, get to the event on time, and rely on your smartphone for things to do after the game, you’re sure to have a pretty pleasant experience. With any luck you’ll be so hooked you’ll want to purchase season passes every year.
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