Planning on Traveling for a Football Match? Start Here!

There’s something so magical about traveling for sports and seeing your favorite teams play live. If you’re anything like me, you’re up at funky hours watching your beloved international clubs play each weekend, and the thought of actually being there to experience a home match would be a dream come true. 

If you are lucky enough to make the journey to those stadiums that hold a special place in your heart, you’ve got a lot of planning to do! Thankfully, our team-specific guides have everything you need to know to prepare you for the adventure of a lifetime. Make sure you check them out to help you craft the perfect sports travel experience. 

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Every team has its own traditions and customs for home games, and every stadium has its own rules and quirks. It’s best to be as prepared as possible, so that you know what to expect when your match rolls around. You’ll find the best info in our team-specific guides, written by experts with first-hand experience who are more than happy to share their knowledge to give you the best experience you could imagine. 

Check out our guides on these world-class featured clubs: 

What’s Included in Our Guides?

There’s a lot you need to think about when you’re planning a trip to see your favorite football team play. As well as all the standard things like navigating a new city, finding a place to sleep, and hitting all the best food spots, you also need to make sure you’re prepared for the big match, with up-to-date info and valuable tips. Here’s how our guides can help. 

Teams, Traditions, and Experiences 

Soaking up the pre-game atmosphere is often as fun as watching the actual match itself. Our guides fill you in on where to go before the game, how to have the best experience, and how to partake in any traditions or quirks your team has. Basically, we’ll talk you through what to expect for a match, so you can focus on being in the right place at the right time and having as much fun as possible. 

Where to Stay 

Finding the right accommodation is such an important part of any trip, and it varies so much depending on which city you’re visiting or which team you’re watching. Some stadiums are located in the city center, while others are much further afield, which means you have to weigh up whether it’s better to stay near the stadium, or stay closer to the city’s action and navigate transport to the stadium. 

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Whether you want to stay as close to the stadium as possible, or you want to be in the most central location for sightseeing, our recommendations will take the stress out of booking your room. Traveling on a budget and looking for accommodation that won’t break the bank? We’ve got you covered there as well! 

What to Eat

Let’s face it, being a fan is hard, and you’re sure to work up an appetite. Plus, you’re traveling, and trying local foods is a huge part of that! Our guides will fill you in on everything you need to know about the local delicacies. We’ll show you where to eat, what to eat, and how to eat it. Whether you’re looking for a sports bar with the best burgers or a high-end local restaurant that serves up the city’s traditional dishes, we’ll point you in the right direction. 

How to Get Tickets

Securing your tickets can be one of the most stressful parts of traveling for sports. While tickets are readily available for some clubs, others are almost permanently sold out, with proof of residence often required to join waitlists. As some clubs (and leagues) take action to make sure local fans aren’t being priced out by tourists, knowing how to get your tickets is essential. 

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! We’ll explain how to secure tickets for each team, and give you some tips for avoiding scammers and scalpers, which are unfortunately all too common when it comes to resale and third-party tickets. Our guides will help you get your hands on genuine tickets that will get you safely through the turnstiles to cheer on your team. 

What to Wear

Of course, you can’t show up to see your favorite team play without repping them in style! We’ll show you where to get your hands on the best fan gear, whether you grab yourself a jersey online before you leave, or you’re looking for a fan shop near the stadium where you can pick something up before the game. Wearing your team’s colors might give them that extra bit of luck they need to get over the line! 

Stadium Transportation

Depending on where you’re staying, and which city you’re in, getting to and from the stadium can be a bit of a hassle. Transportation varies for every team, city, and stadium, which is why you need the most up-to-date, relevant information that’s specific to your team. You’ve come to the right place! 

Getting to and from stadiums can be so difficult before and after a match, with huge crowds all jostling for the same trains, buses, or rideshares. Plus, the sheer number of people inside a stadium means that cell service is often limited, so it’s important to come up with a plan beforehand. 

Our guides will help you navigate your way through the crowds, whether you’re on foot to a nearby hotel, taking a train, or using the city’s most popular rideshare service. We’ll give you the insider tips you need for a smooth, safe arrival, and help you find the best way to get back to your room safely after the match as well. Take the stress out of your match with proper planning, thanks to our all-inclusive, team-specific travel guides!

Stadium Food, Drinks, and Seating

Scran, or the food you eat at the stadium, is a huge part of the travel experience for some. I personally love to see all the different stadium foods around the world, and try to do a lap of the stadium before the game to check out my options. Some venues are well known for having amazing snack options, while others really aren’t – it’s good to know which is which before you spend your money! 

Our guides will show you whether you’re better off eating before the game, or forking out for a local delicacy inside the stadium. We’ll talk you through the concession options and explain how much you can expect to pay for food and drinks, and whether you need to get there early to avoid the long lines and enjoy a snack before kick-off. 

We’ll also outline how stadium seating works – many stadiums have specific fan areas for the ultras, which are loud and crazy, while others might have obscured views in certain areas. Some stadiums give you access to the whole concourse, while others block off certain areas, making it important to enter through the right gate. 

Tours, Museums, and Fan Shops 

Visiting an iconic stadium like the Santiago Bernabeu, the San Siro, or Old Trafford is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of us. You might not have the chance to make it back, so it’s important to make the most of every second of your adventure! We’ll make sure you don’t miss out on any extra opportunities in and around the ground. 

Many stadiums offer tours, which are an incredible way to see the stadium and learn about the storied history of your favorite club. Some also have museums, where you can see trophies and memorabilia, and fan shops where you can sometimes get your hands on exclusive merch you won’t find online. We’ll help you maximize your experience with these add-ons to truly soak up the atmosphere inside the stadium. 

Other Sports Events and Attractions Around You 

A football match only lasts 90 minutes (although traveling fans know that it’s really a lot longer than that!), so what else should you do while you’re visiting? Whether you’re just in town for an overnight trip or you’re making a whole week out of it, we’ll show you the best ways to spend your time and soak up the sights and sounds around you. 

Keen to catch a different sporting event, like a basketball game? Want to know where the best beach is for unwinding and recovering from the big game? Looking for sports museums, stores, or adrenaline-boosting activities near your hotel? We’ll point you in the right direction. 

Plan Your Football Fan Trip With Our Team-Specific Guides

It’s as simple as this: We’ve got you covered. If there’s anything you need to know, we’ll make sure you know it. We’ve been there and done that, and we’ve learned along the way how to create the perfect, smooth, experience that maximizes the fun and minimizes the stress. Trust us!