By Kirstie Pratt
American Football dominates our country during the fall all the way to the Super Bowl which is usually held in early February. I have gone to many football games from little league, high school, college, and even professional NFL games. I have always enjoyed my time at any game I went to, even if I was freezing or it was raining. In America, I have only been to a few soccer games. I played it when I was younger but never really knew of any professional teams or followed my school teams. It just wasn’t something I was interested in when I grew older. While studying in England I had the chance to go to a premier league game. It was definitely a crazy, fun night, but I still believe that American football is better in many ways.
First of all, the price was super cheap. I got a front row ticket to the match for 7 pounds, which is about 10 US dollars. An American football game would cost usually over 50 dollars for just a nosebleed seat. Second, there is no tailgating in soccer. The best part about going to Redskins games with my dad is getting to tailgate in the parking lot before hand with the meal that my mom made us. At the premiere league game they had concessions within the stadium but it wasn’t cheap. Third, they don’t allow alcohol inside of the stadium and don’t sell during the game. I was really excited to go to a sporting event over here because in the states I am not legally able to drink at one. I was shocked to find that you couldn’t drink while the game was in progress or at your seats. In American football they have people walking around the stands with beer so you never have to leave your seat and miss the action.
The one similarity I did find was the fans. They definitely loved to support their team. In soccer over here they separate the fans of each team so they are not sitting in the same section. I was lucky enough to be seated right next to the opposing team’s section. This mean every call or play was followed by cheers and chants insults from both teams toward one another. Soccer definitely has the most dedicated and enthusiastic fans from any other sport that I have seen. I definitely enjoyed going to a game and being able to join in with the craziness of the European football experience but I can’t wait to get back to the states and have Monday night football.