Published On: Mon, Nov 27th, 2017

Be the Perfect Fan and Have a Great Time at Your First Sports Game

Some people seem to have been born with a deep and abiding love for sports, team jersey on, and ready to go. Others have to take some time to figure things out before they can really begin to appreciate the nuances of different sports, games, and teams.

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Perhaps you fall in the latter camp and feel like it might finally be time to visit www.theticketmerchant.com.au and buy yourself a ticket to the latest and greatest sporting extravaganza to hit your town.

If you’re someone who’s always liked the idea of getting more into sports and sporting culture, but has no real experience with any of it, here’s a list of straightforward tips to help you enjoy your first live sports game as much as you should.

Pick a team to root for and stick with them

The highs and lows of any sport can only really be understood by those who support a team with their blood, sweat and tears, come good times or bad.

Even if you don’t know much about the teams playing when you first set foot in the stands, choose a team to back at the beginning and stick with them throughout the game regardless of whether they win or lose. Pretend that you know the guys or gals out on the field personally, and have money riding on them winning. (You could actually put money on them winning if that’s your thing, but don’t be an irresponsible gambler.)

If your team is ahead, you’ll feel charged with enthusiasm and passion to see them doing well, and you’ll feel like you’re riding high on a wave of victory.

If your team is behind, you’ll feel the tense anxiety of wanting them to pull it together and come out on top, not to mention rage at the other side.

While it’s all fun and games at the end of a day, the emotional highs and lows of sports are why they’re so popular around the world. If you sit down to watch a game without really caring who wins of loses, you’ll be missing something critical from the whole experience.

Take some friends with you

Watching sports, like playing them, tends to be a group activity. The fans of the different teams will wear the same shirts, wave the same flags, sing the same songs, and feel like a community. They’ll turn to each other in disbelief when things don’t work out, and roar their applause when they do.

If you’re new to live sports spectating, heading down to the game with some friends who are die hard fans is a great way immersing yourself in that communal atmosphere.

Make a day of it together, enjoy the game, and share a few drinks and laughs afterward.

Do your homework on the rules and history beforehand

There’s not much which sports fans of all varieties find quite as irritating as being asked to explain the rules of the game while they’re caught up in the action. And if you try to enjoy a game without actually knowing what’s happening, you’ll find the odds are not working in your favor.

Before heading down to the stadium, do your research online and learn about the specifics of the game, its rules, and history.

You’ll find that much of the thrill of a good game is in the little details, the points where the referee might have made a bad call, or where two teams with a historic grudge are facing off for the first time in the new season.