If there’s one thing that brings people together, it’s sports. And there’s nothing quite as thrilling or enjoyable as going to a sports game with friends or family. Whether you’re going to an MLB (Major League Baseball), NFL (National Football League), NBA (National Basketball Association), or any other type of sports game, there are a few things that you’ll want to bring with you.
What to Bring if You’re in the Stands
If you’re planning to attend a sports game, there are a number of items that you’ll want to bring with you. Keep in mind that bringing food and alcohol is generally forbidden. It will likely be confiscated from you as you enter (most stadiums want you to purchase food and drinks at the vendors located within the stadium). With that in mind, the following are a few items you should bring with you:
- Tickets: Be sure to bring your tickets with you to the game, whether you have physical tickets or e-tickets on your phone.
- Money: You’re going to want to spend some money at the concession stand during breaks in the game. For example, between innings during a baseball game or during half time of an NBA game. You may get hungry or thirsty at some point, after all. Not to mention, you may want to buy t-shirts or other merchandise.
- Your phone: Not only will you want to take pictures of the game (especially if you’re at an important playoff game, a World Series game, or the Olympics), but it’s a good idea to have your phone on you if you’re with others in case you get separated.
- A jacket: The temperature in stadiums can vary greatly, so it’s always a good idea to bring a jacket. This is especially true if you’re attending an NFL, MLB, or soccer game, where the stadium is outdoors.
- Your personal ID: If you plan on drinking alcohol at the game, you’ll need to bring your ID with you. Concession stands won’t send alcohol to anyone without an ID in the U.S.
- Vaccination card: Depending on the state you’re in or the country you’re visiting, you may be required to show proof of vaccination at the stadium. For example, sports fans won’t be let into a sports complex in New York unless they’re vaccinated. Look for digital signage near the stadium to find out what rules are enforced.
- Mask: Because of the pandemic, you may want to wear a mask, especially since most stadiums fit thousands of people. Not to mention, some stadiums may still enforce mask rules.
- A seat cushion: Most stadiums don’t have the most comfortable seating. Bringing a seat cushion will ensure that you remain comfortable throughout the entire ball game.
- Rain gear: If you’re attending an outdoor game, then be sure to check the weather. If there’s a chance of rain, bring some rain gear, such as an umbrella, a rain jacket, or a hat.
- Sunscreen: If you’re attending a football game or a softball game outside, you should bring sunscreen to avoid getting sunburns.
- Binoculars: If you want to get a better view of the game, bring some binoculars.
What to Bring if You’re Tailgating
Tailgating is the practice of hanging out at a stadium before or after a sporting event while eating and drinking. It’s called tailgating because it’s typically done from the back of a vehicle in a parking lot. While this tradition is most commonly associated with American football (especially college football) it can be enjoyed at any major sporting event. If you plan on tailgating on game day, you’ll want to bring the following:
- A cooler: A cooler is a must-have for any tailgate. You’ll need to store your food and drinks, and a cooler will keep everything cold.
- A grill: It’s not uncommon to grill out at a tailgate. If you plan on making some food, consider bringing a grill along.
- Chairs: Odds are you’ll be hanging out with a few friends, so be sure to bring some fold-up chairs that can easily be stored in your car after use.
- Beverages: Make sure to pack plenty of cold drinks for your tailgate.
- Food: Pack plenty of food for your group. Burgers, hot dogs, and chicken are all great options if you plan to grill out.
- A flag or banner: A flag or banner is a great way to show your team spirit at the game.
- Napkins, plates, and utensils: These are all items you’ll need if you plan on grilling out during the tailgate.
- Sunscreen: Make sure to pack sunscreen, especially if you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors.
- Bug spray: Depending on where you live, you may want to pack some bug spray. For example, if you’re going to a game in Florida or New Orleans, you’ll want to keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay during the summer months.
Going to a sports game can be a fun and memorable experience, especially if you’re going with friends and family. These are some items you should be sure to bring with you.