Popping the Question at a Professional Sporting Event: Yes or No?

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2010

“What were you planning on doing? Asking her to marry you at a Yankee game?” Jack Nicholson mockingly asked Adam Sandler in the movie “Anger Management.”

“Yes, how did you know?” he responded.

“I didn’t. I just thought of the corniest thing I could think of.”

A marriage proposal is probably the hardest question any person can ever ask.

Think about it: When you pop the question, you are practically asking that person for their life. And when a man proposes to his lady, it’s supposed to be special.

Maybe it’s a moonlight dinner under the stars on a beautiful night. The man pulls out the ring and pops the question. Very romantic, right?

Perhaps the man wants to play it old school and take his lady out to a fine restaurant. He has the waiter put the ring in the champagne glass before bending down on one knee. And at last, pop goes the question.

But what about asking her in public? And not just in public, at a pro sporting event!

At most games, whether it be the seventh inning stretch or halftime, it seems one of the traditional things to do now is propose to the love of your life.

Boy meets girl. Girl falls for boy. They are both in love with each other. Boy asks girl to marry him at a game.

It doesn’t sound very romantic, but believe it or not some people love the idea. In fact, some girls have even gone as far as saying their dream is to be proposed to at a sporting event.

Men have said they think the idea is cool, even though it is a bit clichéd.

Although it may have been done many times before, there are innovative ways to propose at a sporting event.

For example, on the day of the couples’ anniversary, the man can play it off like he forgot the special day. He then makes the arrangements to have the question written on the scoreboard and when the time comes…will you marry me?

Talk about a good ploy and overall a sweet idea.

Yet there are others who feel strongly toward the other side.

Some women feel the idea is not personal at all. Those who have made the argument state that proposing at a sporting event is a “hoax” and “just a way to draw attention to yourselves.”

After all, marriage proposals are not just questions, they are commitments. When you make that proposal, you want to remember it forever. But if you pop the question at a game, wouldn’t you remember it forever anyway?

In my opinion, it depends on who you are. If my girlfriend is as huge Yankee fan as I am, I think she would be more accepting of the idea.

In fact, it might be what she wants depending on what type of personality she has.

Would I ever ask my girlfriend to marry me at a Yankees game? Maybe, maybe not.

If she has an easygoing demeanor and she is a type of person who wouldn’t mind, then absolutely yes. But if she is the type of person who wants it to be romantic and done in a more traditional way, then I would not go ahead with it.

What I would like to know is when the trend began?

Who was the first person to ever propose at a game?

It’s almost impossible to find out when exactly it all began, but nonetheless it still remains a staple of most sporting events.

And if you’re wondering, it worked for Sandler’s character in “Anger Management.” Marisa Tomei, his girlfriend in the movie, said yes to him in front a live, capacity crowd at Yankee Stadium.

I can only hope I have the same luck if I ever decide to try it.

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