We usually get the jaw drop reaction whenever we tell anyone we took Michael with us to a sports game. Our most recent outting was no different. As I had mentioned in an earlier post this week, we ventured out to San Diego to watch a Sunday Night Football game between our beloved Baltimore Ravens & the San Diego Chargers (Boo!) Here's a few tips we found helpful through our experience:
1. Do your research: When purchasing our tickets, we thoroughly researched Ticketmaster. We even called a rep, who was able to locate us the most perfect seats (see photo above). Aisle seats are the best option for anyone with a baby. They provide an easy in & out. Getting the last row of a section is also great, as you only have to worry about the people in front of you. (Side note- Getting the first row is good too, but you would usually have to walk up in order to get to concessions, restrooms, etc.) You can even get your choice of covered seating beforehand.
Research the stadium's website too. It provides all information for you- where the nearest family changing rooms are, all concession stands, the closest parking, what you can or cannot bring into the stadium, and so much more. It's such a timesaver and a lifesaver knowing exactly where to go.
2. Layer: It's winter folks. Although we were lucky to watch a game in California weather, we still layered Michael. Layer with the thinest layer of clothing first, adding thicker outerwear as need be. Under-shrits, thermals, hoodies and jackets are perfect.
3. Prepare for the worst, but expect the best: We barely made it to watch the kick-off. We left the game before it ended. We were well equipped with 2 baby bags, one for me, one for husband. Diapers, toys and water were all prepared for any situation we would face. We still had a great time because we knew our sports experience would be different with a baby in tow.
4. Have fun!: Self-explanatory. Enjoy your time with your spouse/significant-other and your little one. Before you know it, the game is over and you guys will be talking about it for years to come.
We don't plan on stopping our sports outings as the NBA finally starts their season this Christmas. If you have any other helpful tips, please do share with us.