I'm intrigued as to what your typical matchday involves for those of you who watch sports in other countries, and how that compares to going to the football in Scotland or England.
Going to an NFL/MLB game in the US is meant to be serious ****in' business from what I hear. Someone I know who went to a baseball game and sat in the home crowd chose to "be the typical stiff Brit and cheer on the opposing team", was told very quickly that one really ought not to do this.
One thing that always makes me laugh though, is the state of NFL forums online. I follow the Dolphins in the NFL, and went on one of their forums around the start of the season and said something along the lines of "we've picked up a few good players in the draft, but I don't think this will be our year", and was immediately shouted down by the rest of the forum for not having enough confidence in the team, and as such I was not a real fan, and that they were going to win the superbowl etc... My experiences on the Eagles' and Saints' forums yielded a similar experience. Pretty dire imho.
Sports fans aren't segregated per se, like in England where the away team sits at one end of the ground. Here, you just buy your ticket and sit and watch the game. There away supporter sections, but not everybody sits there though. Put it this way, I wouldn't wear an Arsenal jersey and sit amongst MU fan at Old Trafford if those two teams were playing.
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Depends what you're watching and where you're watching it obviously. I watch alot of Rugby League at CUA stadium in Penrith, and there really is no reason to hang around in Penrith after the match, so I leave straight away. This might be different for someone watching say AFL in the center of Melbourne.
Fan relations are usually pretty good unless you meet the wrong person at a Bulldogs game. There's usually an area for away fans, they make alot of noise, you make alot of noise back at them. Not as hardcore as in England in the competing noise regard though..
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The bigger difference is that it is more of an 'event' especially with tailgating at NFL events.
US sporting events are far more sterile but with better production values than British ones. Its not a bad thing, just different.
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