Updated by Josh Ringler

The summer is winding down, and you all know what the means: it’s almost football season! This sport is a national pastime enjoyed by both sexes; why not take part in some of the action yourself? Playing football, or even just watching a game, is a great way to get a group of your friends together and have some fun, or just invite over that special someone! Football offers a full stadium of date ideas, and we found some of them for you below!

This is one of the many date ideas the sports world has to offer!

NFL Preseason begins soon: check out the schedule to see when you can catch your favorite team on TV.  Check your local paper for bars and pubs offering game night activities, like Buffalo Wild Wings does. Going out to eat can be a really fun way to spend some of your football date ideas!  You can expect raffles, contests, and lots of noise cheering favorite teams to victory.

Related Link: Date Idea: Cheer for Your Favorite Football Team

Football and sports are a great way to bond closer to your partner. Over time in a relationship, an important piece of dating advice is to find ways to keep things fresh and new. Football (or any other sport) could be your avenue for new found happiness in a relationship. Plus, who doesn’t love some competition! Take our dating tips to heart and have a fun little competition!

Related Link: Weekend Date Idea: Bases, Peanuts, and Home Runs!

If you prefer to get active, get a team together to play in a nearby park on weekend afternoons.  Post a sign-up sheet around your area to get more people involved.  You might even meet a future lover in the process.  (Hint: Divvy up the teams so your can get close to that new cutie – or put him or her on the opposite team as an excuse to tackle!) Celebrity couples are always going to football games, and some like Tom Brady even play! So going to a game could be another great date idea for you and your loved one.

Have a football tradition of your own?  Comment below and share with our other readers.  And if you want other themed date ideas, let Cupid know!