Should I Spend Donuts On Sportacus, the Boxing Ring or the Tennis Court?

SIDE NOTE BUNNY: For info on the Crashing Issue, please see the following post.


Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!

It’s getting sporty in Springfield!  With the 2015 Tap Ball Event loads of new sports related decorations and buildings have been introduced in our stores.  During Act 1 of the event we have the option of purchasing two decorations and one building for donuts. Now I know you may be trying to decide if any of these items are worth YOUR donuts, but don’t sweat it!  We’re here to tell you what’s worth the donuts and what you might want to hold off on.

Wondering if you should add Sportacus, the Boxing Ring or the Tennis Court to YOUR Springfield?  Well before you hit that confirm button let’s break down the pros and cons of adding these sport themed items to YOUR Springfield!



Building: Sportacus
Donut Price:
85 Donuts
$260 & 26XP/10hrs
Conform-O-Meter Impact: 
Consumerism +10

-Comes with a short questline and 1 time use task for Willie
-Neat looking building
-Adds to consumerism, one of the hardest areas to max out

-Does not pay out event currency
-Pricey for a one time use building

Final Thought:
Personally I don’t think this is worth the donuts.  If it paid event currency or Willie’s task was permanent, I’d think it was a little more worth it…but as it stands I think it’s a pass.   

Stay away from this one in my opinion.  Just not worth the donuts for what it is/what it does.

Sportacus Leaves Our Stores on July 3rd



Decoration: Boxing Ring
Donut Price: 30 Donuts
Bonus %:
0.50% on all cash and XP
Vanity +150
No, buy as many as you’d like
Does it Do Anything: No, just a decoration.  No animation, and no one uses it.

My opinion on decorations has always been, if you like it get it.  If you don’t pass.  So I won’t be doing Pros and Cons on this.  

Final Thought:
This one, for me, isn’t worth it from a practical stand point.  The price for bonus %, is awful.  There are far better items you can pickup around the same cost that offer a MUCH better bonus % (like the Jet Engine Bike).

The Boxing Ring Leaves Our Stores on July 3rd



Decoration: Tennis Court
Donut Price: 50 Donuts
Bonus %:
2.25% on all cash and XP
Vanity +500
No, buy as many as you’d like
Does it Do Anything: No, just a decoration.  No animation, and no one uses it.

My opinion on decorations has always been, if you like it get it.  If you don’t pass.  So I won’t be doing Pros and Cons on this.  


Final Thought
I like this one.  The bonus % is decent for the price.  Plus, for me, it reminds me of my Grandpa.  89 years old and still playing tennis regularly (and he can seriously kick my butt at it).  For me this is one I’d pick up…

The Tennis Courts Leave Our Game when the Event Ends. (So no rush to get it right now)


And that wraps up the three Act 1 premium items in our stores.

What are your thoughts on the premium items?  Any you’ve purchased?  Where have you placed them in your Springfield?  Sound off in the comments below, you know we love hearing from you!

59 responses to “Should I Spend Donuts On Sportacus, the Boxing Ring or the Tennis Court?

  1. I’ve picked up Sportacus upon its return because I’ve been waiting and waiting for something that would look good next to the Gridiron. Very few buildings seem to be the proper size and this one is also sports-themed. So even though I passed on it before, and wish it was a bit cheaper, I’m glad it returned. That little block of my downtown is almost done, now. 🙂

  2. stupidsexyflanders

    I noticed the Tennis Court is in Springfield Heights for 10 award statues. Still carries the same bonus. Somehow I feel dirty.

    • Dirty? During the last event, I acquired 336 of them. Now, THAT’S dirty! (I never got the final prizes. I was too busy making statues, coffee, phones, pills, and mats all week. But I did bump my bonus from 330 to 1100.)

      • Boom!!! Now THAT’S what I call taking EA’s offer to the bank. And no doubt about it…if EA wanted to kill the value of donut farming, that certainly wasn’t the way to do it.

  3. Just curious now that tennis marge is in our games can she use the tennis court?

  4. Hello Alissa, Wookie & Bunny! 😀🍻

    Have you guys done a post on the flags? The reason I’m asking is I’m playing on a iPhone 4S and can’t make out the design on the Learn To Fart & Fraternal Love flags. I would love to see (literally) if I want to buy them.
    Thank you for any help! 👍😀🍪🍫🍩

    • We did, but the images we have are also very small. I can try to locate a larger one… hang on…

      • Ok… Hanging on. 😄
        No rush. I still have 17days 9hours to make my decision. Relax and have a safe and fun filled holiday weekend! 🌞🌽🍉🍔🍴🍻🍷🎶💫🎆

  5. Can’t find a post about should I buy the balance beam for Lisa. Did I miss it?. If it unlocks more interesting tasks for her I might go for it.

    • I didn’t do one. I don’t plan on doing one. I’ve never been a fan of Gymnastics Lisa or the Balance Beam (just annoying and hard to place). A

    • Gymnast Lisa’s 12-hour task on the balance beam is, alone, worth the price of admission, IMHO. Also, it’s nice to have a premium skin for her. I had been covering her ever since I first saw her in a neighbor’s town a long time ago, so I just had to pull the trigger when she came along for this event. (Plus, having a 12-hour Amateur Bucks task allows her to earn Amateur Bucks for me overnight better than just the 8-hour task did. But I wouldn’t spend the donuts *just* for that.)

  6. So, T-Bub asked a question further down that I’m really curious about now.. Is there ANY chance that the tennis court and/or boxing ring will be used by Tennis Marge or Boxing Tatum in the future? I know they’ve done it with buildings but has a decoration’s code ever been changed after its release to let characters interact with it? If there’s even a slight chance they might use them I really want to get them but if they are really truly going to remain simple decorations I will skip them…. does anybody remember if this has happened before?

  7. terrible items imo. i just got a $25 guftcard and didnt get any of these terrible items

  8. Allison, Bunny, Wookie – how do you guys keep up with all of this stuff and put up with all the posts – I’m amazed.
    Do you truly have lives outside of Tapped Out? lol
    Good job gang. Everyday – this is the first website i check out in order to max out my playing time on TSTO. Thanks again. again.

    • I dunno… if you figure it out, tell me please. 😉

    • I agree nanny! How DO they do it? 😎 Seriously, thanks so much for all you three do! I almost bought the Sportucus, but couldn’t tell if it paid out. Thank you! Dodged a bullet with that one. The LAST thing I need in my crowded SF are more buildings that don’t pay out. They really shouldn’t even offer them anymore now that lots of SFs are so huge, with people crying for more land ( until now) My little tracts of house farms were about to go, but I can keep them longer now. Rachel

  9. Has there been a SIB post yet on the balance beam? Sorry if I missed it. Love love love this website. It is a huge help with the game.

  10. What did they do with this update??? Homer keeps yelling at me about every 15 minutes to come play — even if I’ve literally JUST closed the app. Turned off my sound alerts (which usually doesn’t work out well for me remembering to check in) because it’s stressing me out!

    • This is happening to me, too. I mean, I’m a pretty frequent tapper, but Homer is getting a *bit* demanding.

      • Yes, I’m hating this notification voice. They need to get rid of it ASAP. I need to have mine on for other reasons, and I can’t have this constant yelling from my iPad. Come on, EA – this is dumb & highly annoying! Rachel

    • I have had the same problem, phone would say that even if the volume was off. You have to go to the settings app on your device. Hit apps, then hit Simpsons tapped out. It should have a check box for push notifications. Uncheck that box and the voice should stop. Warning though it won’t show on the status bar of your device if someone visited or if a job is done but I was ok with that since it got rid of him telling me to put pants on.

  11. The tennis court would have been a nice prize (better than the tire thingy we got) – I would have liked to have had one for one of my mansions or something – but the % isn’t good enough for me to part with my precious sprinklies for (and I don’t have any particular sentimental attachment to tennis courts…well, except for learning to play tennis in gym class in elementary school using a Mr. Peanut’s Guide to Tennis booklet as our “text book,” lol!).

  12. I can’t find Lisa and the balance beam should I buy

  13. Crusty Krusty

    I picked up the boxing ring and put it near Duff Stadium and the Coliseum. It looks like a practice/warm-up ring for Coliseum fights and the Duff logo matches up with the stadium making an athletic area.
    Having the Stadium and Coliseum is the only way it makes sense imo, unless you got Sportacus and are making a fitness area. That might be cool.

  14. Little update has hit meaning the characters little catchphrases finish again even when off screen.

    • Really? I was liking that I could stop them by swiping. Oh well. Thanks for the info, Repo. Rachel

  15. I just got the stadium lights. Holy cow! is it BIG!! It towers over Duff Stadium, let alone that petite soccer patch of ground. My disappointment far outweighed my anticipation after I put it in my town. Will I be buying a second one? Not any more – in fact this one will be another item tucked into an ever-growing inventory of useless (to me) items. LOL

  16. I just got the truck and don’t have enough donuts yet to get the tennis court. I’m freemium and just hoping to hit enough bonus boxes to reach 50 before the end of the event. I am creating an area like a sports complex and it would make a great addition. And the percentage bonus seems worth it.

  17. My opinion is to get Sportacus, I love the look of it!

  18. Sportacus is a hero to my son here in the UK …just look up the show on U tube Lazy Town …awesome way to get your kids hooked on exercise and eating fruit ; )

  19. I can see how the Tennis Court is the best choice out of these 3 Premium Items exclusive to the Tap Ball Event …. there’s just no rush to spend Donuts on it (Tappers have a few weeks to decide) … but EA isn’t impressing me with the lack of Freemiums available to purchase

  20. I wonder if later on, boxing skin for Tatum (I see it’s an upcoming daily task prize) and tennis marge may have use (hopefully) for the tennis court(marge) + Boxing ring (tatum).

  21. I snagged two tennis courts 🙂 I put one behind the high school and one behind one of the mansions. I was considering the boxing ring but since Tatum won’t interact with it I passed. Thanks for all the help! You gals ROCK!!

  22. I have that problem and have been locked out of my game . I spoke with ea and apparently they are looking into it and have told me to give it 24 hours and then try my game again and hopefully it will be fixed by then .

  23. …okay this is an odd one but is anyone else a bit freaked out by Apu polishing his balls 24hrs task! %! serious don’t zoom in

  24. I’ve seen a ‘springfield community centre’ in done neighbour towns. Where is that from?

  25. CapCityGoofball

    Thanks, would be nice if Dredrick used the boxing ring. Then maybe more would buy it! 🙂

    Also agree about Sportacus, if Willie’s task was permanent it would help tip the scales. As it stands I’ve got enough stuff to try to squeeze in even with the new land.

  26. Can I just say that I love these posts. They are so helpful for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  27. It’s nice to see all the new premium items in their own SIB. But I’ve noticed there’s one everyone has missed that was a giveaway episode tie-in before but is (was for me XD) available for 45 donuts: Oscar’s Obstacle Truck. It gives out a 2.25% bonus on all XP and $. Hope to see it included soon and hope I helped the head addicts a bit!

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