I’ve attended many college football games, several NBA and WNBA games, a few minor league baseball games, a few college basketball games, one Major League Baseball game, a minor league hockey match, and two Indy 500 races.
I don’t know where I got my love of sports. It probably came from all those sporting events that I watched with my dad when I was a kid. But watching a sporting event live and in person obviously brings far more excitement than just watching it on television. I’m not sure that there’s many things out there in life that bring me more excitement than getting to attend a live sporting event.
My dad and I would always go to our yearly NBA Jazz games and our yearly trip with the local church group to BYU football games. Sometimes the whole family would attend. My sisters and I always looked forward to getting a cup of ice cream and a salted pretzel during each game. When we went to the BYU games, we would always root for the visiting team. (My dad and I both hate BYU, like father like son.)
Casey and I began going to Utah football games pretty early in our marriage. We tried to make each home game until Casey got too pregnant with Addie to get to the top of the stadium, which is where I prefer to sit. I just didn’t feel comfortable asking my pregnant wife to waddle up to my favorite seat in Rice-Eccles Stadium.
We moved to Indiana shortly after Addie was born, which only allowed us to attend Utah football games that were held close to Indianapolis. Unfortunately, Utah has only played a handful of games since we moved here.
We gradually began attending other local sporting events. The one that made the greatest impression is easily the Indianapolis 500. My wife and I have both attended the Indy 500 twice (only once together). And we’ve loved it each time.
Although attending the race will not turn into an annual event for our family, I hope my kids get the opportunity to go with us one day. However, I am even more excited to take my daughters to their first Utah football game. It probably won’t happen for a few more years, but I want Addie and Vivi to experience the college football atmosphere and the excitement it brings.
This may sound weird, but I really think that going to more football games and other sporting events with my wife would have strengthened our marriage. I can’t think of a single fight or disagreement my wife and I have had while at a sporting event. In fact, outside Utah’s recent loss to Notre Dame, all I can remember about those games is happiness.
Here are some pictures of sporting events that Casey and I have attended over the past few years:
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