Easy Ways to Save Money on Sporting Events

From home openers to the playoffs, attending sporting events can get pricey. When it comes to the big leagues, two people spend an average of $77.92 at a regular MLB game. If we’re talking about snagging a seat at the Super Bowl, a ticket alone went for an average of $1,325 in 2016. The average cost of a ticket to Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals? A jaw-dropping $2,153.

If you’re on a budget, how can you enjoy sporting events without overspending? Here are some easy ways to save money while getting your sports game fix.

Attend Minor League Games
Minor league games can be just as fun as their major league counterparts and cost just a fraction of the price. Two adults attending a minor league baseball game can expect to pay only $36, making an average savings of almost $42.

Want to bring the whole family? A minor league game day for a family of four will only run you $64.18. And because there are more minor than major league teams, you’ll have more options to find a game that’s close to home and fits your schedule.

Hunt for Deals
Poke around for discounted tickets online. Sites like ScoreBig, SeatGeek and Gametime help you find the best ticket prices for sports games and other live events. Since some of the deals are for last-minute tickets, you may have to fly by the seat of your pants, but you’ll enjoy a seat in the stands without spending a small fortune.

Pack Your Own Snacks
Skip the pricey concessions and pack your own snacks instead. While you may not be able to bring a cooler full of food, you can probably pack your own nibbles. When in doubt, check beforehand to make sure that bringing food is allowed.

If you prefer to get your grub on in a big way during games, you can see if all-you-can-eat options or food-and-ticket combos are worth the cost. If you’re hungry enough and have enough friends who want to go to a game, for example, group rates for an All-You-Can-Eat seat at a Dodgers game start at $33 per person.

Find a Different Way to Get There
Consider carpooling or taking public transit to get to the game. Not only will you be saving money, but you’ll also spare yourself the hassle of getting into and out of the parking lot. Besides taking a bus, train or light rail, there may be a shuttle to transport you to the stadium. Plus, there’s something exciting about hopping on the train and meeting fellow fans who are also headed to the game.

Search for Giveaways
There are lots of promotional giveaways for sports tickets. From your employer to your local radio station, keep your ears open for chances to win. For example, people who follow KeyBank on Twitter and Facebook can have the chance to win tickets to games in their area by answering questions and tagging them with the hashtag #KeyInsider.

Head Over to the Sports Bar
Part of the fun of seeing a game live is spending time with other fans who share your passion. You don’t need to head to the stadium to feel that energy. Treat yourself to some food and libations by enjoying the game at your local sports bar. You’ll still engage in camaraderie with fellow sports lovers and give high-fives when your team scores. Some sports bars also offer special discounts on game days. So put on your team’s jersey and watch the game on a big-screen TV.

Enjoying sports games doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. By being savvy, you can find easy ways to save money while rooting for your favorite team.

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