It's Just Lunch Survey Reveals Women's Motives for Going to Baseball Games--74% Think Baseball Games are a Great Place to Meet Men

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Singles Top Pet Peeve at a Baseball Game Â? Talking On Cell Phones

A survey of over 8,500 singles nationwide by It’s Just Lunch, the premier dating service for busy professionals, with over 75 locations worldwide, found that over 2/3 of women, but only half of men think a baseball game is a good place to take a date. What’s more, nearly 3/4 (74%) of women think a baseball game is a good place to meet men.

However, if going to a game is part of your dating repertoire, leave the cell phone at home. 38% of men responded that they find talking on cell phones more annoying than complaining about the seats (33%) or acting completely uninterested in the game (28%).

“If you’ve met someone you like, going to a sporting event can be a great idea for a date – it’s a fun and casual atmosphere, you’re outdoors and it’s an activity that you both enjoy,” said Andrea McGinty, founder of It’s Just Lunch. Andrea added, however, that the length of a game does not make it appropriate for the first date. It’s Just Lunch recommends lunch or a drink after work for first dates.

Why do men and women get along so well at games? Men are accepting when it comes to not being there for the last out; 77% said they would understand if their date wanted to leave a game early.

The survey also revealed that 90% of women brush up on baseball fundamentals before games, either by reading the sports page (31%), learning the names of key players (30%), or making sure they understand the rules of the game (29%).

Chivalry is not dead, at least among baseball fans. 84% of men said if they caught a ball in the stands, they would give it to their date.

As far as the players themselves, who would women most like to date? 40% say Derek Jeter, 21% Mike Piazza, 17% Alex Rodriguez and 15% Johnny Damon. The infield takes the prize for the sexiest positions: 46% find the pitcher to be the sexiest; 32% think shortstops are sexier. Sorry outfield, only 7% of respondents found you the sexiest.

Additional survey highlights:

•    31% of men think 9 innings is too long, 7 innings would be better, compared to the vast majority of women (85%) who think 9 innings is about right.

•    67% of men feel scoreboard marriage proposals are too public or embarrassing, while 8% find it romantic.

•    If singles had great seats for Opening Day, 37% of men would take someone they want to ask out on a first date, while 29% of women would take a colleague and 13% would take their dad.

•    41% of women are okay with their significant other watching 1 game a week; with 26% saying 2-3 games a week is enough.

•    Nearly 1/3 of women have gone to a sports bar solely to meet men.

•    Baseball players are cuter than basketball and football players according to 37% of female singles. 7% thought it was because they sweat less.

•    The sexes agree. 51% of singles think the New York Yankees are the best looking American League team. As for the National League, 33% of women think the Chicago Cubs are the most attractive team.

About It’s Just Lunch

Since It’s Just Lunch was founded in 1991, the company has arranged millions of fun, first date lunches or drinks after work—an atmosphere where singles can feel comfortable with the process of meeting a new person. With over 75 locations worldwide, each day It’s Just Lunch arranges hundreds of fun, first dates over lunch or drinks after work at over 1,100 restaurants. With many introductions leading to second dates, It’s Just Lunch is the world’s first date authority.

The U.S. dating service industry is estimated at nearly $1.5 billion, and growing at 25% annually, with 110 million single adults in the United States alone.

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