Hobbies are important, but for some people, hobbies are more than that, they become a passion. This is why you see so many people get excited over watching sports like football, tennis, basketball, athletics, or any other sport, particularly when there are teams involved.
Fans get very emotional when their favorite players make plays, whether in team sports or individual. Watching sports from an uncomfortable location or in a non-optimal way can make a good experience worse and a bad one unbearable. This is how you can improve your watching experience so consider these tips.
Find the Right Company – You Can Also Be Alone
Watching with that one friend who always yells and tells the player which play to make or which play they should have made is really annoying. One can do without that friend while an emotional match is taking place. On another hand, the right company is always appreciated. Someone who can hype the others up and calm them after a bad play. Someone who can bring the mood up if the team happens to lose. The right company can make or break the spectating experience.
Take note that you can also watch games on your own, which can greatly improve the experience, if the right friends cannot be found or are not available.
Get the Right Setup – No Disturbances
The right setup is also half the viewing experience. When you have the right TV, a crisp clear picture and the necessary silence to immerse yourself in the match, you can enjoy it. Try to turn off your mobile phone, or at least put it on silent mode, unless you are watching with your friends, but at a distance.
Some people have video calls while watching a match, which makes the experience that much better, if the friends are the right ones to watch a match with. Other than that case and an emergency, consider having your phone as silent as possible.
Consider Pubs or Watch Parties
Some people thrive in a crowded area, like a pub or a watch party. The latter have become more common, especially with a global pandemic raging across the world. With that in mind, it is possible to enjoy a match with the rest of the fans. Be sure to enter the right pub, even more so if it is a football match. Football fans can be more than just passionate at times. If it is a watch party, a quick search should give you some results and find the right fan base. One should most likely stay away from “free” streams, as the community there only seems to focus on bashing teams and players, rather than enjoying a sport.
Get the Snacks and Drinks – It Might be a Long Game
Some matches can exceed 5 hours, depending on the sport. If you have to watch 3 football games, that is at least 4.5 hours of watch time, not including breaks and commercials. Find the right snacks and drinks and make sure to stock up if you plan on having an actual game night, implying more than a single game.
Whether alcoholic or soft drinks, make sure to stock up and stay hydrated, it might be a long time before all the matches are done. Either way, be prepared.
Having the perfect game night depends on a few things, the sport you are watching, your own mindset and passion towards the team or player or sport, your friends, the atmosphere you are watching in and whether you have enough food and drinks. Remember to have fun, no matter the result.