6 Ways to Make Your House THE Place to Watch Sports


1. Have Plenty of Seating
Seating is still one of the most important aspects of having friends over to watch the game. To separate your home from every other venue, do a test run and make sure that you can see well and be comfortable from every seat in the house. In the same way that newer movie theaters are designed with every individual in mind rather than focusing on sheer numbers, folks will remember that your house doesn’t have a bad seat in it (and will come back for more).

2. Have Internet Access Within Reach
While pool tables and dartboards are nice (and still a welcome addition), today’s sports fan can always find a reason or three to go online during commercials or at half time. Having internet access in the same room will allow you to check stats, settle bets, and look up YouTube videos without interrupting your sports viewing.

3. Don’t Skimp on the Refreshments
Always have plenty of easy-to-prepare foods ready to go. A deep freezer combined with a microwave can be a killer combination on game day, and could even save you some money if you generally order out. Keeping a moderately sized refrigerator filled with libations isn’t a bad idea, either (or, for the connoisseur, perhaps a couple taps are in order).

4. Have Access to Temperature Control
It seems like a no-brainer, but when it comes to basement bars (one of the favored places of the sports fan), there are still folks out there who can’t control how warm or cold the space is effectively. When you’re talking football, you can quickly install electric baseboard heaters around the room to take the chill out of the air in a jiffy. For most of baseball season, a small air conditioner can do wonders if you only need to cool one room.

5. Make a Bathroom Easily Accessible
Should be self-explanatory. Remodeling Magazine puts the average cost of a bathroom addition in 2007 at $37,202, but this includes, “cultured-marble vanity top with molded sink; standard chrome faucets; 30-by-60-inch white fiberglass tub/shower with ceramic tile surround; single-lever temperature and pressure-balanced faucet; white low-profile toilet; general and spot lighting; electrical wiring to code; mirrored medicine cabinet; linen storage closet or cabinet; vinyl wallpaper; painted trim; and ceramic tile floor.” Installing a no-frills half bath in areas that need them can obviously be done at a far lower cost to you!

6. Make Sure You’re not Bothering Others
Sometimes the thing that ruins a game isn’t the score, the company, the setting, or the food; sometimes, it’s the annoyed (often rightfully so) neighbors or other household members that can’t concentrate on what they are doing because you and your friends are being too loud. If this has been a problem for you and yours in the past: add some soundproofing. Problem solved.