Attending a game in person sounds like a great idea to most sports fans. Being there in person is almost always a more memorable experience than watching on television and every fan should experience seeing their team live at least a couple of times.
That being said, there are many ways in which being there is actually better in theory than in practice.
It's not that going to a game totally sucks or anything, it's just that getting together with some friends to watch at home or a local bar is a ton of fun. Not to mention so much less of a hassle for everyone involved.
In some ways it's a much more controlled environment—you know everyone involved and exactly what you're getting into when you commit. In other ways there's far less control—you're not being searched upon entry and monitored by police and stadium security all day.
When you attend a sporting event in person, suddenly, you're at the mercy of everything and everyone around you. And there's generally nothing that can be done to improve a bad situation.
Here are 20 ways the best day ever can quickly spiral into the gutter, with relatively little warning at all.