Time flies fast and it is now almost NBA season! The first game of the season on October 28 is actually a Texas showdown: defending NBA champs San Antonio Spurs versus our very own Dallas Mavericks. Hooha!
Last year, The Husband and I were able to support our home team with a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. I don’t know if we had balats on our pwets (i.e. birthmarks on our derrieres, which supposedly bring bad luck) maybe that’s why the Mavs lost?
Hopefully this year, we’d be able to enjoy another game live. Here are some lessons we’ve learned on how to make the most out of watching a live NBA game:
1. If you want to watch games against more popular teams, save extra money as costs for these tickets are a little more expensive than usual.
Okay, I’m no NBA expert, but definitely expect this with teams like LA Lakers or New York Knicks.
2. Watch out for promotions of your home team on Black Friday.
The Husband and I got our tickets 50% off from the Dallas Mavericks website, which offered the promotion on Black Friday (i.e. The Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday). Its a pretty sweet deal since we got good seats close to the courts and the entrance to the team’s dugout.
3. Speaking of good seats, make sure you get good seats.
You actually choose your seats. If you can afford them, go get courtside seats. But if not, I think the lower courtside seats are good enough.
The following sections at the American Airlines Center are the ones near the dugouts: 109, 110, 111, 114, 115 and 116. You get the chance to see your favorite players up close and maybe even get a high five from them.
The Husband even got a high five from Dirk Nowitzki! So cool!
4. If you’re deal and discount hungry, cheapskates like us, find a safe place with free parking.
Parking in stadiums can cost between $5 to as high as $15, at least in the American Airlines Center in Dallas. But if you’re praning (i.e. paranoid) and just don’t want to deal with car related crimes, then save up for paid parking.
5. Eat a full meal before going to the game.
Again, stadium food is expensive and not necessarily great, so fill yer tummy up before catching the game.
6. Bring along a radio
When you watch the game live, you don’t get the commentators yapping about the game, the team or player stats, and what not. So if you’re not used to that, it would be nice to listen to them while watching the game before your very eyes.
Download a radio app or maybe bring a tiny radio for your listening pleasure.
7. If you’re a real NBA fan, willing to watch home games all season, why not get a season ticket?
You will end up paying less for the tickets per game. And you can even share the tickets with fellow NBA enthusiasts. At a cost, of course! This is me trying to be entrepreneurial. Haha!
Check out the game schedules, scores and buy tickets from the NBA website here
Happy watching everyone!