Save Money At The Ballpark…Got $219.53?
Posted by Kurt Smith
Here is the challenge for people who want to save money at the ballpark…look at this number:
That’s how much it cost to take a family of four to a Major League baseball game in 2016, according to the MLB Fan Cost Index. Four average price tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking one car, and two souvenir caps will set you back over $200. For one game. Eye-popping, isn’t it?
And that’s just the league average—that’s what, say, Tigers or Mets fans pay.
For a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, that number jumps to $360.66. Yankee Stadium? $337.20. Want to see the Cubs at Wrigley Field? That’ll be $312.32, please…and that was before they won their first World Series in 108 years.
It’s as if they know just how much we’ll pay…and then push the envelope beyond that at every turn.
Baseball is a business that is well aware of fans’ emotional attachment to the game. You can’t blame them. Writers, actors, and singers all have agents negotiating huge contracts too. It’s in demand, so the price is tall.
And so where does that leave you, the dedicated fan of live baseball? Shelling out $219.53, enough for a comfortable piece of furniture, to borrow four small metal seats for a few hours.
But what if I shared tips with you that can shave $30, $50, or even $100 or more off of that total?
What if I showed you ways to save sometimes 25% or more on tickets, pay far less for hot dogs and sodas, and find souvenir hats for half of what the team store wants for them? Not to mention much cheaper places to park your car…even free spots?
Wouldn’t it be nice to know all the ways to save money at the ballpark…to the tune of $30, $40 or $50 or more…at your next ballgame? At every game?
If there was a complete guide full of money-saving tips at your home ballpark or a ballpark you planned to visit, you’d want to read it, right?
“Since I’m planning to visit Washington, I got my hands on Kurt’s guide for Nationals Park — and let me tell you, it is THOROUGH. I thought I knew D.C. well, but I’ve already found quite a few nuggets of info in the guide that I’m looking forward to testing for myself. Look in particular for the “Tightwad Tips”…in which he offers money-saving tips that you might not otherwise know about.”
– Edward de la Fuente, The Itinerant Fan
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Here’s just one example: Do you know that most all major league ballparks will let you bring food and non-alcoholic beverages into the ballpark? Why pay $5 for a soda when you can get them for $1 at a nearby drugstore? That’s $16 in savings for a family of four right there. Not to mention what you’ll save buying a bag of peanuts from the nice folks at the nearby church…possibly another four or five bucks.
Already you’ve saved $20. And I’m just getting warmed up.
At every ballpark, there are secrets that insider fans know about saving money…here are just a few examples I’ve found while in specific ballparks:
– Save Money At The Ballpark, Tip #1: Several ballparks have scalp-free ticket selling zones where fans unload extras sometimes at face price or lower. Finding someone with an extra ticket can be a steal for you.
– Save Money At The Ballpark, Tip #2: There are often ticket specials offered by teams for low demand games, like mid-week or April games. Some teams offer $5 tickets or even a free drink with your ticket.
– Save Money At The Ballpark, Tip #3: Many baseball cities have restaurants nearby where a family can park for free, enjoy an inexpensive meal and get a ride to the ballpark. It’s a great way to save cash on both parking and food.
– Save Money At The Ballpark, Tip #4: In some cities you can find affordable commuter transit service that allows you to avoid ballgame traffic coming from the suburbs and save a bunch of dough on parking.
– Save Money At The Ballpark, Tip #5: Some ballparks feature discounts on food when the gates first open. Several teams do this, and it’s a great money-saver, especially for families.
– Save Money At The Ballpark, Tip #6: Almost every big city ballpark has outside vendors that sell bigger hot dogs and quality T-shirts for often half the price that the team is asking. (See the previous paragraph… you can bring in your own food!)
It’s not just about saving money, by the way…you want to get value for what you do spend, too. From picking a seat to getting there to picking a sandwich, you have a lot of decisions to make.
I’m here to help.
“Kurt Smith has left no stone unturned. From transportation to seat selection to food and drink and where to get the best deals, you can find the answer in his Ballpark E-Guides.”
– Scott Ableman, Let Teddy Win
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I have spent a ridiculous amount of hours researching these things at 15 major league ballparks. I’ve learned a little bit, especially about saving money.
Whenever a friend or family member needs advice about Camden Yards or Citizens Bank Park or Yankee Stadium, they ask me what to do. I help them get great seats for a great price, find the best spot to park, tell them what to eat at the game and where to celebrate afterward. They always have wonderful things to say about the experience, which makes me happy, of course.
Besides, I’m a fan who likes to travel to see baseball too. Before I started doing this, I wasted a LOT of money seeing live baseball…in Philly, in Baltimore, and on every ballpark road trip I went on. Today I not only spend much less than I used to for live baseball, I’m happy to help friends and family do it too.
“I live in NJ and recently planned a trip to see an Orioles game for my husband’s birthday…I used the E-Guide for everything from buying tickets to prepaid parking. I especially loved the Tightwad Tips. We had a blast!
This is a great guide and I will be using Ballpark E-Guides next year for my trip to Boston and Fenway Park!”
– Laurie B., Somerdale, NJ
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Unfortunately, I can’t hire myself out as an “Official Baseball Fan Consultant”. I have a full-time job and two kids, so as much as I would love to, I can’t take the time to help you over the phone. I’d bore you anyway.
But I have written 15 Ballpark E-Guides, for great ballparks like PNC Park, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Camden Yards among many others…and I’ve put every little nugget of helpful money-saving ballpark knowledge I could find in them to help you get the best deal on tickets, parking and food.
Earlier in this post I said I could shave $100 off of that average total cost of a game. I’m not exaggerating that, because I know…I’ve learned a few ways to save money at the ballpark myself.
Here are just a small few examples:
– I recently paid $27 for four Yankees tickets, including fees. According to the Index, that should be $206. Almost $200 in savings!
– I also recently ordered a Red Sox ticket for a friend. For a Friday night game in June at Fenway, I found him a Loge Box seat, in the third row, almost directly behind home plate…for $83 with fees. That ticket’s face price was close to $140…a savings of $57.
– I’ve parked for $2 across the street from Comerica Park in Detroit—the Index says that should be $20. (I told people this story for weeks!) It’s $5 to do this now, but for the location it’s still a great deal.
– Citi Field in New York has numerous clubs with superb food selection; I’ve been able to access the Porsche Grille and the Foxwoods Club (featuring the amazing steak pizzaiola hero shown here) with a ticket that cost me just $24.
– I’ve paid $4 for an sizable hot dog loaded with toppings outside of Rogers Centre in Toronto that would have cost close to $10 inside. Nothing makes you feel smart like street meat!
– And I once got a Reds ticket, a T-shirt, and a non-alcoholic beer at Great American Ball Park, along with a LaRosa’s pizza after the game…all for a grand total of $12. I paid a total of $5 to park in Newport and ride the Southbank Shuttle to get there. A ballgame plus a T-shirt and pizza…for $17.
I’m not trying to brag about this. You can do it too.
Why keep paying more than you have to for a great night at the ballpark?
“Kurt Smith’s Ballpark E-Guides are a must for any fan. Want to know the best and cheapest way to support your team? Interested in the best seats to see the action? Curious about where to get the best food? Kurt provides all these answers and more.”
– Rob Silverman, MetsMerized
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Since you’re still reading, you must be at least somewhat convinced…there are tons of ways to save money at the ballpark.
So I’ll ask again…
Would you be interested in a booklet full of tips and tricks to help you love live baseball for less money?
You can shell out $219.53 for your next ballgame…or $360.66 for your next game at Fenway Park…or you can download a Ballpark E-Guide PDF for just $6.99 NOW, and find out all of the tricks to pay much less than that…get the best deal on tickets, pick a cheap and/or fun way to get to the game, and know what to choose from the insane menus at the ballpark these days. Everything you need to know about your home ballpark, your team’s rival ballpark, or a ballpark you’re visiting for the first time…it’s all in there.
By the way, you can also order a nicely compact, beautifully illustrated and slick-papered print edition Ballpark E-Guide NOW for just $8.99 plus shipping. I’ll throw in the PDF with that at no extra charge…a $6.99 value. If you want to keep the PDF for yourself and give the booklet as a gift, be my guest. I’m a cool guy like that.
That price is probably much less than what you’ll save on just one trip to the ballgame…especially with a family.
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See you at the Yard!