The results from a recent investigation into the cost of going to watch a football game made for shocking reading. I remember when it cost a couple of quid to get in and the only other expense was something like 50p for a hamburger on the way home. Nowadays it seems that it is becoming an ever more exclusive sport, especially for retired people like my Dad, who used to take me to the matches all those years ago.
To be fair, the same can for said for a lot of other sports too, as rising costs keep people away from them. A trip to the pub to watch it on a big screen used to be a pretty decent option but even this has lot a bit of its appeal due to rising prices.
So it looks like staying at home and watching the big game in the living room is the only way forward for my old man. A bit sad really, isn’t it? Actually, it doesn’t have to be sad at all if I can brighten up match days for him with a few ideas and gifts like these.
Make Some Themed Food
Watching an Italian footie game? Get in the pizza. A US baseball match? Hot dog, anyone? What about when Barcelona and Real Madrid go head to head? Maybe paella or a trip online to get recipes for some tapas. It might not sound like much but giving him little treats like these can help him enjoy the build up to the game and remember it long afterwards.
Get Some Friends Over
There is no reason for my Dad to watch his favourite sports alone. I have 4 or 5 mates who are always keen to get together for a laugh and a bit of sporting action. The only time I watch alone is when it is a game I really want to watch without any interruptions. In these cases even the dog gets the boot and I settle down to enjoy it in peace.
Think of the Furnishings
How do you like to watch a game? My Dad loves to sprawl on his stomach and I prefer to sit upright in a comfy chair. We all have different tastes on this score and you just need to find the right furniture for your Dad’s approach. I personally like to choose from a shop which sells both chairs and televisions, so I can watch something while I try the chair out.
Get the Right TV
One of my friends has a giant screen and another has one of these cool TV mirrors. If you have a massive room to fill then screen size will be important. If space is at a premium than TV mirrors are a smart choice. These are frames which go on the wall and let you fit a slim telly into them. They are called TV mirrors because they turn into mirrors when you switch off the TV. These are fantastic and stylish but the only problem is that if your team gets beaten and you switch the thing off in anger you will be confronted by your own glum face. I reckon that if I get my old man one of these he won’t ever miss a game again.