By: Vincent Mortensen
Many of us are a fan of one or more sports. Personally, I’m a fan of the Denver Broncos, the Memphis Grizzlies, the Utah Jazz, and our mighty Utes football team. Unfortunately, attending sports events can get a little costly. Below are a few tips to still enjoy your teams while not destroying your finances:
Check out charity events and “Champion” Tours – These events are usually much cheaper. Most of these tournament players (ex: in golf) receive most of their revenue from corporate sponsors, thus making the ticket price lower than average. Jump on this if you have the opportunity.
Watch minor league teams – The NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS….and the list of professional sports organizations goes on…..get plenty of exposure. Because of this, they are able to charge higher prices for tickets. Why not check out a minor league team? Here in Utah, we have the Salt Lake Bees for baseball and the Utah Grizzlies for hockey. Check ‘em out!
Go to training camp or pre-season workouts – These are a favorite among “Superfans”. Not only is it free 95% of the time, you will get an up close and personal view of your favorite players. It’s a win-win situation in my book.
Share a season ticket with a friend – My brother has done this in the past with his very good friend and really enjoyed the benefits. He got to see half of the Utah Jazz games in person while not overdoing his budget. Look into this if you can’t stay away from seeing your team live.
Major league sports can get pricey, but there are ways to find cheaper alternatives if you try enough. Now get out there and support your team!