Whether your sport of preference is American football, baseball, football (soccer), or whatever else is out there, going and watching a game live can be an incredible experience. Even if your budget only permits sitting in the nosebleed section, there is just something about the joy of being at the game that nothing else rivals.
But did you know that you can make the live sports experience even better with the help of some mobile apps? Whether iPhone or Android, there are some apps you can download that will make watching the game even more fun. After all, there are some key things you are missing out on when there in living color, and these apps help close the gap between the convenience of TV and the roar of the crowd.
TuneIn Radio for iOS & Android (Free)
When watching a game live, one thing that is missing from the experience is commentary. When you watch on TV, you get to hear professionals who know the game inside analyze everything that is happening. This is where TuneIn Radio comes into play, as it allows you to play radio stations from all around, including those that are broadcasting live commentary for your favorite sport. It adds a whole lot to the fun of watching a game, and it’s free for both platforms.
ESPN Radio App for iOS & Android (Free)
Like TuneIn Radio, this is another great way to listen to commentary while at the live game. It’s only supported in the United States, so you won’t be using this all over the world, but for NFL, NBA, and fans of other stateside sports, this is a great app for adding an element of the home watching experience to the live game.
ESPN ScoreCenter for iOS & Android (Free)
Just because you are at the stadium watching one team does not mean you stop caring about the other teams in the world. That’s where ESPN ScoreNet comes into play, as it allows you to follow the scores and news from all different sports in one convenient place. Also, because this app updates live, you can use it to monitor the stats at the game you are currently watching. Sometimes it can be hard to find out this information at the arena, and ScoreCenter has you covered.
theScore Mobile for iOS & Android (Free)
This is another great app to get live sports scores. It’s incredibly fast, and it comes with a smooth interface that makes it easy to follow games as they happen. Of course, it will come down to a matter of preference whether you want to use this or ESPN’s app, but either way, they will both do a stellar job of letting you keep track of the wide world of sports, or just the game you are currently watching. Optionally you can just use both, and get a full information overload.
A View From My Seat for iOS & Android (Free)
This is an interesting application that allows you to, as the name implies, share photos of what you see from your seat at various stadiums. Essentially, it’s like a social network where you can make other fans jealous with how good your seats are (or make them feel bad for you with your seats in the atmosphere). Of course, it also links with Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, so you can share the photos with your friends on all your networks. Check out our full review of A View From My Seat.
Check If Your Stadium Has Its Own App
Clearly, I can’t list applications for every stadium around the world, as that would just be obscene. However, I will say that many teams offer custom applications designed to make navigating the stadium easier. For example, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY has an app (iOS, Android) that allows users to order food right from their phone, and watch replays of the action.
Before you head out, check out the website for the arena you will be attending, and you just might find that they have an application that will make watching the game even better. Even if it’s not something as fancy as ordering food and watching replays, just a simple map can always come in handy.
Before you run out to watch your next live sporting event, make sure to download a couple of these apps. As awesome as it is to watch your favorite team play live, it’s not always a perfect experience. These apps certainly add to the event by bringing some parts of the TV experience into the stadium. Once you have them, you’ll wonder why you ever attended a game without them.
What apps do you bring when you head out to your favorite live sports event? Hit the comments section below and let us know!
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