When did you start taking your son's to the Michigan Football games? My son will be 7 months in August, and I was wondering if anyone had experience taking a child that young to a Michigan game.
Here is a good advice thread
I now realize that my wife wanted me to take my son so she could have the afternoon to herself...but its not babysitting when its your kid...its called being a dad (according to wife)
don't plan on spending more than an hour in the big house...buy them something before you go to the game
We went the week after ND for EMU...kid in front of us had one of those PonPons...my son and his friend went ape b/c they didn't have anything to shake
Supposedly my dad took me to Gator games when I was still in those baby sling type things. I slept the whole time usually. Alas, I wasn't meant to be a Gator.
A child surely isn't going to remember anything from when they are 7 months old. Wait 3 or 4 years.
took my daughter to her first game: App State
it was hot as balls and we left in the 3rd qtr. if you're taking a kids that young, don't bother unless you know the weather will be reasonable, and you know it won't be the upset of the century
she was 1.5 BTW
I have daughters and we started them on sports early, albeit local ones. My oldest is 6 and is getting to the point where she can understand what's going on. Still, when I have my kids with me the experience is about them, both intentionally and by default.
If you bring an infant to a game you will be paying for a ticket for someone who will not remember the experience, and may require attention at inopportune times. If you are willing to say that you missed an incredible Denard touchdown run because you were changing a diaper and not be upset about it, then it's worth the effort. Otherwise...
little macdaddy to the Minnesota game in 1994 when he was 6 months old. No problem. The bigger issue is in a couple years when they're toddlers, have no attention span and are still in diapers. Still took him but it wasn't as much fun. Need to do it though for the brainwashing to "take." He'll be a Michigan freshman this fall.
I'll be bringing my son next year. He will be nearly 3. Not sure how he will handle the crowd. I may have a contingency plan if he starts to want to leave. Isn't that what grandpa's are for?
I've found it helps to get my kids prepared for what's going to happen. Explaining the crowds and the noise and stuff, and make a show about being excited about it. Helped with my kids, anyway.
The harder part is fighting the boredom that comes when you combine a naturally short attention span with a game that they do not yet understand. Bringing alternative entertainment can help.
Took my son when he was almost 3 while my daughter was under 1. Not a great experience. It was a September game, and you know how hot it gets in there. But once he got to be about 5, it became fun for both of us.
My parents took me to games as a baby, but that was in the 70s. I have a 5 year old and he's only been to spring games. I think this is the year, just depends on the game. Maybe AF? Certainly not Iowa or sparty though
Depends on what you think will interest your son. He may really like that his dad is pumped up about the Wolverines, seeing so many people in one place, the band, etc. Unless he has a strong interest in sports I doubt he'd know the nuances of Michigan football, traditions, etc. But I think you can't go wrong in taking him.
I've taken two of my boys to UM games and they were roughly that age - great time for sure.
Sorry - I thought I read 7 years, not 7 months. In that case, perhaps a tad too young. :-)
If this 7 month old already has an interest in sports then I want him on this blog! I say get him an account, and I'll nominate a username of MGoPooper.
Don't take them until first grade. The last thing you want is a toddler repeating cuss words from a fan.
"Daddy, what's a cooler pooper ?"
"Why are the people in green and white burning their sofas ?"
"Why would anyone live in South Bend ?"
"How do the Badgers get their cheerleaders so plump ?"
"Is the scary Cornhusker guy going to eat me ?"
"So when WILL they be in the tournament ?"
"How do the Gophers get their cheerleaders so pale ?"
"Is it ok if I go to Chuck E Cheese with the nice PSU assistant coach ?"
"So when WILL Indiana win a conference game then ?"
"Are Boilermakers a team or a drink order ?"
"Do Iowa people talk about things besides corn ?"
"Why do all the good Illinois people play for Michigan ?"
"Those guys in scarlet and grey have such fancy tattoos - are they expensive ?"
I guess it could be educational, when you look at it in the right light. Better they learn these lessons from you than on the playground . . .
took my daughter to Atlanta Braves game at that age. I was with her in Atlanta I live in Michigan. she slept the whole time I had to hold her, was a very bad experience. The game was not in the plans though decided at last minute to catch game.
thinking about taking my sons to the spring game. they are 5 and 3
they'll get see then players (ive taught them to idolize denard) and I won't have to worry about my 3 year old wanting to leave at halftime, after paying full price for 3 tickets
Take them to Fan Day. See below.
Spring game is a great idea, plenty of room to run around and you don't have to worry about missing any action and can leave anytime.
Way too young. You'll see in a couple of moths. Your son will be harder to handle, but just as disinterested/oblivious to what is happening. 3-4 is probably a good time to take him to a cupcake level game. He needs to be 10+ to appreciate a game like OSU or MSU.
I have three kids under the age of three. I take them to sporting events. However, I wouldn't go if I wasn't in a private suite. Then again my shoes probably cost more than your house.
This guy's rich if you didn't pick up on it. As in, he has money. Did you read the part about the private suite? I liked the part about how much money he has.
keep telling us how much money you have. A person can be rich with money and very poor when it comes to character or class.
I'm pretty sure a damn good percentage of M grads make 6 figures or more and in many cases 7 figures. Don't get on Mgoblog and get all cocky about the money you have or make, maybe you inherited it, all that makes you is lucky if that's the case.
Also, Go Blue!
Not sure, but it smells like new money. #classless #actlikeyousatinasuitebefore
Who would advertise the fact that they're a big enough dumbass to pay more than a house costs for shoes, even if they have money?
Just if you're doing it and don't want to advertise you're a brain-dead douchenozzle, it had better be a private auction.
I'm not disagreeing with you at all. That said, if his shoes are more expensive than a pair of Nordstrom's loafers, I'll eat them.
why would he assume we live in houses that cost less than 50k? this is a michigan blog.
I had to check to see if this was the same guy who disapproved of wearing jerseys.
It wasn't. I guess it's a double douche day.
I don't think I'm a douche, but if you're over the age of 25 and still wear jerseys you look fucking stupid.
I think that if any of that were true you wouldn't have felt the need to log on to MGoBlog to post about it.
3 kids under the age of three?
You can afford a luxury suite, but not birth control? Don't be a fool, wrap your tool!
(unless of course they are triplets or twins + 1)
IMO, you have to wait until they are out of diapers, and old enough to go to bathroom and sit relatively still for at least an hour.
Get there early enough to see the pregame and band, and be sure to stay in seats for halftime and the band. The band has color and music and action that kids like. For a young kid, football might not be so interesting, depending. All kids are different.
Be prepared to get food of varying kinds throughout the game. They can eat a lot and may get bored just sitting there. Early games in the season when it won't bother you to get up and move around might be best.
Be patient, but set ground rules before the game and then be prepared to ignore the ground rules, like we will watch the game. Take something for them to fiddle with during game. Let them stand on seat if they want when everyone is standing, otherwise they have no hope of seeing anything.
Hope for the wave. Be patient. Sit withfriends who are equally patient and understanding.
2 year old to the spring game. From there we will see how long she last. Anyone know if cameras are allowed in? Too lazy to look it up.
to a game last season, albeit not Michigan. She liked it, loved the cheerleaders, the band. Got a snack, stayed until halftime, she thought it was over and wanted to leave in any case.
They don't know about the scroe or whatnot until around 7 or 8. I'd wait until about 4 or 5. Always trips me out when I see people bringing babies to games of any sort, I have a 3-month old and wouldn't think about it. She'd be more interested in her own fingers anyway.
Almost took my 7 month old to the Notre Dame night game... had an extra ticket and everything. But I'm glad I didn't... he would have gotten crushed... it was crazy.
And looking back, considering the cost of a ticket and the fact that he won't remember a thing, I'm not sure why I even thought about bringing him... other than the obvious that I want him to be a Michigan Man. But I've got plenty of time to take him to games when he will actually appreciate and remember them.
I have been able to take 4 of my 5 nephews and my daughter to games. I have found that 6 is around the age that they start paying attention to the actual game. Anything younger than that and they're not into it really much at all.
We do the spring game every year...
never done a real game yet...
I will wait till they are 7 or 8.
a road trip to look at Universities at 17. Yes we had watched many games on TV is various places, but this was also a bonding thing. You should have seen his face, flowing with the tide down State street toward the stadium, the madness swirling about. He had never experienced anything like it. Even if it was Minnesota...I suddenly realized that I had only the faded images left of back in the day....shadows really. Needed to be recharged. Remastered as it were. He at some primal level became a Michigan Man that day.
My son will be almost 3 when the season rolls around and I've contemplated 2012 as being the year I first take him to a game. Thing is, I'm realizing as he approaches that age that he will likely not last more than 2 quarters at best, and I doubt he will understand the point at all. I'm thinking it might be a better idea to simply take him to a game at Rynearson Stadium as a practice run. If he handles it well, then maybe I will consider a game at the Big House this year.
I take my girls to UMD football games (D-II) every year, and it's a great experience. It's also not as big of an investment and there's more flexibility in where we sit. We do tailgate before the game and stay for the whole thing, but a lot of what the girls enjoy at this age is the sensory experience. And we keep them occupied with stuff.
Or even an MGoDad, but what I've heard/read on here is that the spring game is a GREAT place to try out bringing kids to games. The tickets are $5 instead of $75. If you have to leave you don't miss an actual game and you'll get updates here. The crowds wont be as big/drunk/loud/everything. It makes total sense to me that it would be a great place to try taking a kid to a game. If your kid makes it through the spring game, expect the kid to handle a real game that fall. If they make it a half, expect a half, etc.
Will one of you be my adopted MGoDad and take me to a game? I promise I'll behave. I've never been to one.
Legitimately interested. Why do people feel a need to bring their small children to football games (I guess I’ll arbitrarily set the number at 10 and under)? The kid is not going to enjoy the game. They won’t be able to see anything, they are confined to a small area, and the people around you might not take the care to censor themselves. They’re just going to complain about wanting to leave at halftime.
I started going to 4th quarters with my dad back in the 80s when they let you in, and my first full games were under 10. I understood the game by 6 or 7. Some of my favorite memories are going to games with my Dad. It's a bonding experience.
I feel like a tool for shilling for another thread like this, but this kinda explains the appeal.
I started going to Tigers games with my dad when I was five. Still have the programs, tickets, and season yearbooks and remember the experiences. Why not take your kids to games? I've never understood excluding kids until age X (you say 10) then expecting them to appreciate these events and behave appropriately when we do include them. This applies to games, plays, restaurants, etc. etc. If you don't want to bring your kids, don't bring your kids. Period. Mine will be there.
Baseball is much different, you don't really have to pay attention and getting up to walk around is part of the culture.
Started bringing my son to M football games at around 8 and that was a good age for him. I actually want to watch the game so I waited until he coul make it through at least halftime. Went to basketball games earlier (less investment and missing a chunk of the game was less of an issue).
I've got a 2 year old and I will probably take her before she's ready to sit through a whole game. Even though she's not ready for the whole experience there will still be a lot of parts that she'll enjoy (snacks, the band, everyone singing the victors etc...) and it will be fun for me to share those moments even if she won't enjoy the whole experience. Of course, she won't care about the opponent, so I'll do this at an EMU game and not UTL, but I think that's the impetus for most dads with little kids.
Taking an infant to a game is a novelty, something they can brag about when older by telling people they went to their first game before they were a year old. It isn't particularly safe for a vaiety of reasons either.
As far as older kids, some have better attention spans than others. I'll take my 7 year old daughter to 1 game this fall (it'll be a cheap game anyway thats all i can afford) and we'll see how she does. My wife will come and it will be with the agreement that if my daughter gets inconsolably hot/cold/bored, my wife will take her to get a snack, walk around or just meet me somewhere after the game.
Don't force your kids to endure a game, and have a back-up plan.
Took my son at about 15 months to his first, and had my wife meet me at the gate about mid second quarter, for the hand-off. At the end of the day, taking kids at that age is essentially for photo-op type purposes. He's gone once a year since, and usually to the first/second game of the year, when our group on the golf course designates it a "kids friendly" tailgate. We do once per year, and it's usually fun. Although at age 5 now, he's getting more attentive, and can follow the game, he still ends up asking to head back to play "tailgating games" during the second half.
My recommendation would be to avoid the 90 degree games, and make sure you have a plan B, or someone to pass them off to, so you can enjoy the game.
Started the Basketball games with him this year, and that's a entirely different story!
Put 'em in a carrier/strap 'em to your chest and have someone take some pictures so you can tell the kid one day. Don't go to a game that's too hot. Then wait about four more years because they won't sit still for several years and they're really unbearable in those cramped quarters on the benches.
I've taken my kids starting at five. I've found that the "smaller" games are much better as the biggest issue is not being able to see when the crowd stands up. And at "bigger" games, my area often stands quite a bit.
It's cheaper, too, if you're buying secondhand. And, importantly, you are not as wrapped up in the game. A lot easier to pay attention to the kid if Michigan is up by 3 touchdowns.
But I honestly think it is unfair to you, the kids, and the other fans around you if you bring a kid that's under 6 to the game. Not saying any of you do this, but a lot of times parents tend to think they should get special treatment because they have kids, and so let the stand on the seats, get upset if you curse and let their kids whine and cry and throw food. A college football game really is not appropriate for anyone under 7 or 8, and even that is pushing it. Between the crowds, how much people are paying for tickets, and all the drinking, you are just asking for trouble.
I would instead take them to baseball/softball (fantastic for kids and cost next to nothing), basketball (very relaxed and quick) or hockey (the student section can be crazy, but the other places aren't too bad and all the chants, music and dancing keeps kids entertained). Spring game is all right, but usually is pretty cold/boring. And even those events are kind of rough if the kid can't use the bathroom by themselves. Better to watch it at home and teach them the game than to ruin your time (and more importantly other people's around you) and waste a bunch of money.
Although you make several good points, which I do agree with, such as the special treatment kicking the backs of the people in front of them, etc... I would argue that I've taken my boy for the last 3 years, age 3, 4, 5 and although he gets board, and we typically head back at the start of the 4th quarter, he's begging to go back the following week. I don't let him get to the point where he's miserable, and starts acting inapropriately. He can't get enough of the band, players taking the field, and the usually Victor's chant throughout....not to mention he's a fan of the "Rawk" music. I guess it's a sing of the generational changes. So although i do agree, and have seen several instances of children there for all the wrong reasons, there are several of us who gladly pay for the child to go, and I shouldn't have to worry about taking my kid to a game because of drunks...in the end, that's on them, and I'm not going to prevent my kid from doing something they enjoy, becuase some middle agers can't control themselves.
FYI-I would say, the vast majority of fans who have been over served, are very respectful, when there is a kid around. God know's I'm usually overserved for the other home games he doesn't attend with me, and I go out of my way to extend that same respect.
Don't get me wrong--I don't have kids and will want to bring them as soon as I do, but I will always remember Braylonfest for 2 things: the comeback, and the lady with her sleeping cheese-and-cracker faced 4 year old on my lap. I would have probably killed myself had she not left in the 3rd quarter.
THAT game, and I probably would have killed the kid and/or the lady.
Seems about right. I tested the kids at a high school game. 10 and 7 year old loved it. 3 and 2 year old were awful. Then I took the 10 and 7 year old to the eastern game last year, had a blast. Remember to watch their faces when they walk into Michigan Stadium...it's priceless
I took my son to his first game when he was one (Delaware State - The Approaching Storm) and my daugther to her first game when she was one (EMU). Why not? The key is to pick a game that Michigan is likely to win early so you can spread out and leave early if needed. Take advantage, Michigan fans. Down here, parents don't really have the option to bring young kids, unless they want to pay $100+ per to see OSU v. YSU, have their kids get stepped on by enormous drunk guys, and listen to same enormous drunk guys complain because Ohio only won by 34. So, take your kid when you want, have a great time. They grow up fast...
I took my son to the spring game @ PSU when he was 2. He had a great time (eating junkfood and playing with his toys). We had plenty of space and left after he puked up the junkfood on the empty seat next to him.
He doesn't remember any of it.
Take him to a Tigers game. Took my 16 month last summer and it was great! It was a weeknight game and he had a blast running around, etc. It's baseball so you don't have to see every play. He was free admission and there was space. It was awesome having the boy in my element.
With that said, not a chance in hell I'd take him to Michigan Stadium until at least 6.
If you bring him in a carrier at 7 months, you'll likely be able to watch a lot of the game. A toddler will be much tougher to manage, and you'll probably be spending most of your time walking him around. Definitely don't choose a game you will mind leaving early.
And think about shopping at M Den for a xs shirt!
The first game I brought my youngest son to was the Appy State game. He was 17. He was too young for the trauma. Should have waited a year.
PS We were looking at midwest colleges that long weekend.
The thought still brings a tear to my eye. If you can afford a ticket for your kid this age call me and help me get a ticket for me and my 11 yearlod daughter.
My 3 1/2 year old lasted a half so I'll just multiply by two and try again at 7.
I took my 6 & 5 year old dtrs to the OSU game this year and made it from the band entrance through the last blissful snap and watched the field get stormed. We did it 2 ways - first we went to a baseball game that summer & made it through 8 innings (got the kids used to the length & flow of a sporting event). Second, I borrowed my Father-in-law's advice - "keep feeding them until they stop eating, then it's time to go.". Not that we were mainlining nachos all game, but I did not turn down the extra cracker jack request - and I got to sit through an amazing football game, with my daughters there too.
It probably didn't hurt that we've been brainwashing our kids about good (UM) and evil (OSU) since they could understand us. But, now both my kids can't wait for our next trip back for the MSU game this fall.
Hope that helps. Enjoy raising your young Wolverine.
It really helped that we had great seats (20 rows up on the 50) so he could see all of the action pretty close up. We left at halftime---any longer risked a meltdown.
He's 2 years, 3 months now and he just sang The Victors with me today for the first time.
I don't know how much of the game you'll be seeing with your child at 7 months. Unless you plan on going with your significant other/grandparents, you're probably going to be running out a lot. And if your child ends up mildly cranky or upset or just doesn't want to be there, your experience would be much worse.
My dad took me to my first game when I was 5 or 6 during the end of the Moeller era. One of my fondest memories to this day. I don't remember much, but I remember running around the steps and I remember the atmosphere. Despite being born in Ann Arbor, I think that game was what ultimately gave me my maize and blue blood.
Basically what I'm saying is, start young, but perhaps after they're out of diapers.
best bet is taking him to the spring game. less people, generally more laid back but still amazing for the kids.
I have taken my 2 kids (6 & 3) to bowl games in FL and while they did not interupt the game very much they really did not watch the game and mostly played with our iPhones. The biggest issue with taking a younger child is when they have to go to the bathroom or feeding during the middle of the game, it can interupt your watching of the game. I have taken my older son to a soccer game in Chicago and he was able to follow for almost the whole game, I think some sports are more continuous which allows them to focus better since the action does not really stop. I also took my then 3 yr old son and 3 week old daughter to a BBall game and they did fine, but I must thank my wife as I was cheering the whole time with my college roommates and hardly noticed the kids during the game. Hope this helps (and isn't repetitive from other posts as I did not read all of them).
He enjoyed it. However, he enjoys playing the game more. Also, he is still a bit short for when everyone stands. At what age does Michigan require a ticket? Infants too?
Personally, I wouldn't take a kid who couldn't sit through a game at home. My son loves football . . . he's always on the play station, enjoys playing tackle, will gladly watch ANY games Saturday or Sunday. With both the Sugar Bowl and the Super Bowl, he wanted to see the whole game. I'd rather not watch games with someone who doesn't give a rip.
Exception: my 19 year old daughter wanted to go to a Michigan game, and I gladly took her, even though she doesn't care much about football.
To charge in the womb.
I brought my 6 year old son to the Sugar Bowl. It was his first game. He was excited about it but quickly got bored halfway through the first quarter. Snacks, breaks, and alternate entertainment helped us stay until after Big Play Hemingway's speech. I loaded some new games on the iPod touch and that helped immensely. We sat next to Lewan's Grandparents so that was interesting as well. I told him to look for cool things to take pictures of with my SLR. Ironically, one of the things he found interesting was THAT VATech cheerleader. YOU KNOW THE ONE. So proud.
*chokes back tears*
Overall, it will depend on the kid. If you think the child is ready, as yourself if you are lying to yourself. If you REALLY think they are ready, give it a shot. Also, congrats on your recent addition to the Wolverine Family!
this past year for the first time. We live in The OHIO University Bobcats Golden Eagles whatever state, so they had major infuence from school, friends, church, etc. to like that team. Taking them to The Big House made them true fans. They are no longer intimidated and proudly wear maize and blue to school. Go Blue.
Is your kid raised to say please and thank you? Does your kid earn privileges and respect? Is your kid the opposite of many spoiled divas? If you can say yes, then take them and have fun. If your kid is a flipping nightmare and you have to buy peace from them, then leave them at home. Chances are they will be using prescription meds in ten years anyways and forget the experience.
As many others have indicated, I'd advise holding off for a while. If you want to take him because it is easier than finding a babysitter, more power to you. But, it isn't going to be for him.
We now have 5 tickets, so all the kids can go to as many games as they want to. About 3 years ago, my (now 14 year old) daughter started complaining that she wasn't getting to go to the "good" games. This past year she was basically at all of them and is a dyed-in-the-wool fan because SHE wants to be there.
4 or 5 years ago, I started asking her if she *wanted* to go when I had an extra ticket, and most of the time, the answer was yes. And, she picked up on the fact, very early, that it was a privelege to be there, not a right (and certainly not an obligation). She also gets that we don't leave before the game is over -- complaining will fall on deaf ears, so it just doesn't happen.
Going to the ND night game this last year was a very special experience for her.
Now my 11 year old daughter is more and more interested in going. She loves the team, too, and is learning more and more about the game.
My 7 year old son loves cheering, and went to two of the early season games this past year. He's a soccer player, so we went to a M soccer game last season and that helped strengthen the M linkage for him. He has a teddy bear he got for Christmas he named "Denard" and wears his 16 jersey to school with regularity. I still wouldn't take him to an OSU game or something like ND under the lights.
A good indicator is whether or not they like sitting through all, or most, of an away game when you're at home watching it. If so, they're really getting ready for big-time involvement.
When I saw my first Michigan game. My daughter was eight when she saw her first Michigan game. The imprinting worked for her like it did for me. She's a sophomore this year and loving it.
My son has been to the Big House annually since he was about 7 months old. It can get very hot for afternoon games early in the season. Kids won't enjoy anything when they have to sit in the sun without knowing what is going on. I left games early the first few years (against powerhouses like EMU, etc) until he could actually enjoy the games.
But I will say this: now that he's older, he loves the fact that he went to games even when he was a baby. He likes the photos I took of us and it has helped make him the Michigan fan he is today.
Until my boys were 7. This gave me a few more years to go with buddies. Now they have a blast. I don't have to distract them by buying ridiculous amounts of food and other stuff. They also understand the game, and don't want to miss a play. I have to run to the rest room more than they do.
My son's first game was when he was 11 months (unless you count the game when my wife was 8.5 months pregnant), 2009 ND (Mathews caught the gsme winner about 12 feet from my face). His second game he was 23 months, 2010 UCONN. Both games he fell asleep and both games my wife took him out of the bowl to sit in the shade. That was vital. I wouldn't recommend it unless you have an understanding spouse or relative who wouldn't mind taking the kid out of the stands for long stretches.
They were great photo ops, and in both games all the surrounding fans were great and seemed to think it was cool--a lot of "good for you for starting him young" comments.
Do not forget that kids need a ticket no matter how young.
It was okay, but their attention span really wasn't all there yet so I had to keep them busy the whole time - walking around, getting them snacks, etc. Really wasn't as much fun as I had hoped it to be. Plus, they didn't really understand the game that well at that point (especially the 3 year old).
So after that I took a few years off. They are now 6 and 8 and I think ready to try again.
We took our kids when they were probably 7 or 8. Any younger is not merely a waste of time and money, but it would probably bore your kids to death. (Kids vary, of course.) I think the stadium is way too crowded to consider bringing a baby unless it is your only option.
I am a little vague about my kids, but I do remember my first time in the Stadium. (Well, my very first time was for my brother's graduation in 1965 when I was 3. But we're talking football.) I was at the Missouri game in 1969 -- might have been Bo's first loss. I was not quite 8. I hated it. I remember distinctly being antsy and wanting to go and wondering when it would all be over. It had nothing to do with the score of the game. However, by 1970 the the few years following, I went to one game a year and LOVED IT. I had a real sports awaking when I was 8-9 years old (baseball first because of the 1968 Series, then Michigan football).
I would get them interested in the team by watching on TV and talking about going someday. Wait until they really want to go so it will be a big deal to them.
Until the kid's in kindergarten and used to sitting around for a while and waiting to pee, I suggest you also bring MGoMom :)
Started taking my daughter by myself when she was about 7 and its been going great.
when i was 3 my dad started taking me to the Big House and i still remember it to this day - those games are some of my very earliest memories of life in general. so start now and don't stop. i started with my sons in those dorky infant frontpacks and now they are 7 and 10 and i have to buy them tix.
First time was for the Delaware State game (good times)! And then this year my oldest son and I went to THE GAME! It was on my bucket list to go at least once. Great seats off of Stubhub in August when no one knew for sure how this year was going to go!
Toddlers are too young - no attention span, can't sit still, can't see the game if people are standing, don't know what's going on etc.
Infants are too young - you're taking them to say you took them at an early age, not because they will enjoy or remember it.
I took my son to his first game last year. He was 10. I would have like to have taken him earlier, but without getting into it, I didn't have confidence in RR's ability to win games -so that blew years 6-9. I also live 800 miles away.
He had an absolute blast. One other thing. He didn't understand the obsession really until he started playing the game and now . . . well he tells me about what's happening elsewhere in college football as I really only focus on the B1G.
i have a similar shot of my son...at the gator bowl from last year. so it does not bring back the same happy memories as this one. my kid likes to rock the mirror aviators too. rasta.
When to take them to their first game?? When they can sing the victors. My son was 6 and enjoyed the experience very much even though it was hotter then Kate Upton(WMU game 2011).
When they played the pre game video and the crowd went nuts for Brady Hokes "This is Michigan" he looked at me and said "Dad, I've got goosebumps" I know for sure he was ready to start attending games.
When we were watching the ND game at home the next week on TV and he was pointing out where we sat my wife thought it was cool. When we played Ohio and he was pointing out Llyod Brady on TV my wife thought "this is getting scary".
self, like milling in huge crowds and being trapped in a seat a long way from a bathroom. My daughter is seven and has been going to basketball games for several years. She just now BEGINS to have anything like the attention span to watch more than ten minutes of football or hoop or soccer with real interest, and she is a very bright and alert little person. That means you have to be ready to attend to the kid or face storms of annoyance. Bring something for them to play with. Be prepared to leave early, possibly way early and lose some money.
I'm not going to try football for a while yet.
I took my son to his first game against UConn at 5 months old. We had an extra ticket (which they require for even babies, supposedly a Big Ten rule), and he was in a Baby Bjorn happily sleeping for most of it.
Of course he won't remember, but I have the ticket and a picture of him in The Big House framed. It was pretty easy - but I did have mom there to feed him at half time.
I took him last season to the Minnesota game, at a year and a half - definitely different than the easy Baby Bjorn experience the year before. Since he wanted to walk around a lot, we didn't stay in our seats for very long. But again, I had an extra ticket and assumed it would be a blowout so he really enjoyed watching all of the people - even if much of that time was walking around the concourse instead of sitting in our seats.
I have a 2 month old now, and plan to take both of the boys to at least one expected blowout game a year.
Whatever you do, TAKE PICTURES! It will probably be a pain to deal with the kid at the game, but if you can frame a picture for the spot above the crib of you with the baby with the band/team behind you inside the stadium, it will be priceless.
My son was 5 for his first game--vs. UMass. I figured we'd be able to leave early. Who woulda known.
I think my son was 3-4 years old when I took him to his first spring game. I still brought my child carrying backpack to haul him around if necessary when he got tired. You'll have plenty of room to move around and he still should be able to see with no problem. Personally I would wait until he is potty trained. For boys that could be as late as 4 years old.
For a regular season game I would wait until he is 4 feet tall so that he can stand on the bench seat and still be able to see the game when everybody else is standing. Seats are around 16" to 18" high.
would be a good lithmus test.
My son was age 4 when I first took him to a game. He was fine until halftime - then he got sleepy, and the novelty of the game wore off a bit. He fought through it. We went again when he was 5, and he was much better.
Seven is about the age I started going. Your son will love it! Makes me wish I was a kid again seeing the Big House through those eyes.
Didn't see this posted yet, but they have multiple books to remember a kid's first game (or any game, I guess). My 2-yr old nephew went last season for the first time, and they prepped him for it. Watching on TV, talking about what it would be like, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa were all there too.
They didn't want to jinx it by buying the book ahead of time because the one they had you can fill in the team names and score (and I think it says Michigan won! on the last page), but afterwards it was a cute reminder for him and will be a cool memento.
Here is an example: