Reply To: Taking toddler to football match

Jack J

Thanks Darryl

I actually took him a couple of weeks ago after my OP. There was only about 2,000 there, which helped somewhat as it wasn’t particularly noisy. We sat in the ‘family stand’, though this wasn’t just reserved for adults with kids as I know it is elsewhere but the people around us were pleasant enough and weren’t rowdy. An aisle seat is very important, we had this and a godsend.

He was fascinated from the moment we walked in, up and down by the pitch and everything. We met the mascot (a big red Devil), and he liked that. The kids zone I mentioned, Devils Den, was busy with older children playing computer games and table football but nothing suitable for kids Isaac’s age.

I sat with him on my lap, which was cool. The game started, he was quite curious and apprehensive I think to start with but he joined in with clapping after a short while. We took plenty of snacks, which we a great distraction for the few times he became restless (we had two snacks in the first half!) but once restless, it was quickly managed – we took a few walks down by pitchside etc.

We were surprised with how engaged (relatively) Isaac was and he wasn’t particularly fidgety etc on my lap, until probably 75 minutes (so 1 hr and a half with half time in the seat, two hours at stadium in total with wandering about etc before it started). He became tired and was beginning to cry so we left early, within minutes after getting back in the car he was asleep.

My missus was pleasantly surprised and reassured. We had a good time, particularly me and Isaac I think (my missus just left us to it to observe – let me engage him) and I think we’ll go again infrequently. Snacks and toys are important and I’ll happily leave early again but he enjoyed it, especially the start.

It meant we missed the second goal in our 2-0 win though…

I hope this is useful guys, your help certainly was.

*Oh, after spending the morning praying he’d do a poo, he finally did a whopper with about 10 mins of our journey to the stadium left so I changed his bum in the boot of the car at the stadium – despite a few odd looks from a group of teenage lads who’d arrived in the car next to us but hey it got it out of the way. Again I changed him when we got back to the car before he slept.

But I checked and there were no baby changing facilities at the ground. I think I’d be cool using a table or the floor in that Devils Den area though if necessary as it’s quite secluded. I wouldn’t be allowed to leave the stadium and come back in to use the car to change so I’d have to make do.