Sports fans love their teams, and if there’s a franchise you root for, there are lots of ways to express your fandom in your new home.
Indeed, sports are a great way to strike up friendships if you’re new to your neighborhood. Geography, of course, plays a big part in which teams we like, and if your new home is relatively close to your old one, your neighbors likely root for the same squads you do. But even if you’re entering “enemy territory,” a little friendly rivalry can help develop new friendships.
Here’s how to incorporate your love for your favorite teams in your new home.
Set Up a Sports Room:
Instead of a man cave, how about a “Sports Cave?” Decorate it with your favorite team’s colors, for example, if you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, paint the room blue and silver, and even include a star on a wall. Add touches like pillows, blankets, glasses, serving dishes and lamps featuring your team’s logo. And of course, add a big-screen TV so that you can watch all the action.
Show Off Your Memorabilia:
This doesn’t mean investing your life savings in autographed balls or game-used jerseys, but if you’re a fan, you almost certainly have some cool stuff you can display. Things like old ticket stubs, programs, photographs, posters, bats and caps make for great conversation starters. Framing shops do a wonderful job of creating displays for these beloved items.
Raise Your Banner:
Lots of fans proudly display their team’s flag. This is a great way to let everyone know you are one devoted fan. During football season, be sure to hang your team’s banner on game days, especially during the playoffs.
Host a Game Day Party:
After living in town for a while, you’ll probably strike up some conversations with your fellow sports-fan neighbors. That’s the time to invite them over to watch a game. With football season in full gear, there are sure to be some exciting contests for everyone to watch together. Prepare sports food like Buffalo wings, burgers and nachos. And of course, don’t forget the beer.