NFL football is the most watched sport in the United States, with 64 percent of the country tuning in according to TV By The Numbers. So, why not make it a family affair?
Head to the Stadium
If possible, catch one or two games at the stadium. Ticket prices vary from team to team, as well as throughout the year. For example, the New York Jets have some of the most expensive tickets in the NFL, says ESPN. They average $117 per ticket, so if you have the misfortune of living in a high ticket price area, this is something you need to plan for far in advance. While it might end up costing the same as a small vacation, seeing the game in person brings an energy that doesn’t always come through on the television set.
If you don’t want to shell out quite that much money for a night of football watching, check for family days during the team’s training camps. You can get in for free or low cost. You also have a better chance at getting to interact with the players directly for autographs and other lasting memories.
Watch event calendars during training camps and throughout the season to see if your local football team makes appearances at other venues as well. They may do promotional events that let you see the team in action without the high ticket price. These events might even have contests and sweepstakes to let you win free tickets.
Living Room Fun
You want to create a perfect setup in the living room for family time, as well as ways to keep younger children distracted in case they lose interest in the game. The most essential component is having a sports package available through your television provider. According to www.GetDirectTV.org, NFL Sunday Ticket provides access to up to 14 games on game day, and up to 200 out of market games for the entire season. If you have casual sports fans in your family, this package covers the basics.
If you, your partner, or your children really love football and Sunday Ticket just isn’t enough, consider the NFL Sunday Ticket Max option. It’s still going to cost you a lot less than shuffling the entire family to the actual stadium, plus you get coverage of every single play, the NFL Red Zone channel, NFL games on demand, player tracking, and short cuts. The short cut feature is particularly suitable for younger children who don’t understand why teams call so many time outs and have countless commercial breaks. This feature takes all of that out and presents the complete game in a 30 minute format.