If you’re a fan of a team in a reputable league, seeing your team in person likely doesn’t come cheap, at least in relation to the average person’s income and budget.
If only it could be free, right? It’s often said that the best things in life aren’t for free, but it’s also said that when the opportunity for something free does come, you should never pass it up. Well, there are some limits that apply to the latter, but that should go without saying.
Believe it or not, there are actually some grounds where you can take in live football for free, and not just if you’re a child. It might require a little creativity (and perhaps a bribe for a stranger) on your part, but sometimes, what has to be done just has to be done.
Ewood Park (Blackburn Rovers)
Blackburn haven’t given their supporters a ton to cheer about this season, but the stands at Ewood Park will still be full as the club fights for survival down the stretch.
And if you want to see Rovers attempt to stave off relegation but don’t want to fork out the funds for potential disappointment, just find yourself a seat on a hill along the Darwen River, and you’ll be able to get a peek at the action between the Riverside Stand and the Darwen End.
St. James’ Park (Exeter City)
Like Blackburn, League One side Exeter City are in a fight for survival as the season winds down, so they can use all the support they can get.
And if you can position yourself at the right window of one of the houses behind the uncovered, standing room only St. James’ Road away end, you can have a clear view of the action. However, don’t get your hopes up about a goal fest, as Exeter City are last in League One in goals scored and have been shut out in more than half of their league games to date.
Palmerston Park (Queen of the South)
Queen of the South are currently having a poor season in Scotland’s Division One, but next Tuesday, SPL side Aberdeen will head to Dumfries for a Scottish Cup fifth-round replay, after the two sides drew 1-1 at Pittodrie this past weekend. With a quarterfinal tie at Motherwell, who are currently third in the SPL, at stake, there’s sure to be a capacity crowd at Palmerston Park.
Fortunately, those who live in houses on Terregles Street, where the stadium is located, don’t have to worry about paying for a ticket, as they can cheer on Queens while staying warm.
Stadion Galgenwaard (FC Utrecht)
If a trip to see Dutch star Wesley Sneijder and Inter Milan in action isn’t in your budget, perhaps you won’t mind settling for a free chance to see his 20-year-old brother Rodney, a promising Ajax youth product who’s currently on loan at Utrecht.
Near Utrecht’s Stadion Galgenwaard, there’s a towering apartment building that offers up an excellent view for many residents. And if you’re a Utrecht supporter who doesn’t mind paying for your ticket but would rather not have to worry about spending too much time (and money) on treks to and from the stadium, those would be the perfect apartments.
Do you know of any other teams that you can watch for free without having to enter the ground? Feel free to share in the comments section.