I know I disappeared from the blog for almost a week, but it’s been a very, very busy week here. This weekend it was my boyfriend’s birthday so we went to visit his family all weekend, then went to a Buffalo Bill’s game on Sunday and stayed over. We didn’t get home until Monday and I have been busy with work (Christmas party season). Other than the extra busy work schedule, we are back to a somewhat regular routine until Christmas at least so I’m hoping to be able to write a bit more.
The Bill’s game was a fairly expensive outing, and it makes me wonder how there are many people out there with seasons tickets/that go many times in a season. Take a look at the costs it can entail to be an avid football tailgater :
Game Tickets : $75
This is probably around the average for a ticket. Ours luckily only cost us $25 due to a great discount a friend go through work.
Football Gear : $100
Jerseys are expensive. Most of the people I saw had multiple items like hats, gloves, scarfs, signs, even pants! It was pretty unreal.
Transportation : $50
This could be less if people carpooled or drove themselves to the game, but the easiest option if you wish to drink at the game is to take a coach bus to the game or get a limo (I know a limo sounds silly but it ended up costing us less than taking a bus with strangers on it)
Alcohol / Food for Tailgating : $25
Since you’re typically there for 3 hours before the game, if you plan on drinking you need some alcohol for before-hand and some food for lunch. We brought a mini-bbq and made hotdogs, hamburgers, and sausages and some salads. Not exactly a healthy day but it’s okay to splurge every once in awhile.
Alcohol / Food During the Game : $25
The beer inside the stadium is $9 a pint. So expensive!! If you get two of them over 3 hours and a pretzel when you’re inevitably hungry again, it’d be about $25.
Total Cost : $175, or $275 with the cost of gear if you don’t have any already.
Overall, the game was a lot of money for us to go, but it was worth it for our yearly trip. We really don’t ever spend money on going away for the weekend, so I don’t mind when we do have to do it every once in awhile. I don’t think I’ll ever be a regular tailgater, but I can understand why people like to do it so much. It’s a lot of fun; you can feel the excitement in the air and with a big group of friends it’s great. Everyone is really friendly with each other as well, because they share a common bond in their love for their favourite sports team.