A SINISTER move across the Atlantic could pave the way to sports fans the world over having to fork out serious money to NOT watch the game.
Super Bowl XLV is almost upon us as the Pittsburgh Steelers go head-to-head against the Green Bay Packers in Dallas, Texas, on February 6.
And the enterprising souls at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington have found a new way to make a quick buck.
With the ground packed to capacity they have decided they will allow some lucky fans the chance to take part in the Super Bowl experience by charging them to essentially sit in the car park.
Okay for the money you get to be within the vicinity of the stadium watching the game on a big screen, and you also get a scarf and a programme thrown in. Sounds like a great package doesn’t it?
That is until you investigate the ticket prices.
This wonderful package will set you back a mere $200, which is probably about £130, but tickets can only be bought in blocks of four, so you are going to have to find $800 and three mates who are equally weird enough to want to sit in a car park for that kind of outlay, rather than sit in the front room and watch it on the TV for free.
But this move could spell a tough time for other fans because, let’s face it, it won’t take long before others work out they can make money out of this.
You could easily see a plan by which Wimbledon could fence off Henman Hill, or Murray Mound or whatever it is called, and bang on an extra charge for that, and what of the free fan sites that are now a feature of major football tournaments – you can almost see the corrugated iron going up along with the signs telling fans that they cannot bring in their own food and beer and that they have to pay through the nose for the awful, greasy, junk burgers and watered down lager-like rubbish that they have waiting for you inside.
But thanks to the people in Texas, who are staging the Super Bowl, for opening eyes to the money-spinning potential of charging to not even see the game.
And to be fair, I believe that fans will be sitting on a hill to see the screens and not actually in the car park – though after what happened with JFK I would have thought Dallas had had enough of grassy knolls.