5 ways to cut the cost of watching sport

Published by on 27 May 2010.
Last updated on 24 August 2011

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Watch from home

If you prefer to watch sport from the comfort of your sofa, compare TV packages on sites such as uSwitch.com and consumerchoices.co.uk.

If you already have a digital TV package, try haggling with your existing provider – it may give you better rates to keep your custom.

Make an event of it

If you're into boxing, then on certain fight nights you could end up paying a one-off pay-per-view fee of up to £14.95, so why not invite a few friends over to share the cost? If everyone chips in for drinks and snacks you can keep the cost of entertaining down.

One way of avoiding TV fees altogether is to head down to the pub, but make sure you don't pay through the nose for pints and peanuts instead.

Split season tickets

It might be an essential for any die-hard fan, but a season ticket can set you back a fair whack. For Premier League football clubs, a ticket can cost from around £200 to as much as £1,825.

Club together with friends to buy a few season tickets, then you can take it in turns to go to matches and you won't feel obliged to go every weekend to justify the cost.

Sell tickets on

Sites like viagogo.co.uk provide a safe online environment for selling on any tickets you're not going to use (and listing is free).

You are guaranteed payment within seven days of delivering the tickets and all correspondence with the buyer is handled by the site, so you don't have to deal with phone calls or emails.

Swapmyticket.co.uk is an alternative option, but it requires face-to-face exchange.

Try your luck

For major tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon, fans can go to the ground with the aim of snapping up tickets from the resale system, which sells on tickets from spectators who leave early.

These can be had for a nominal charge and the proceeds go to charity. For more details, visit the Wimbledon website.

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