Watch the Game at a Local Sports Bar
In 2017, there were 17.26 million people who attend the NFL football games during the regular season — that’s more than the entire population of Guatemala! But, even though so many people attend NFL football games at the stadiums, there are other, better ways to watch your favorite games. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of choosing your local sports bar to watch your favorite teams.
Stadium Versus Local Bar Watch-Experience
The age-old dispute between stadium and bar spectatorship has long been discussed. There are many who believe that stadium viewership is the only way in which you can watch your favorite team play. At the same time, there are others that choose to watch the game at their local bar or pub. And, others, choose to watch the game from the comfort of their lazy boy chair.
Though each person has there own way of watching, the debate over which way to watch is best is often argued. Local bars and pubs offer a gaming experience like no other. In a bar, you can drink, chat, and cheer your favorite team without the hassle of attending a stadium. The following is why you should go to a bar, not a stadium.
When you go to a sports game, you will have to drive to the stadium in almost-definite city traffic. Most stadiums are situated near a highway, which means you will have to gingerly drive through crowds and lines of cars to try to get to the stadium. For most, the idea of driving city traffic is enough to pull your hair out. Second, your senses of spatial awareness have to be hyper-observant, as people can sometimes miraculously forget how to drive. So, to try not to get in an accident before the big game, you have to be cautious, which typically means your anxiety levels are at an all-time high.
Who knew that a few feet of parking space would cost so much money? Well, stadiums will do their best to over-charge for parking if they can. That means that if you happen to survive the freeway and crossing lanes to get to the parking lot, you have to cough up a crisp $20 bill in order to park your vehicle.
And, that doesn’t necessarily mean you shiny car won’t get a few dings on it while you are watching the game. For some reason, the prospect of watching the home team makes people forget common courtesy, which typically means that they will swing their car doors open wide enough to let the two car doors kiss. This affection from a strangers car to yours results in a pretty sizable ding that you can only react to by swallowing your untamable rage and try to forget until after the game.
Crowds are quite possibly the most annoying part of game day, which is ironic, as most game-goers say that the crowd aspect of the game is why they go in the first place. True, when you go to a football game, you can be surrounded by other fans and feel the excitement or anger over the game. Together, a crowd can cheer during a touchdown or boo during a bad call. However, you don’t have to be at a stadium for this type of spectator experience.
Bars allow you to have the same experience, but without having to brave the crowds of people or make the awkward journey to your seats; which are typically up flights of stairs and past cheering, drunk people. Also, the quality of stadium experiences rely on what section you are watching the game and who specifically is in that section. What this means is that different people watch their team differently. Some people assume that because they are in a stadium, they need to stand the entire game and block everyone’s view with large signs. This means, that if you are older or shorter, watching the game can sometimes be a challenge. After all, not many people can stand up the entire two and a half hours. Eventually, you will have to sit down and have the stunning view of an obnoxious stranger’s backside.
The Expense of Beer and Food
No game is complete without a delicious brew. But at a stadium, you have to prepare yourself for the anxiety-inducing experience of trying to pay for your beer and hotdog. Games can encourage you to get thirsty for a beverage and a bite of food, but stadiums are normally packed with people which means satiating your thirst and hunger can be a bit angering. First, you have to awkwardly squeeze your way through people to find the stairs. As you walk down the stairs, you have to take a mental note of where you are sitting, as every section of the stadium most likely looks the same. Second, once you make it down to the main floor of the stadium, you have to find the line (yes, there is always a line) for the concession stands. Now you have to stand and wait in line while crowd members try to wiggle their way through the line. You are most likely to wait for a good 10 minutes before someone asks you what you want. Once you receive your food, you are likely to feel a mini heart-attack when you realize how much money you just spent on booze and snacks. And, bless your heart if you think you are going to make it back to your seat without spilling a drop of your $14 beer.
The Weather Risks
No one likes waiting out in the cold, huddled together like penguins — except for football fans, of course. Even if you are smart enough to bundle up and even bring a poncho, standing out in the elements can be miserable. And, depending on where you live, frigid to blistering temperatures are a possibility. Who doesn’t like to be packed in a stadium full of frozen or sweating people? I am sure the frostbite or smell of sweat won’t last long, right?
Matt & John’s Gametime Sports Bar gives our customers an alternate viewing experience. Our bar is able to provide multiple viewing screens, all in the comfort of a temperature controlled bar. Here, you will be able to choose your beverages with easy and pay for them at a price you can appreciate. Best of all, our sports lounge offers comfortable seating amidst an unforgettable viewing experience. The next time you think watching from a stadium is a good choice, watch your favorite team from the comfort of our sports bar. Visit today!