Whether it be the Super Bowl, World Series, a NASCAR race, the Kentucky Derby, the World Cup, the Masters Golf Tournament, the Final Four, or a college football rivalry game, there are few things in life as exciting as attending a major sporting event. The perfect storm of media hype combined with the anticipation and unbridled exuberance of rival fans converging on a single destination in a quest for world dominance makes for an unforgettable experience.

When making a pilgrimage to one of these competitions, even the most seasoned traveler can face challenges as difficult as those faced by the competitors on the field. Success requires planning, execution, and sheer will power. So whether the team you’re rooting for wins or loses, you can emerge victorious by adhering to these 8 simple tips for sports travel.

Make travel arrangements as far in advance as possible

Availability of flights and hotels can be extremely scarce. Booking early will ensure that you can get there and that you’ll have a place to stay.

Consider ancillary cost when booking your hotel

How you are going to get to and from the airport and the event? Rental car? Taxi? Public transportation? How much will it cost to park at the event? While hotels in outlying areas are generally less expensive than in town hotels, you may find that you can actually save time and money by staying at a pricier hotel that’s within walking distance of the venue or easily accessible by public transportation. Do your research.

Purchase tickets from a legitimate source

There are a lot of scams involving counterfeit tickets. It’s best to purchase tickets from a team-sanctioned ticket reseller or through a site like stubhub.com that guarantees the ticket. The ticket could still be fake, but at least you can get your money back. If you purchase a ticket outside the venue from an individual who’s not a licensed ticket broker, tell them that you want to ask see their driver’s license and snap their picture to show the police should the ticket they are selling you be fake.

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