By Jessica Naziri
Sometimes the spectators at sporting events can draw as much attention as the players.
They'll no doubt be plenty of stars popping up on TV during the Super Bowl, but it's quite another thing to be a loyal fan, who shows up on a regular basis.
|Slideshow: Die-Hard Celebrity Sports Fans|
These avid and loyal fans spend big bucks to sit up close — often in the first row. Take "Sopranos" actor Steve Schirripa, a longtime New York Yankees baseball fan who likes to sit behind home plate, where tickets cost up to $2,500 a game. Or "Fantastic Four" star Jessica Alba, who often sits courtside at Golden State Warrior basketball games. A premium seat at the team's Oakland arena can cost $1,700. And of course, there's three-time Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson, who goes to just about every Los Angeles Lakers home game. He has held courtside season tickets for more than three decades. Courtside tickets to Lakers games can cost more than $5,000.
Who are these die-hard celebrity sports fans? Check out the slideshow to see who made our list of celebrity sports fans and how much one of their tickets might cost.
Oh, and by the way, we've excluded those celebs with a financial or personal interest in the team. So sorry, George W. Bush; even though you are a big Texas Rangers baseball fan, you were once part-owner of the team. And Jay-Z: We know you're a Nets fan, but you, too, are an owner.
Despite the spotty Warriors' record, Alba is a huge Golden State fan. Alba proves that you don't need to be a Bay Area native to be a fan -- she lives in Los Angeles, but is frequently spotted at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, cheering on the Warriors. Premium seats were about $1,700 for the Miami Heat-Warriors game Jan. 10, according to StubHub. Pictured here: Alba watches the game with husband, Cash Warren.
Ferrell, a USC alumnus, often performed motivational stunts for the team’s players during coach Pete Carroll's nine-year tenure. While Snoop Dogg did not attend USC, the Southern California native stays close to his roots and has remained a loyal Trojan fan despite recent scandals with the team. Premium seats (sideline, club level) for marquee games can cost $1,100, according to Ticketsnow.com.
She's beautiful and he's handsome. But retired tennis player Anna Kournikova and singer Enrique Iglesias have more than good looks in common. Both are season ticket holders and longtime Miami Heat fans. Now that LeBron James is with the team, more celebrities might be jumping on the bandwagon. Premium seats (courtside, club level) sold for about $1,500 against the Boston Celtics on Dec. 27, according to NBA.com and StubHub.
Although Judd was born in California, she moved with her mother to Kentucky when she was young and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1990. It would be shocking to be watching a Kentucky basketball game on television and not see Judd cheering in the stands. Premium seats (courtside, club level) were about $2,000 against North Carolina Dec. 3, according to StubHub.
"People" magazine's sexiest man alive is a huge Longhorns football fan. McConaughey, a Texan native, attended the University of Texas, and is often spotted cheering for the team. Premium (north end zone seats) start at $200, according to tickco.com.
Like many Canadians, Myers -- comedian, actor, screenwriter and producer -- is enamored with hockey. He even chose his favorite team to provide the backdrop for his movie "The Love Guru." In an Austin Powers movie, Mini-Me wore a Maple Leafs jersey in one scene. Tickets to a game could cost $1,176 for a top matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, according to StubHub. Myers is pictured here at the Leafs-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 27, 2011.
Nicholson, a native of New Jersey, has been a courtside fixture for more than 30 years. He's the consummate fan; he harangues refs, talks with opposing coaches and trash talks with players. He's shown his famous face in opposing arenas when the Lakers have made the finals. If he misses two games in a row, the announcers jokingly blame him for any team loss during his absence. Premium seats (courtside, club level) were in the $5,000 range against the New York Knicks on Dec. 29, according to StubHub.
Condoleezza Rice (pictured here with NBC broadcaster Al Michaels) grew up watching the Cleveland Browns with her father, John, who was a football and basketball coach. She was also engaged to Rick Upchurch, a professional football player, in the 1970s. After finishing her term as secretary of state, Rice hinted that she wanted to be NFL commissioner, but returned to Stanford University as a professor. Premium seats (sideline, club level) were in the $500-range for the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns game Jan. 1, according to StubHub.
It's always nice when a superstar roots for the underdog -- especially when it's so easy to live in New York and be a Yankees fan. Seinfeld is such a fan of the Mets that he even had first baseman Keith Hernandez guest star on the "Seinfeld" show, with the episode making references to the 1986 World Series. Premium suites start at $3,200 for 35 people, depending on the game.
Former Playboy bunny and ex-Hugh Hefner girlfriend, Wilkinson-Baskett has always been a huge football fan, which may explain why she married wide receiver Hank Baskett. Even though the E! TV personality’s husband is currently a free agent, Wilkinson-Baskett does not hide the fact that she is still a lifelong, diehard Chargers fan. Premium seats (sideline, club level) were in the $800 range against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 25, according to StubHub.
Click here for CNBC's complete slideshow of Die-Hard Celebrity Sports Fans.
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