In the latest evidence that the sports in-home viewing experience has possibly trumped the in-stadium one, ticket sales were slow for the first week of the National Football League's marquee stretch of games.Well, yeah. It's a no-brainer. Let's talk about the choice. The only real experience I have with big stadiums is with my beloved LSU Tigers, but I'd rather sit at home than go to the stadium. Why? It's simple.
I have to drive to the stadium, a 100 mile drive, then I have to find a place to park and walk a mile to the stadium, then I have to stand in line with my expensive ticket. If I have nose-bleed seats, I have to crawl up into the top of the stadium, brave the weather, and watch the game through binoculars. If I want something to eat, a hot dog is $5.00 and I'm going to buy one for everyone in my party. It's easy to drop $100.00 on concessions at a Division 1 college ball game. Then, after the game is over, we do the whole thing in reverse, crawl down from the stadium, walk a mile to find the car, then drive home 100 miles. Yeah, I want to do that several times a year.
Or, I can sit home on the couch, or at my local bar, watch the game free-of-charge, and enjoy the company of like-minded friends and family, with magnificent front-row seats and instant replays. The company is great, the seats are magnificent, the climate is controlled, and do you know how many hot dogs I can make for $100.00? It's a no-brainer. I don't care if I ever go into another stadium for a big football game. It's not worth the time, money, nor effort.
Now, if college (and NFL) ball, get the tickets down to $5.00, with a dollor hot dog, I might fhink about going to their overpriced, inconvenient stadiums, but until then, if I want to sit in bleachers, I'll go to the ball park and watch my beloved Bolton high school.