Economy dips and fans react

"I am an avid Toronto Blue Jays fan and attend spring training each year. As a family, we attend roughly 5 games a year and spend an average of $200/game including tickets. Will we spend less now? Probably not. That's because we budget accordingly for the things we enjoy to do. We don't spend more than we have on things that we THINK we need — baseball included." —Adam Stevenson, Toronto

"No economic impact in my sports budget. In fact, I'm spending more this year as a co-season ticket holder for the NHL Blue Jackets here in Columbus. Our season ticket group actually upgraded our tickets this year to nearly double our ticket cost from previous seasons. While attending the Ohio State-Purdue game last Saturday, I couldn't help but notice Mike that with the economic crisis, people are still attending football games, hockey games, NBA games. They are still going out to restaurants, buying souvenirs, staying in hotels and travelling to see their favorite sports teams. Truthfully, this economic situation has been blown way, way out of proportion." —John Wisse, Columbus

"As a Vikings football fan I'll be extremely interested in what happens to the Vikings' stadium situation over the next couple of years. With Ziggy Wilf wanting a new stadium, their Metrodome lease running out in 2011 and the state of the economy, I seriously doubt whether new stadium, either completely or even partially constructed with public dollars would ever get approved.

"Move the team??? Hmmm..." —Jack Johnson, Rochester, Minn.

"I am a season ticket holder for the Connecticut Sun (WNBA); New York Mets (Saturday games only); UConn Huskies men's and women's basketball (Hartford games only). I attend the Big East women's tournament, some NCAA women's tournament games, and I've been to four women's Final Fours. So I watch a lot of sports. I have renewed my subscription to UConn hoops, I will renew my subscription for the Sun, but I am waiting to see what the Mets will offer me in (the new park), and how much it will cost, and I am thinking of downgrading to outfield bleacher seats." —John Simpson, Hamden, Conn.

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