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Sport savings at athletic events

Tickets are not getting any cheaper. For families that want to take to a pro sporting event, the wallet or purse better be pretty deep. Even if you have the money for the tickets, you undoubtedly will end up paying for parking, food, and a souvenir or two. How can the pro sports fan walk away from the event not only satisfied with the performance of his or her team, but also with some money left in their pockets? 
Tickets Ticket prices have increased across the board for professional sports, but there are some ways to save. If you don’t mind taking a chance, look to buy right before the game starts. Scalpers will be more than happy to drop the price a few dollars in order to not get stuck with unused tickets. Also look to the team’s website for what are known as “ticket exchanges” involving season ticket holders. These are folks who bought tickets for the season, yet often will not be able to or want to go to every home match. 
Parking Stadiums charge $20 or more to park your vehicle during an event. As long as it is safe, look for parking outside the arena or stadium lot. You can often find parking in adjacent neighborhoods. Some local businesses will also open their lots, typically for less. Make sure you leave your vehicle in a safe and legal parking spot!
Food Plan ahead; eat and drink before the event. While some venues will let you bring food in, most prohibit drinks, including bottled water. If you’ve gone to a pro sporting event recently, it is not unheard of to have to cough up $5 for a bottled water. Fill your pockets with snacks to munch on during the game. If you need a drink during the game, stay away from the team’s souvenir cup - typically more expensive than a regular-sized drink.
Souvenirs Unless its something you absolutely have to leave the game with, you might be able to save a few dollars by shopping online at the retailers who sell such items. One down side to that is that you may end up paying a processing and/or shipping fee to get the merchandise sent to you. If you buy at the game itself, look among the racks for sale items, as some teams will run sales during the season, from 20 to 50% off.
Going to a pro sporting event is fun, but that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.
About the Author: With 23 years’ writing experience, Dave Thomas writes about a variety of small business topics.


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