Tips for travelling to and from sports events
While the excitement of an upcoming game can take over your mind, it’s also important to think about your travel arrangements ahead of time to make sure you get there and back smoothly and safely.
If you’re driving, make sure you check what parking is available and book a spot if necessary. You could also car share with fellow fans to reduce the traffic around the stadium, as well as create an exciting atmosphere in the car on the way to the game (and hopefully on the way back, too). Also, be aware of unofficial parking scams, and make sure that any transactions you make for parking are legitimate and protected.
We’d always recommend arriving early, giving you plenty of time to get parked up, find your seats, and get some much needed refreshments. If you’re the designated driver, though, make sure these refreshments are of the purely non-alcoholic nature. We’d also recommend bringing along a portable charger for your phone, especially if you’ve never travelled to that particular stadium before, so that you’re not trapped at the end of the game with no directions home.
As you should always do, drive carefully and sensibly on the way there and back, even if your team has just played the best game of their lives. Follow the speed limits and rules of the road at all times - there will be plenty of opportunity when you get home for more extravagant celebrations.
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To find the official rates of parking, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts analysed the matchday parking advice and costs available on all 44 Championship and Premier League teams’ websites from the 2021/22 season. To reveal the unofficial costs of each stadium, the community-driven source Footyparking.com was used to discover the car parking options and costs within a 1-mile radius on a matchday. The official and unofficial costs were then used to calculate the average parking price for each stadium.
For the NFC and AFC, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts used Team Marketing 2021 NFL Fan Cost Index report to discover the average parking cost at each teams’ stadium. These costs were determined by telephone calls with representatives of the teams, venues and concessionaires. Identical questions were asked in all interviews. For the unofficial car parks, parking site Spothero.com was used to reveal the unofficial car parking options within a 1-mile radius on a matchday or event day. The official and unofficial costs were then used to calculate the average parking price for each stadium.
USD to GBP exchange rates are accurate as of 20 January 2021.
 "Door to turnstile Improving travel choices for football fans" (Better Transport, 2013)
 “2021 NFL Fan Cost Index” (Team Marketing, 2021)