fans love attending live events and many times visiting the city and various arenas is as exciting as the game. Like most sports fans, I spent much of my youth dreaming of visiting all the different venues for every franchise from my favorite sport, but unlike most fans, I actually did it a few years back. The October after I graduated high school, a buddy of mine, Dan Tsunekawa, and I loaded up my car and hit the road to watch hockey. We attended a game at every NHL arena and traveled over 20,000 miles in less than three months. It was an unforgettable time and one I hope some of you get to experience as well. The idea of an ultimate stadium tour is something on the bucket list of almost every sports fan and I wanted to share some tips with those of you who are looking to make your dream come true.
The first step in making your ultimate stadium tour happen is finding the time. Apart from money, this is the most difficult part of the trip. If you are still young, you can do what I did and put off growing up for a couple months taking the trip right after graduation. However, many of us have already stated careers and have only two weeks of vacation to work with. Two weeks may not be enough time to visit 30 different arenas, but you don’t have to see them all at once!
Meet Peter Farrell and Andrew Kulyk. Andrew is a politician for his hometown and Peter works for the U.S. Postal Service. Both have normal jobs like you and me but, by scheduling shorter trips, they have found the time to see every venue in the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB (Peter and Andrew’s website: http://www.thesportsroadtrip.com). We met up with them during our tour at a Sabres game and it was great to hear their insight.
So start small. Begin with local and regional stadiums. Once you have a couple arenas checked off your list, and have gained some momentum, you will find your stadium tour dream is much more achievable then you may have previously thought.
The next big obstacle to overcome is money. There is no getting around it, traveling around to see a bunch of live sporting events is going to take some serious cash; however, there are things you can do to make your dream a little more affordable.
Enjoying the Experience
This is the fun part! Once you are at the game I encourage you to take the time to experience the personalities of each venue. Every stadium, ballpark or arena has its own uniqueness to it, and whether it is the fans, the history, or the architecture make sure you enjoy every bit of the experience.
I hope that helps! Do you have any tips you think I may have missed? Please share in the comments section below. Otherwise, get out there and enjoy the game!