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IslandRed
01-30-2012, 10:15 AM
The U.S. Olympic qualifying group matches are coming to my neck of the woods in March, and my daughter wants to go watch a match. It's been forever since I watched a match she wasn't playing in, and looking at ticket prices, I have the typical noob viewpoint: what's the best compromise of "good place to watch" and "doesn't cost too much"? I figured I'd ask the more seasoned hands here. Here's a link to the seating/price chart:

http://www.ussoccer.com/Schedule-Tickets/2012/~/media/B07087BD294645BA9EA710AA060B7A19.ashx

Short version -- $20 end lines, $27 corners, $38 sidelines, $50 midfield. (I'm not springing for VIP, club seats or front row! Probably not midfield either but it's not completely off the table.)

Any advice? Stay as near to midfield as we can, or get close to a goal? Down low (close to the action) or up high (better perspective)?

reds1869
01-30-2012, 11:28 AM
I've always preferred the corners but it is really personal preference. The end line is good for watching strategy and set pieces unfold, the sideline gives you a nice sense of pace. The reason I prefer the corner is it is a combination of both.

BuckeyeRed27
01-30-2012, 01:25 PM
I like being more towards the middle, but back a few rows. Like football you can be "too close" to the field and it makes it a little tough to see what's going on.

Also if you can find out which section Sam's Army is going to be in, sitting close to the supporters group is pretty fun.

reds1869
01-30-2012, 01:32 PM
Also if you can find out which section Sam's Army is going to be in, sitting close to the supporters group is pretty fun.

I second that. Sam's Army is a hoot.

OldRightHander
01-30-2012, 05:59 PM
Too close can be a problem. I prefer near the middle of the field just so I have an equal view of either end and kind of high up but not too high.

Hoosier Red
01-31-2012, 12:23 PM
I like being more towards the middle, but back a few rows. Like football you can be "too close" to the field and it makes it a little tough to see what's going on.


I agree with this. I truly started to enjoy soccer at IU when I had to broadcast games and could see things develop from the press box.

I have sat in the end zone on a couple of occassions which can be fun, but is difficult to follow when the actions running away from you..

Yachtzee
02-05-2012, 02:05 PM
I usually prefer sitting near the supporters for my team. I don't like being near the other team's supporters. The supporters' groups usually choose one of the corners. They can get loud too. Google Sam's Army and you can probably find where they will be sitting and also possibly where the other team's supports will be too. Easier to make an informed decision that way.

IslandRed
03-25-2012, 10:58 PM
Bump... yeah, we were there last night to watch the U23 guys lose to Canada and put the Olympic qualifying in major jeopardy. Yikes. I'm proud of my daughter for not being a front-runner and switching sides. ;) Thanks to her Canadian-born mother, she has dual citizenship, but she was USA all the way. I even fetched my old Eagle jacket (a Starter windbreaker, so called for the bald eagle clutching Olympic rings on the back -- it dates back to before the '96 Games) out of the back of the closet. Still looks good after all these years!