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The Cheap Seats

Catching a game doesn't have to cost you a small fortune

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Everyone from families to college students could use a little help saving a few bucks, especially at sporting events where concessions alone can force a run to the nearest ATM to check your account balance. However, with all the promotions and deals available to spectators in Boise, you can actually afford to watch athletes work their butts off while you sit on yours.

The Boise Hawks offers deals nearly every night of the week, including "Four for $34" deals, which provide four reserved third-base or home-plate seats, four hot dogs and four sodas for $34 if you bring a nonperishable food item to the box office. The Hawks also offer $1 Family Feast Nights, when hot dogs, snow cones, ice cream sandwiches and popcorn are all only $1 each. First-base reserved seats can also be purchased for $1 by wearing a Hawkstown bracelet, which are available at Walgreens, 94.9 The Eagle and the stadium box office. Visit boisehawks.com for more information.

For hard-core hockey fans, the Idaho Steelheads offer a range of promotions, including seating in section 201 with 1350 KTIK for only $13.50. On Family Fun Fridays you can get four tickets, sodas and hot dogs for $44. In addition, 48 hours before every home game, top shelf seats located in the top row of the Qwest Arena are made available. Although those seats won't afford you a view of large, bearded hockey players punching each other a mere 3 feet from your face, tickets are only $10 for adults and $7 for kids. Visit idahosteelheads.com for more information.

Qwest Arena is also home to the Idaho Stampede, Boise's NBA D-League team. Check idahostampede.com before each home game to see updated deals, which include the "Four for $40" deal that buys four tickets, four hot dogs or hamburgers, and four sodas for $40. There's also the food-drive deal, which gets you a ticket if you donate food to the Idaho Food Bank. For the kiddies, reading is the ticket to a free ticket. The KeyBank Reading program awards kids with free tickets to a game for clocking in enough reading hours. Or, find at least 10 of your closest friends—your office buddies, family members or even a few basketball-loving strangers—in order to take advantage of discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more for $7 each.