Sporting a Good Deal

Boston is an amazing town for sports fans, but there’s no doubt about it: going to watch a game in a championship town like ours means empty pockets. With tickets costing hundreds of dollars and feeding a family of four at the stadium approaching the three-figure mark, checking out a Celtics or Bruins game might be a once-a-season treat. But there are ways to check out the New England sports scene for less.

Go Semi-Pro: Start out with the CoupMe deal for the Worcester Sharks. $20 gets you a seat at any of the games this season and a Sharks t-shirt. The Sharks are part of the American Hockey League (AHL) that serves as the developmental circuit for the NHL, similar to a baseball farm team. Not only are these games cheaper to go to with all the same hockey action, but you might have a chance to see some of the world’s next breakout sports stars before they strike it big. College games are also an awesome option. Other semi-pro teams in New England include:

Check Out Offbeat Sports: Boston is a baseball, football and hockey town, so if you like a different sport, you’re in luck. Check out the New England Revolution for soccer games that bring the likes of David Beckham to Boston, and The Boston Blazers for professional lacrosse that would compete with the most intense hockey game.

Skip the Stadium: Let’s face it: half the reason we like to go to the game is for the atmosphere. Luckily, there are a ton of bars and restaurants around Fenway and the TD Garden that will give you the same effect–but tickets are free and the food is cheaper. And you don’t have to watch any fat guys with letter painted on their bellies taking off their shirts. Check out Game On! for the chance to be crushed in the pre-game Sox crowd but get the bar to yourself afterwards. (They even have ticket giveaways, so you might score the cheapest ticket of all: free!) Over by the Garden, The Penalty Box offers cheap beer and the chance to join the revelry as crowds stream out of the Garden (or to beat the rush to the T by five minutes!).

Get Up Close and Personal When There’s No Game: If it’s the stadium experience you’re after, you can get it for $10 or less at the Sports Museum at the TD Garden. See the Beanpot trophy, the Boston Garden Penalty Box, salvaged when the original Garden was torn down, Larry Bird’s locker, Adam Vinatieri’s shoes, and a nose guard from early football games. Tons of sports memorabilia chronicling a special slice of Boston’s history is on display.

What are your tips and tricks to watching Boston sports for less?

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