Sports fan or concert fan, you’re the same

There are adrenaline junkies who get their rush from rollercoasters, skydiving and climbing to the top of the world. However, many attend events that give that rush of adrenaline and excitement.

There are two different major events a person could attend out of many, a sporting event and a concert. Both are relatively exciting and create a strong emotion in the individuals who are present.

“I attend sporting events because I enjoy watching the games in person rather than on TV,” said Samantha Hernandez, 18, a sports management major at Santa Fe College.

“To experience the music I love in a different, fun setting with a bunch of other people that love the same artist or music,” said Angely Rincon, 19, a finance major at the University of Florida on attending concerts.

In sports, 58% of males attended sporting events in 2013, according to Ticketmaster’s LiveAnalytics.

At concerts, 61% of diehard female fans attended concert events in 2012, according to Bandsintown, a website which connects musicians to their fans.

Despite having such a large gender gap in the two types of events, both fans exhibit similar behavior when they are in the audience.

Contrasting the two, sport fans tend to be more aggressive as they cheer on for their team or boo the opposing team. Some psychologists believe that this behavior is connected to our primitive past when warriors had to protect their tribe, according to Sport Networker writer, Thomas Van Schaik.

“I get excited, but mad if my team is losing,” said Hernandez.

However, Hernandez is only mad in the moment. A win or lost does not affect her mood for the rest of the day or week, unless if it was a championship game like the MLB World Series or NBA Finals.

On the other hand, concert goers exhibit minor aggressive, and a more positive attitude. Some music fans described their most powerful musical experiences as an almost religious experience with pounding heart, tears and no words to explain their emotions, according to Psychology Today writer, Stephanie Booth.

A major difference of a concert goer is that some may display celebrity worship syndrome behavior which is an obsessive-addictive disorder where an individual becomes overly involved and interested with the details of the personal life of a celebrity, according to Psychology Today expert, Dr. Mark D. Griffiths.

“I try to get as close as I can, maybe make some new friends [and] try to meet the artists,” said Rincon.

Rincon is happy that she’s able to see her favorite artists perform and it is nice to say that she had the opportunity and experience of attending a concert.

Similarly, there is screaming, applauding and sometimes profanity in both settings. Fans from both spectrums demonstrate characteristics of disinhibition which is a temporary loss of inhibition caused by an outside stimulus, according to

It allows fans to escape their normal daily life and express themselves freely, according to Van Schaik.

So, yes, despite the event, environment and demographics at both events, both audiences can still be connected psychologically for their actions and emotions.


Author: xsabrinalynn

Sabrina is a fourth year journalism major, specializing in sports and media. Her favorite sport to watch and cover are college and NFL football games. When she's not doing that, she enjoys hanging out with her cat, going to concerts and traveling.

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