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Attending a Sporting Event Checklist

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America loves sports — playing them and watching them. In the 2018-2019 season alone, more than 153,000 people attended one of the five major sports league games. Sporting events can be loud, even chaotic, and exciting. They're a place for players and spectators to come together and celebrate the fun of the game.

Whether you're a player, a coach, a spectator or just someone going for tailgating food, we have a sporting event checklist to make your preparations easier.

What to Bring When You're Playing or Coaching

As a player or coach, there are several things you should bring to each game to keep you performing at your best, including:

  • Your uniform and all required gear
  • Plenty of water
  • High-protein snacks, such as energy bars
  • A duffel bag to keep your items safe
  • A change of clothes, including extra socks in case of rain
  • Sunscreen
  • An insulated jacket
  • A sport towel
  • Rain gear to wear when you're not playing

If you're coaching a sports game, you should bring all of the above items, as well as:

  • Playboards
  • A small first aid kit
  • A whistle
  • Team emergency contact information if applicable

What to Bring When You're Watching

Here is what to bring to a sports game as a spectator — other than plenty of team spirit, of course:

  • Your tickets
  • A comfortable seat cushion
  • Binoculars if you're seated near the back
  • Comfortable shoes
  • A blanket or insulated jacket
  • Bug spray
  • Rain gear
  • Fan gear and team clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • A portable cell phone charger
  • Noisemakers
  • Sunscreen to apply before and during the game
  • Money — cash and card — and an ID card for purchasing concessions and souvenirs

The Tailgating Essentials

One of the best parts of attending a sporting event is enjoying a tailgating party with your friends. Here are the things to bring to a sports game tailgating party:

  • A tailgating tent
  • A cooler filled with ice and drinks
  • Music and speakers
  • Games, such as cornhole or ladder ball
  • A portable grill
  • Food, like hot dogs and hamburgers
  • Condiments and utensils
  • Plenty of comfortable chairs
  • Blankets
  • Rain ponchos
  • Trash bags to clean up afterward

Get Active at Spooky Nook Sports

Love sports? We do too. In fact, we're the country's largest indoor sports complex. At Spooky Nook Sports, we offer several coed sports leagues with regulation courts, playfields and a climate-controlled dome. Some of the sports teams you'll find here include:

  • Flag football
  • Traditional football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Gymnastics
  • Fencing
  • Climbing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Bubble Ball
  • Dodgeball
  • Field hockey
  • Volleyball

At Spooky Nook Sports, sports can be played competitively or just for fun. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of their physical fitness or experience level. If you're an athlete, you should also consider visiting our fitness center as you train for your upcoming sporting event.

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