Best Cheap Sporting Event - 2005
The Arena Football League has always touted itself as sports' most fan-friendly league -- the league even has a Fans' Bill of Rights -- and that's largely because of the prices. A family of four can spend $400 to watch the Niners lose to Arizona 17-13, or pay a fraction of that to watch the SaberCats play a solid brand of uptempo, high-scoring football at the HP Pavilion. This April, for instance, the team offered a package of four lower-level tickets, four sodas, and four hot dogs for $60. More important, these games aren't just idle distractions to pass a Friday evening: The SaberCats actually win. They're the only Bay Area team with a recent championship -- two in the past three seasons, in fact -- which is the ultimate test of fan-friendliness.