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Would you pay money for these obstructed views?

One NBA team is offering tickets to watch games on stadium screens. Sometimes, though, a normal ticket doesn't guarantee a complete view of the action

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Going to watch a major sporting event is as much about the atmosphere – the noise, crowd, the build-up - as it is about actually watching the live spectacle, right?

Would you be prepared to pay good money just to get into the stadium of the team you love – even if it didn’t guarantee an actual view of the action? 

Well, that’s what the NBA’s Golden State Warriors are now offering their fans

The Warriors have put on sale 200 “in the building” passes. The cost: $100 (around £77) per month. That does not include access to the seating bowl or even a view of the court. Instead, they’ll be able to watch on screens in the club areas and get access to restaurants and bars. 

The passes will come in from November. With 33 home games left to play, that averages out at $18.19 (£14) per game.

Would you pay it? 

Lisa Goodwin, senior director of corporate communications at the Golden State Warriors, told BBC Sport: "With the interest in attending Warriors games at an all-time high, this product was created to allow more fans an opportunity to experience the excitement inside Oracle Arena."

She also referred to the fact that the decision was partly driven by the Warriors recording a 300th consecutive sell-out for home games and their 44,000-member season ticket waitlist.

Clubs in La Liga, including Leganes and Real Madrid, have started installing TV screens above the stadiums’ urinals, so that (male) fans never have to miss a minute of the action.

Sometimes, though, even when you’ve bought a ticket for a seat in the stadium, that may not guarantee a proper view of the action. Folk have paid hard-earned moolah to watch from these seats. 

Goodison Park

Everton's home is a famous old stadium with plenty of history. On Everton's website, it says that Goodison was the first major stadium built in England, opening in 1892. Over the years, there have obviously been developments in the stadium, but nothing significant during the Premier League era, other than the removal of standing sections.

The Old Lady still boasts one of the best atmospheres in the country. However, not every punter who goes there is pleased about having to watch their team play like this.

Anfield

Across Stanley Park, where Liverpool play, the view isn’t necessarily always that much better.

Anfield has been home to Liverpool since 1892. The stadium was originally rented by Everton FC, until a dispute over rent saw them move to Goodison. Amongst various renovations, an upper tier was added to the Anfield Road stand in 1997.

Wrigley Field

This is the view that some lucky fans will get to experience when they go to the home of the Chicago Cubs MLB team. Can’t see anything wrong with it ourselves.

Wrigley Field is the second oldest ballpark in Major league baseball - built in 1914, originally constructed for a team known as both the Federals and the Whales. The original scoreboard still stands. 

Fenway Park

Some fans are so blinkered, aren’t they? 

The place that the Boston Red Sox call home is the oldest stadium in the majors, built in 1912. Renovations were announced at the start of the 2018 season, including expanded netting for safety. We're not sure if the plans included anything to do with the above.

Bloomfield Road

We haven't been able to verify that someone actually paid that much or had to sit here, but amazing if true!

Bloomfield Road, home to Blackpool FC, was originally built in 1899. There have been renovations recently to the East and South Stands. 

Citizens Bank Park

Not sure that this Philadelphia Philies fan will be able to get a refund on this tbh.

The Olympic National Sports Complex

This is apparently an obstructed view seat from the stadium where Liverpool played Real Madrid in the Champions League Final earlier this year - home also to the Ukranian national team and FC Dynamo Kiev, officially opened in 1942 and redeveloped ahead of the Euro 2012 Championships.

View or no view, Liverpool fans may have wanted to look away at about 64 minutes into that aforementioned final, when Bale scored his first. 

Estadio Azteca

The barbed wire barrier here definitely adds a certain atmosphere at the home of the Mexico national football team. Pele and Maradona both lifted the World Cup here and it will be one of the venues for the US-Mexico-Canada World Cup in 2026, but it's in a pretty poor state of repair.

In 2016, several sections of the stands were redesigned to create VIP roofed areas. Critics have pointed out that this has impacted the visibility from one of the two main stands, with metal structures now largely limiting the visibility of the field.

Cierny Balog, Slovakia

An amateur team in the central Slovakian region of Cierny Balog reportedly play their home games next to this railway line. Disclaimer: we’re not sure people actually pay for these seats. Even though we would actually consider it. Looks like a fun day out. 

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