Adding a calendar from your favorite sports team is really easy to do. You just need to get an “ics file” with their schedule. Some teams make it easy. For example, on the Seattle Seahawks website, you just click “Download Now” from their schedule page while Outlook 2013 is open. The calendar magically appears in Outlook. You can rename it to whatever you want and instantly, you have the whole season in your calendar.
Other sites don’t make it so easy. But in those cases, copy the URL for the ics file and then open Outlook. Click “Open Calendar” from the Home tab and select “From Internet”. Paste your URL into the box and you’re all set.
How does a busy family fit football into their already crazy schedule? I suggest planning ahead for the whole season. I’m lucky enough to have season tickets. I figure out which home games I want to go to so I can figure out when I need to make other plans for the kids. For the games I’ll miss, my husband figures out which friend he’ll be inviting OR we sell that pair of tickets (to help pay for our season). By doing as much of this at the start of the season as possible, you can actually ENJOY the season. If you don’t, this fun leisure activity could become pretty stressful as you’re constantly needing to remember which games you’re attending and whether or not you have made arrangements for the kids or not.
I realize this is more realistic for people with older kids. But we have a network of friends who attend EVERY home game because they have a great arrangement with the grandparents, aunts and uncles, even when their children were very young. It’s important that couples make time for themselves and this is a great excuse. And the grandparents are NOT complaining about getting extra time with the grandkids.