Big Game Etiquette: Pro Tips to Show Your Spirit at Sporting Events

Big Game Etiquette: Pro Tips to Show Your Spirit at Sporting Events 

Sports have the unique ability to bring us together and well, can also turn us against each other! I'm sharing my big game etiquette and some pro tips to show your good natured spirit at sporting events.

By spirit I mean your gracious heart when the other team loses AND showing your excitement for the home team that respects those around you.

Here's the TL;DR version of my list of pro sports etiquette tips to keep in mind for the big day both at the stadium and in your TV room!

Pro Tips to Show Your Spirit at Sporting Events

  • Stand and remove any head covering during the National Anthem.
  • Stand when people entering or exiting row. Don’t just move knees.
  • Say pardon me and make eye contact when entering and exiting your row.
  • When leaving allow people to join the river in the stands to exit.
  • Trash talk is fine but don’t curse.

And now let's dig in a little deeper to making sure everyone enjoys game day!

Sit up, grab your foam finger, and let's run through my pro tips to make sure your game day experience is a grand slam for everyone involved!

Know Your Colors

Picture this: You show up to a college football game, decked out in the opposing team's colors. It's like bringing a salad to a BBQ – just not cool.

So, before you head to the game, double-check which colors are sacred to your team. You don't want to accidentally end up looking like a double agent in enemy territory!

Respect Personal Space

We get it – that last-minute touchdown had you jumping for joy, but remember to be mindful of your fellow fans.

Not everyone appreciates an impromptu dance routine in their personal bubble.

Keep the celebrations within reason, and save the victory laps for when you're in the clear. It's all about creating a vibe that's more high-fives than high-tensions.

Master the Art of the Heckle

A well-timed heckle can be the icing on the cake of a great game day. However, it's a delicate art.

Keep it light-hearted, avoid personal jabs, and remember, we're all here for a good time.

A witty remark about the opponent's mascot is fair game, but lay off the heavy artillery. After all, we're sports fans, not gladiators.

Share the Snacks

Nothing brings people together like sharing a giant pretzel or a bucket of nachos.

Be the fan who invites others to join in the feast. It's like forming a strategic alliance – your taste buds and theirs, united against hunger.

Plus, it's a great way to break the ice and make new friends. Who knows, you might find your game day snack buddy!

Cheer, Don't Jeer

We all have our favorite players, and sure, sometimes they might fumble or miss a crucial shot.

Resist the urge to unleash a storm of boos – remember, they're human too.

Instead, channel your inner coach and offer words of encouragement.

Your positive vibes might just be the boost they need to turn the game around.

Keep it PG

Sure, emotions run high during a game, but please keep it family-friendly.

There's no need for a verbal onslaught that would make a sailor blush. Remember, there might be kiddos around, future sports enthusiasts in the making.

So, keep the language in check, and save the colorful expressions for when you're in the privacy of your own living room.

Learn the Chants

Being a true fan isn't just about the outfit; it's about the vocal cords, too.

Get familiar with the team chants and fight songs. It's like learning the lyrics to your favorite jam – when the chorus hits, you want to be singing along with the crowd.

Bonus points if you can belt out the alma mater without missing a beat!

Be a Good Sport – Win or Lose

A game isn't always won, and not every day is game day.

Whether your team is riding high on a winning streak or weathering a losing streak, maintain your sportsmanship.

Celebrate the victories with humility and support your team through the losses.

Remember, it's the journey, not just the destination, that makes being a sports fan so exhilarating.

Leave No Trace – Except Your Team's Mark

Think of the stadium as a sacred ground where memories are made and victories are celebrated.

Respect that space by cleaning up after yourself. Don't be the fan who leaves a trail of discarded hot dog wrappers and soda cups. 

So there you have it, sports aficionados – pro tips to ensure you're the MVP of sports etiquette.

Remember, it's not just about the game; it's about the camaraderie, the shared excitement, and the memories made with fellow fans.

So go out there, represent your team with pride, and may your sportsmanship shine brighter than the stadium lights!


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