I am not a sports person. Period. I never played sports growing up, and I know limited information about most major sports. The extent of knowledge I have about sports is what I learned in elementary school. Sports just aren't my thing. However, I actually really enjoy going to professional sporting events! There's something about the energy at games that is electrifying, even for non-sporty people. I recently went to a baseball game with my friends and thought of some tips to going to sporting events for people who aren't sports people so that you can have have fun and enjoy the game!
Tip #1: Show Team Spirit
When going to a sporting event, you need to look the part. Fake it 'til you make it! The key is to not go overboard with team spirit. Team shirts are always a great option, and you don't need to spend a lot of money on them. You can usually find team shirts at local stores in the area, such as Target and Walmart. You can even order some on Amazon! Hats are also a great option, because they are subtle and can also serve a function (such as a baseball hat shading your face at a baseball game, or a winter hat keeping you warm at a hockey game).
Tip #2: Eat Classic Food
Part of what makes sporting events fun is the culture that surrounds them. That means food! There are certain stadium staples that you should definitely spend the ridiculous amount of money for in order to enjoy the game. $5 for a hotdog? Sold! $9.50 for a beer? Worth it! You don't have to go crazy on the food, but just remember that it's part of the experience.
Tip #3: Follow the Crowd
I am all for being a unique individual in this crazy world and showing everyone who you truly are. However, when you are at a sporting event and don't understand the rules of the game, you need to just do what everybody else is doing. I'm talking chant when other people are chanting, cheer when other people are cheering, and clap when other people are clapping. Just make sure you are supporting the right team! Unless the visiting team is your favorite, you should probably stick with cheering for the home team. That's your safest bet.
Tip #4: Document the Experience
Take pictures! You don't want to go overboard and look like a major tourist, but you do want to document the experience. Remember that you are at the game to have fun and make memories, and I am a firm believer in taking pictures to remember experiences. Don't take so many pictures that you don't watch the game and take some of it in, but take some cute ones with your friends to post on social media. You're not a sports person, so you want to show off that you can still have fun at sporting events!
Tip #5: Know the Final Score
Before you leave, make sure you take note of the final score. People are sure to ask you how the game was, especially if you post pictures on social media, so you want to at least know how the game ended. What team won? Were there any exciting parts of the game? You may not know many of the details (I sure don't), but at least be able to share with family and friends how the game went.
So next time someone invites you to a sporting event, don't worry if you're not a sports person. You don't have to be to have a good time and make some good memories!