It finally happened – the guys have scored some tickets and you will get to see your idols play against another team live. No more sitting at home and enduring commercials. You will be right where the action is, cheering and cursing the ref with the rest of them. As amazing as all of that is, there are a few things you need to know before you head out to your first football match.
Just like with any other major event, there is a lot of demand for tickets and the supply is (obviously) limited. Your best bet is to buy tickets as soon as they are available and to do so online. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, you won’t have to stand in line or camp out in the cold only to be told 5 hours later that they’re sold out. Secondly, it is usually much easier to pick out seats when you do it online. No sweat.
As much as it is humanly possible, avoid scalpers. You need to understand that the tickets purchased there will be much more expensive than the ones bought on time. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that the tickets sold are legitimate – there is simply no way to check, especially if you’re in a rush. Finally, scalping is illegal in many places, so there is a possibility you will lose both your money and the game altogether if you’re caught.
Keep Your Money and Tickets Safe
Pickpockets are everywhere where there is a lot of foot traffic. Keep your money and tickets in a place that is hard to reach. The inside coat pocket is a relatively easy target, but not if you can zip the pocket and the coat. Don’t take your tickets out until you reach the people who are getting paid to take them from you.
The Opposing Team
Football fans all over the world can be hot-headed. It is a part of the football culture. It’s us versus them. Do not engage and try to stay away from the fans of the opposing team. Even minor conflicts can turn into a riot. There is one more thing we’ve neglected to mention regarding buying tickets – many football stadiums have designated seats for fans of certain clubs. Do your research to make sure you don’t wind up where you’re not supposed to be.
Things Not to Bring
Safety is a pretty big deal when attending any event, especially if it’s a sporting event. Don’t bring flares, weapons, or even lighters. These things will get confiscated at the entrance and you might be banned from attending the match. You will get searched thoroughly at the entrance (maybe not as thoroughly as at an airport, but still) and the security will not appreciate unpleasant surprises. It doesn’t matter how skilled you think you are with these things, it’s not worth it.
Another thing you shouldn’t bring to the game is food and beverages. The rules are not the same at every venue, so it is a good idea to check out the dos and don’ts. We know that it’s a scam and a racket, or whatever you want to call it, but public events like a football match need to earn money. That’s why the drinks and snacks are ridiculously overpriced.