Going to a game is one of the most exciting experiences a sports fan can have. You don’t even need to be a serious fan to have fun. Just a casual appreciation of sports in general is more than enough to have one of the best times of your life. This is especially true when you go with a group of friends. Sitting in the stands, hanging out with your buddies, and watching a game is a great bonding experience, and it’s definitely something that you won’t quickly forget.

Never been to a game before? Here’s how we recommend you get started. If you don’t have a huge preference, pick a sport that’s in season. There’s always one of the major sports in season, with baseball ranging from spring to fall, football ranging from fall to winter, basketball going from winter to spring, and hockey going from winter to spring, too. If there’s some overlap, then pick your sport of preference. If you live in a major city, there’s probably a major sports franchise located there, which will make your decision making process a lot easier.

If there are no sports teams near you, you have to make a decision. There are always semi-pro teams nearby if you aren’t too picky. Otherwise, the best bet is to make a trip or a vacation out of it. Gather a few friends together or make sure that your family can take some time off from their normal routine. If you need to, book a hotel, buy tickets to a game or two, and see what other attractions are in the city. If you’re going to a major city, like New York or Los Angeles, there are countless things to do. Other cities, like Cleveland, Houston, or Atlanta, all have their share of activities, too. If you’re looking for something family friendly, you will undoubtedly be doing different things than if you were going with a handful of college friends. Either way, there is no shortage of things that you will find to do. Just spend a few minutes looking online. If you need further help, a travel guide or a contact at the city’s tourism department will be a good way to brainstorm a few ideas.

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What if you are a big sports fan? Well, going to see a game is even more exciting! If you’re a hardcore fan of a team, let’s say the Cleveland Indians, but you don’t live anywhere near Ohio, going to see the Tribe play can be a life changing experience. It’s great to be a fan, but you haven’t really experienced what sports are really like if you’ve just seen them on TV. Going to see your favorite athletes in person is what it’s really about. Watching on television is fine most of the time. But being there in the stands, a part of the action, that is what you will remember most about your team for years to come.

If you’re the biggest of fans, and your team is close by, grabbing deals on tickets for multiple games or even season tickets might be worth looking into. Many sites offer deals if you buy many tickets at once, such as corporate discounts. The fun of going to several games each season is something that you should consider if you already know that you’re going to love each and every game you go to.