Americans spend billions of dollars annually on sports events. Given the sometimes-pricey cost of tickets and the extras (such as parking or refreshments) that live events include, why do so many fans in the U.S. continue to spend their hard-earned money on watching football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other athletic events? Take a look at some of the top reasons why people prefer to attend live events over watching them on TV or online. These might just give you a reason to go out and buy a ticket or try a sporting event as your next big fundraising or party idea.
The Live Experience
There is something almost unexplainable about the energy that a live sporting event brings. There's a buzz of anticipation in the air and a sense of community in bringing together a large-scale group of people who all have one thing in common — wanting to support their team.
From the sweet smell of concessions cooking to the sound of the crowd chanting, a televised version of a sporting event just can't compare with the live experience.
The Social Opportunity
Sitting at home, watching the game from your living room is certainly relaxing. But it's not exactly a social activity. Sports events provide an easy way to socialize. Not only can you socialize with the other fans, but it's exciting option if you're looking for a way to bond with friends, co-workers or classmates.
Unlike a movie or a theatrical performance, where you'll need to keep quiet for the duration of the show, sporting events allow for plenty of verbal interactions. In other words, you can feel free to talk with your friends, your date or the other fans during the game.
The Entertainment Factor
Not only are sporting events entertainment in themselves, but they also provide additional options to keep your eyes (and mind) busy. Think of the half-time show at the big football game of the year or the pregame basketball entertainment that lights up the court. These added events keep you entertained, along with the game itself, for hours.
The entertainment factor is partially responsible for making sports events exciting and memorable. If you're looking for a way to keep a group of friends (or even your child and a group of their friends) entertained for a few hours, sports are the way to go.
Sports events are everywhere. They're on your TV, on your phone and on your computer. Even though pointing and clicking on an event is an easy way to watch it, skipping the live experience may mean that you're missing out the exciting, entertaining and energizing experience that your favorite teams provide.Check out a team, like Lincoln Saltdogs Baseball, to get started.