Top Pet-Friendly Sports Arenas

Top Pet-Friendly Sports Arenas

Gearing up for a day at the ballpark with your family? This year, don’t worry about calling the dog sitter before heading out to the game and take your pooch with you! Sports arenas across the country are making it easier than ever to enjoy your favorite sport alongside your favorite four-legged cheerleader. Get the details on some pet-friendly events happening in your neck of the woods, below.

Baseball Events

A number of professional ballparks are opening up their gates and rolling out the red carpet for fans and their pups to enjoy a game, meet some new pet parents and pick up some swag. At “Bark At The Park” hosted by the Mets, fans can join their pups in a parade on the field prior to the game and proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the local North Shore Animal League.

The Cincinnati Reds host four “Bark in the Park” events throughout the season and provide T-shirt to any pet parent that purchases a pair of tickets for any event. The Pittsburgh Pirates also hold numerous “Pup Nights” throughout the season and donate a portion of event ticket sales to local animal shelters.

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Other Pet-Friendly Sporting Events

While baseball games seem to be the most popular pup-friendly sporting event, there are other teams looking to get in on the action, too. The San Antonio Stars—a professional women’s basketball team—have been hosting a “Hoops and Hounds” event since 2009 with pet tickets being sold for as little as $5. San Antonio’s AHL team, the San Antonio Rampage, has also hosted a “Pucks & Paws” game for several years, while the Utah Grizzlies and Michigan Warriors have also hosted similar events in which hockey fans have been able to bring their pups out to a game.

As you search for tickets to a pet-friendly game in your area, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Your dog should be properly socialized with other people, dogs and different environments, especially ones that may be loud or raucous (similar to a sports arena).
  • Make sure your dog is up to date with its vaccinations, as many teams require proof of proper vaccination before allowing you to enter the event.
  •  Before entering the event, check your dog to make sure it has its leash and collar securely fastened and that its ID tags are visible.
  • And, most importantly, have fun!

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