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Tips for Enjoying Football Season for People Who Can’t Stand Football

Fall means football — and that’s bad news if you’re the only one in your family, friend circle, or state who doesn’t give a fig about football. For those who can’t stand the sport but find themselves surrounded by enthusiastic fans, there are ways to make the most of the season without ever having to endure the actual game.

1. Join the fans off the field

Joining the pregame festivities can be a great way to enjoy the atmosphere. Attend tailgate parties and soak in the excitement before kickoff. Go to football parties and focus on the socializing, food, and drinks — rather than the game on the screen. Or leave when the game starts. By doing so, you can be part of the excitement without sparing a glance at the field.

2. Enjoy empty spaces

Football games can draw large crowds, leaving other places blissfully empty. Take advantage of this opportunity by exploring the local shopping scene or treating yourself to a leisurely day at a museum. Enjoy a long, uninterrupted lunch at your favorite restaurant without worrying about long waits or crowds. While others are glued to their TV screens, you can savor the peacefulness and tranquility of less crowded spaces in your community.

3. Consider giving football a chance

Or … you could give in and see why people enjoy football. You might even be surprised by what you discover by learning a bit about the sport. Attend a game with an open mind, or watch a match with friends who are willing to explain the basics. You might find there’s more to football than meets the eye. The strategy, teamwork, and athleticism involved can be fascinating, even to someone who initially didn’t care for the sport. Who knows — you might end up enjoying it in your own way!

4. Know you’re not alone

Remember, you’re not the only one who can’t stand football. There are plenty of people out there who share your sentiments. You’ll certainly find common ground with others who prefer a football-free fall season. Connect with them and organize outings or events catering to non-football fans, allowing you to bond over shared interests and enjoy your time without the constant football chatter.

Football season is about more than just the game. It’s about the energy, the camaraderie, and the chance to make the most of your time. Those are all qualities on offer to you — even if touchdowns and tackles aren’t your thing. Embrace the atmosphere, seek out peaceful spots, or maybe even dip your toes into the world of football fandom. Who knows? You might just find a new way to love the season.

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