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3 Yankee Stadium Standing Room Tips

Posted by Kurt Smith

In the tradition of making ballparks more millennial friendly, the Yankees ripped out a bunch of seats for the 2017 season and created several new standing room options. This is in addition to the assigned standing room areas that already existed in the ballpark, so Yankee Stadium is now a much nicer place to wander around in after buying a cheap ticket.

You can now get a “Pinstripe Pass” standing room ticket, which is a very inexpensive ticket with your first beer or Pepsi product included. At ballpark prices, that’s almost like getting into the ballpark for free.

 

yankee stadium standing room field level

Standing room with bar stools and a counter isn’t so bad. Especially in the shade

Yankee Stadium Standing Room Tip #1: Field Level. The reserved standing room tickets on the field level aren’t as bad a deal as you might think looking at the price (you can’t access this with a Pinstripe Pass). There are barstools and counters, and in most spots you have a pretty nice view of the field and scoreboard.

The Yankees call is “café seating”, and it’s restricted to ticket holders. Nice and shaded, and easy to run for a beer or garlic fries from your spot.

 

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Showing the last year you were able to get a Yankees ticket this cheap.

Yankee Stadium Standing Room Tip #2: Outfield Areas. The Yankees tore out the bleachers sections with obstructed views…a smart move given that fans lost half the view of the field there…and these are now standing room areas with their own bar, drink rails, and barstool seats.

You even have some specialty food and craft beer options with the money you’ve saved on your cheap ticket.

The best part is that these areas are close to the bullpens (the visitors bullpen is in left field), making it a great place to offer some friendly encouragement.

 

yankee stadium standing room terrace

Anyone have a four-foot stool?

Yankee Stadium Standing Room Tip #3: Avoid The Terrace Level SRO. I don’t know if the Yankees sell standing room tickets that are designated for the Terrace level anymore, but just get a Pinstripe Pass instead and stake out a better spot.

The Terrace standing areas are behind the handicapped seating, which is almost always occupied, and you need to be about 11 feet tall if you want a decent view of the infield. You’ll probably dislike the view enough to move.

 

There’s three Yankee Stadium standing room tips for you…click here for more cheap seating options. Remember Yankee Stadium has open concourses, so should your spot not be everything you dreamed of, there are plenty of places to view the game from your feet.

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More About Yankee Stadium:

Cheap Seats at Yankee Stadium

Can You Bring Food Into Yankee Stadium?

3 Ways to Score Cheap Yankees Tickets

Cheap Seats at Yankee Stadium

Posted by Kurt Smith

Believe it or not, there are cheap seats at Yankee Stadium. They’re just farther from the field than in most ballparks. If you’re on a budget, you can actually find some decent deals, especially if you subscribe to the team newsletter.

Here are three levels of less expensive seats…click here to read about standing room options.

 

cheap seats at yankee stadium terrace

I wonder what the poor folks are doing in the rows behind me…

Cheap Seats at Yankee Stadium, Tip #1: The Terrace Level. The seats on the lower tier of the upper level cost considerably more than the Grandstand seats, and there aren’t too many of them in the infield, those being the “Jim Beam suite seats”.

Considering that seats a few rows behind them can be almost half of the price, at full price it might not be worth it. But the Yankees do offer deals on these seats, including occasional $5 seat nights. (Their newsletter will alert you to these coveted events.)

For the moment the Yankees have turned Sections 305-306…the two sections all the way out in right field…into “All You Care to Eat” sections. It’s just dogs, sausages, pretzels and Pepsi products, but that’s baseball food. If you’re not picky it can save you a few bucks.

 

cheap seats at yankee stadium grandstand

Yes, it’s far, but you can pretend to crush opposing players with two fingers.

Cheap Seats at Yankee Stadium, Tip #2, The Grandstand. Grandstand upper deck seats cost about the same as the Bleacher seats, but with less noise and a nice panoramic view of the ballpark and amazing Jumbotron. Grandstand seats are pretty well up there though, higher than in most ballparks.

The Yankees’ website will mark some tickets as “obstructed view”, meaning there could be a railing or traffic in front of you. Usually it’s not terrible enough to reject the tickets if you have no other option.

Yankee Stadium has 16 elevators, eight of which are in the Great Hall, so no need to trek all the way up the lengthy ramps or stairs. You won’t wait long for an elevator. You will need to ascend a flight of stairs to get to your seats though, so keep this in mind if you have mobility issues.

 

 

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Helpful ads make it easy to find your section.

Cheap Seats at Yankee Stadium, Tip #3: The Bleachers. The Yankees brought the bleacher seats from the original Stadium…hard metal, backless and all, although they are now placed behind bullpens or more expensive field seats.

Seats in right field are home of the Bleacher Creatures and the nightly “roll call”, chanting each player’s name at the start of the game until the player acknowledges them. The Bleacher Creatures are in Sections 202-203.

Bleacher seats are among the cheapest seats in the Stadium, but the view isn’t terrible and you are close to the bullpens. This is New York, though, and the right field bleachers probably aren’t a place for someone with rabbit ears or opposing team’s gear. Left field might be a better place for the family.

It can get very hot during day games here, as you can imagine. Good to bring a hat and sunscreen.

 

So there you are…some of the cheaper offerings of seating in the Bronx ballpark. Be sure to subscribe to the Yankee Stadium newsletter series (free!) for more info on the Stadium.

More About Yankee Stadium:

3 Ways To Score Cheap Yankees Tickets

Can You Bring Food Into Yankee Stadium?

Best Way To Get To Yankee Stadium – The 4 Train

 

Progressive Field With Kids – Three Things To Know

Posted by Kurt Smith

Visiting Progressive Field with kids is a treat for parents these days. In addition to a large, fantastic and partially climate-controlled play area, the Indians offer great deals for families.

Here are three things you should know about when bringing the children to an Indians game:

 

Progressive field with kids little league

Clever play on words in the title.

Progressive Field With Kids, Tip #1) Get KeyBank Kids Tickets. The Tribe gives two discounted tickets for kids with one adult ticket; the seats are in the mezzanine section near the kids area.

The kids area at Progressive is among the best I’ve seen; there’s an indoor multi-level play section with a big slide, and a “Little League Park” spot with a wiffle ball field, climbing wall and batting cages. Whatever the weather, the kids have a place to play.

The best part? From most of the area, Dad (or Mom!) can keep one eye on the game.

 

progressive field with kids run the bases

The high five from the coach is the best part.

Progressive Field With Kids, Tip #2) Go On Sunday. Sundays are Kids Days and include pre-game entertainment on Larry Doby Way; kids can interview players and get their pictures taken with the hot dog race mascots. After the game they can run the bases – a very popular promotion.

If you can’t make it for a Sunday game…

 

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Yeah yeah yeah, just bring out the fireworks!

Progressive Field With Kids, Tip #3) Try Friday Nights. If the little ones don’t mind the noise and like fireworks, take them to see the Rock-N-Blast show on Fridays after the game. The very impressive (and very popular) shows include a musical theme, like the Beatles, one-hit wonders, etc.

There’s three things to know when taking the kids for an Indians game…if you want more Progressive Field hacks (including finding cheaper tickets), check out the links below or click here for the fascinating and informative Ballpark E-Guides Progressive Field page!

Can You Bring Food Into Yankee Stadium?

Posted by Kurt Smith

The short answer to whether you can bring food into Yankee Stadium is yes, you can. The Yankees allow a 16*16*8 soft-sided bag with just about anything you want, save for alcoholic beverages and anything that can be used as a projectile. Slice your apples.

But since Ballpark E-Guides always takes the extra base for readers, I’m offering a few suggestions here for getting your pre-game feedbag on before going into Yankee Stadium:

 

bring food into yankee stadium bullpen deli

The people in the Legends seats pay four digits to eat like this.

Bring Food Into Yankee Stadium, Tip #1: The Bullpen Deli. The Bullpen Deli has a terrific selection of food stuffs for your sandwich or wrap, and some of the sandwiches have Yankee-themed names like the Steinbrenner Blast or the Yankee Fajita. The sandwiches/wraps are very affordable, and if you want you can order a container of pepper steak or something like that. Good salads by most accounts too, and good portions all. Boar’s Head meats, just like in the Stadium, but for much less.

The Bullpen is the home of the Twin Donut shop, so you can add donuts to your bag. The donuts aren’t anything super special (Online folks say the Crown Diner is better for sweets), but if Dunkin or Krispy is good enough for you, these should be just fine.

 

bring food into yankee stadium court deli

Yes, there is sufficient “B” in the Turkey BLT.

Bring Food Into Yankee Stadium, Tip #2: The Court Deli. The aptly named Court Deli (it’s near the Bronx Courthouse) was recommended to me by the inimitable Gary Herman, money-saving sports fan extraordinaire. It’s not what you’d call gourmet dining, but you can get a pretty good-sized pastrami sandwich for far less than what you’d pay inside the ballpark.

The Court Deli is about a block and a half away from the Stadium…just enough so that it gets a little but not too crowded on game days. You can get your sandwich here without too long a wait before gametime.

 

bring food into yankee stadium new stadium gourmet deli

Breakfast is an unfairly overlooked component of baseball fan sustenance.

Bring Food Into Yankee Stadium, Tip #3: The New Stadium Gourmet Deli. Catchy name, eh? If you’re going to a day game there are breakfast sandwiches in this place, which are good-sized and built on croissants, bagels or whatever. But the lunch sandwiches are no slouch either, with fairly hefty amounts of meat in a submarine or panini roll.

Again, all for an affordable price. I might prefer the Bullpen or Court Deli for lunch, but if you’ve got a hankering for an authentic NYC bagel breakfast sandwich before a day game, this might be your spot.

 

There are also plenty of hot dog and halal food (!) carts, including a couple of carts selling honey roasted almonds and cashews, as good a ballgame snack as any. By all means get your bottled waters out here at one of these…they’re usually a dollar compared to a finski inside. Get a few, you’ll be thirsty.

There’s a few ways for you to eat cheaply at Yankee Stadium, but you can also eat very well inside the ballpark too.

Three Citizens Bank Park Seating Tips

Posted by Kurt Smith

It’s not hard to find a decent spot from the Citizens Bank Park seating chart. More than most teams, the Phillies price their seats about right, given the distance from home plate and acrophobic concerns.

Here are three seating suggestions for varying budgets courtesy of Ballpark E-Guides. But if you want the full lowdown on everything seating at Citizens Bank Park, get yourself this essential and inexpensive guide to Citizens Bank Park.

 

citizens bank park seating hall of fame club

I won’t say this model of Connie Mack Stadium is worth the Hall of Fame Club ticket price, but it is pretty cool.

Citizens Bank Park Seating, Tip #1) The Hall of Fame Club. I don’t know if I would pay full price for Hall of Fame Club seats…the food isn’t included like at some ballparks…but if you can score a deal on SeatGeek or somewhere, go for it.

Hall of Fame Club seats are wider and padded, and you have a terrific bird’s eye view of the field. Not to mention access to a climate-controlled lounge with numerous bars and food stands, including a Chickie’s and Pete’s. (In theory that should mean shorter lines for crab fries, but that isn’t always the case.)

Climate-controlled areas are also great for those chilly April (or March) evenings in Philadelphia. It can get cold here.

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The many levels of Citizens Bank Park, and yes those high seats are really high.

Citizens Bank Park Seating, Tip #2) Baseline Seats. I recommend staying low at Citizens Bank Park, and the Baseline seats in the corners especially are a pretty nice deal. If you score tickets in Sections 111 or 136, you’ll save a few bucks over the folks one section over.

I prefer the first base side for its straight ahead view of the left field scoreboard, but on hot summer nights the sun will be bearing down on you the first couple of innings, so keep that in mind. Bring sunglasses.

 

citizens bank park seating terrace deck

The seats may be high up, but there is a pretty boffo view of Philly from upstairs.

Citizens Bank Park Seating, Tip #3) The Terrace Deck. For small budgets, your best bet is in the upper deck Terrace, in sections 419-422 if you can since they face the field directly behind home plate. There are lower seats at a lower price, but they are very far from the action.

These seats are very high up, with the suites, club level and open concourses pushing everything higher. The angle is good so the view isn’t bad, but be wary if you’re acrophobic…also, you need to ascend quite a few steps to get to these, so keep that in mind if anyone in your group has mobility issues.

 

There’s three good spots depending on your budget for a Phillies game. But there’s a lot to know about choosing the best seats at Citizens Bank Park, so be prepared for every situation with this essential guide to the Phillies ballpark!

 

More About Citizens Bank Park:

Five Citizens Bank Park Tips For Newbies

Three Ways To Score Cheap Phillies Tickets

Can You Bring Food Into Citizens Bank Park?

 

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Three Ways To Score Cheap Phillies Tickets

Posted by Kurt Smith

If you’re looking to save a few bucks on some cheap Phillies tickets, Ballpark E-Guides has a few suggestions for you. These work best if you live in the area, but you can use this to your advantage if you’re visiting Philly too.

And of course, there’s plenty more where this came from in this essential guide to Citizens Bank Park.

 

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Because there’s nothing like being a Phanatic MVP.

Cheap Phillies Tickets, Tip #1) Join The Club. The Phillies have fan clubs for both adults and kids, and the price is well worth the two ticket vouchers and other stuff that’s included, like MLB Gameday Audio.

You don’t necessarily get the best seats with the club membership, but the kids will love the paraphernalia.

 

cheap phillies tickets fan pass

With the screen locked up just in case any crazy fan wants to actually order tickets.

Cheap Phillies Tickets, Tip #2) The Ballpark Pass. The Phillies, like other teams, now offer a pass that allows you into every home game over a month for a nice price.

This would likely be for people who live in the area, but check the schedule to see if it can help you…the Phillies schedule in September features two weekend Cubs games (which alone would be worth the price), and three each of divisional rivals Nationals and Mets. If you’re a Nats or Mets fan, you might be able to see your team close in on a division title in Philadelphia.

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This was 2015, so it’s a bit late to register for this one. They still do stuff like this though.

Cheap Phillies Tickets, Tip #3) Help Your Fellow Philadelphian. In the Community section of the Phillies website, there are some opportunities to score tickets through kindness, such as participating in the 5K run (which costs a fee, but it’s for a cause).

The Phillies will sometimes offer tickets for food donations and for other charitable events, and if you’re willing to help keep the ballpark clean through their Red Goes Green initiative, they’ll let you in for free and give you a food voucher.

 

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Cheap Phillies Tickets, Bonus Tip) Try SeatGeek! I’ve gotten great deals on Phillies tickets through my friends at SeatGeek (it’s part of how I saved $75 at Citizens Bank Park for one game), and that’s why they’re a favorite of Ballpark E-Guides.

If you have a problem with their being the ticket provider for the Cowboys, though, I understand.

 

There’s just a few ways to score Phillies tickets for less; but there’s a whole lot of ways to save cash on Phillies tickets, parking and food at Citizens Bank Park. Be sure to know them all for your next game…download this handy and essential guide to the Phillies ballpark!

More About Citizens Bank Park:

Three Cheaper Parking Options at Citizens Bank Park

Can You Bring Food Into Citizens Bank Park?

Five Tips For Citizens Bank Park Newbies

 

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Three Brands of Progressive Field Nachos

Posted by Kurt Smith

If you love nachos with your baseball (and who doesn’t?) the home of the Indians will make you happy. There’s not only three types of Progressive Field nachos, they’re all very different and great in their own way.

Here they are, in order of my personal preference, but your mileage may vary.

 

progressive field nachos barrio

That’s what nachos need folks…lots of ingredients.

Progressive Field Nachos, #1) Barrio. Barrio is a Tremont-based eatery that is mostly about handmade tacos, crafted by a team of experts before your eyes. But they also make a truly awesome…and large…plate of nachos.

Barrio makes a big plate of chips with melted and shredded cheese, several types of salsas, and extra chicken or chorizo for a small fee. It’s easily enough for two, and reasonably priced for a ballpark.

The chips are salty though, so be sure to get a drink with them.

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Not just sour cream…cilantro-lime cream. This is a ballpark, remember?

Progressive Field Nachos, #2) Momocho. Ohio City based Momocho is more focused on nachos and quesadillas, and their chips are made to order and heated in a giant rotisserie oven.

Toppings include chicken, pulled pork, or chorizo, with pickled jalapenos, green salsa and a cilantro lime cream that both tastes and looks nice. And you can get extra queso or beans.

The chips are less salty here than at Barrio, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash it down with a Luchador.

 

progressive field nachos locos

Just in case you were wondering if anyone had red salsa.

Progressive Field Nachos, #3) Locos Nachos. They aren’t a locally based brand like the other two heavyweight nachos at the Prog, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss them.

At Locos you can get a perfectly adequate plate of beef, pork or chicken nachos, with Blanco cheese and red or green salsa. You can even add BBQ of Buffalo sauce, which doesn’t hurt Locos as a nacho choice.

It might be cheaper than the other two too, but don’t hold me to that. It is a place for nachos without waiting in line, though.

 

That’s three excellent brands of chips with stuff piled on at Progressive Field in Cleveland. But the place has a great selection of other Cleveland based stuff too, like Happy Dogs, Ohio City Burritos, Melt grilled cheeses and much more.

Get the full lowdown on the great choices of food before you go…make sure you download this handy guide to the ballpark.

 

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What’s New At The Ballparks – American League

Posted by Kurt Smith

As I stated in the National League updates, I don’t yet have time to write a bunch of stuff about the changes in ballparks for 2018, and I won’t be able to get the changes added to the E-Guides for a few weeks.

So I’ve included a bunch of links below about changes in American League ballparks for 2018. (Click here for National League ballpark changes.)

If you already own a Ballpark E-Guide, drop me a line and let me know, and I’ll send you the updated digital edition free of charge as soon as it’s available.

So now, here we go…

 

Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers:

The hardworking crew at WXYZ did a great job with photos and video of the new stuff at Comerica here. Yes, you heard that right, Nutella egg rolls. I’m in.

And the Oakland Press did find out that the Tigers will be offering three games with peanut-free sections. Read about that here. My heart truly goes out to people that can’t eat peanuts at ballgames.

Click here to purchase the Comerica Park E-Guide…

 

Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox:

The Red Sox are adding Crème Brulee French Toast to the Fenway Park menu. And man it looks amazing. Unfortunately unless you’re a season ticket holder, you’ll have to go for the new Fenway Taters. Here is Boston.com’s bit about that.

And while my feelings about driving to Fenway Park are well known, I am a fan of ParkWhiz, so I don’t object to this move.

Click here to purchase the Fenway Park E-Guide…

 

Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago White Sox:

Bloggers for SB Nation do a great job, and South Side Sox is no exception; here is their post about changes in Guaranteed Rate for 2018…lots of nice photos. Personally liking the “Change Up” sausage myself. (See you there this year!)

And the White Sox are kicking butt in the craft beer department. Read Brewbound coverage of the new Revolution Taproom here. I love the quote about “the VIP experience for everyman”.

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore Orioles:

The Baltimore Sun gave us some great news…Polock Johnny’s and Stuggy’s are coming back to Camden Yards! (Still no Natty Boh, but you can get that cheap across the street.)

Here is some even better news from WBAL; the Orioles are offering family-friendly pricing in addition to their “kids under 9 get in free” promotion. All this and finally a half decent pitching staff.

Click here to purchase the Oriole Park at Camden Yards E-Guide…

 

Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians:

Did you think the Indians couldn’t top Froot Loops on a hot dog for ballpark food weirdness? They’re going for it with a “Flamethrower” sandwich that features…wait for it…Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Here’s a beautiful picture of it from Cleveland 19.

And there are some new traffic patterns to be aware of, with the Quicken Loans arena getting some construction done. Here is the News Herald’s piece about that.

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Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays:

I couldn’t find anything about new food items, so I’m sharing this outraged piece from the Toronto Star about the Blue Jays and their secondary market practices. No offense to my Jays fan friends, I highly doubt the Jays are the only team that does this. Personally I don’t care.

And the Blue Jays now have their Kids Days on Sundays, where they set up bounce house and entertainment in the plaza next to the Centre. I can vouch for its impressiveness…Sunday is definitely the day to take the kids.

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Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay Rays:

The Tampa Bay Times did a nice job of telling everyone what’s new at the Trop…not bad for a team constantly expressing a desire to move out. And obviously, Ducky’s is gone.

Oh, and Tabanero is the official hot sauce of the Rays. Because every team needs an official hot sauce.

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Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees:

No need to search for New York news outlets to see the new food at Yankee Stadium this year…the Yankees have done it for us. Love that picture of the pulled pork nachos.

And just to remind us that they’re the Bronx Bombers, the Yankees are letting fans in early to see Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge take batting practice. If only they had done this with Mantle and Maris…

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There’s the majority of ballpark changes (for ballparks covered by me, at least) for 2018. Click here to see changes in National League ballparks.

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What’s New At The Ballparks – National League

Posted by Kurt Smith

Sorry if it seems lazy, but with updating Ballpark E-Guides being the monumental task that it is, I don’t really have the time to write detailed pieces about ballpark changes for 2018. So I’ve included links here that cover most of the new food items and such. (Click here for American League ballpark changes.)

If you already own a Ballpark E-Guide, drop me a line and let me know, and I’ll send you the updated digital edition free of charge as soon as it’s done.

So now, here we go…

 

Citi Field, New York Mets:

The Mets have renamed the Delta Sky360 Club to the First Data Club, and they’ve revamped the Citi Pavilion in the outfield, but the big news is all of the new food items at Citi, best detailed in this piece from LoHud. Cookie DO or Chomp Donuts? The decisions just get harder at Citi…

And I would be remiss if I failed to include this blog post from Grub Street about the new brewery opening adjacent to the ballpark. It’s kind of a big deal.

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Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Phillies:

Other than having Jake Arrieta on the mound, not too many new things at CBP this season. Although the vegan cauliflower cheesesteak looks…ok, cauliflower is the point where you take out the work “steak”. Here’s a piece about the new food from CBS Philly.

Oh, one more thing. You can now use your credit card with the beer guy.

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Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Reds:

WCPO Cincinnati has this piece about new places you can get a brew inside GABP. 24 oz. beers for five bucks isn’t a bad deal at a ballpark, even if it’s Budweiser.

And the Dayton Daily News has this informative article with great photos of the new ballpark eats in Cincinnati this season. (Is it me or is that Goetta burger creepy?)

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Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers:

The nice folks at On Milwaukee offered this piece about the new food at Miller Park in 2018. Seems like the most interesting stuff is on the Club Level, so spring for a Club ticket if you can.

And the Journal-Sentinel talks about other changes to Miller Park here, like the new Johnsonville party area and a nursing lounge.

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Nationals Park, Washington Nationals:

Jacqueline Dupree of the JDLand blog always does an excellent job keeping track of changes in Nationals Park and its surroundings. You can read her latest post about it here. For the moment, I can tell you that the inexpensive Half Street vendors looked to be gone in my last visit. Boo.

And the Washington Post covers the changes inside the ballpark here. No more Hatfield…guess they got wind that Hatfield was from Philly.

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PNC Park, Pittsburgh Pirates:

Here’s a great article from Trib Live about all of the changes to PNC Park. The all you can eat section now offers reduced-price food items you’ll actually want! And the Basil Brined Chicken Sandwich on the Club level looks pretty good.

And I can’t wait to add this option for getting to PNC, if it comes to fruition. Stay tuned!

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Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs:

The Eater people have well covered the new food items available at Wrigley with this article. Looking forward to trying the Buffalo-loaded fries.

The Sports Bank blog has this excellent piece detailing the ongoing progress of the Wrigley renovations. Two new elevators!

Breaking my two-link-per-ballpark rule for Wrigley, since so many new food options are available in Wrigleyville now…like Jeni’s Ice Cream, Big Star tacos, Aurelio’s Pizza, and of course, Joe Maddon’s restaurant. My how Wrigleyville has changed.

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There’s the majority of ballpark changes (for ballparks covered by me, at least) for 2018. Click here to see changes in American League ballparks.

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Three Ways To Score Cheap Tigers Tickets

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The Detroit Tigers are a pretty wallet and family friendly team by baseball standards. There are quite a few ways to score cheap Tigers tickets and enjoy an affordable game at Comerica Park.

Here are just three recommendations courtesy of Ballpark E-Guides:

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There will be someone here. Honest.

Cheap Tigers Tickets, Tip #1) Join The Club. The Tigers have two team fan clubs, one for adults and one for kids. Membership in the fan clubs includes some gear and a newsletter with discounted ticket offers. If you’re flexible about which games you can attend, the discounts will probably be worth the cost of membership, and you get some cool gear too.

 

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Just in case you didn’t know, Comerica Bank is a fairly big sponsor.

Cheap Tigers Tickets, Tip #2) Use Your Comerica Card. If you have an account with Comerica Bank, you can use it to get discounts on tickets and club memberships, and you can also use it for access to parties at Cheli’s Bar across the street, if that matters to you. The Tigers will even let you use a separate, line-free entrance.

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And no, no one tosses their extras into the bucket. I checked.

Cheap Tigers Tickets, Tip #3) Get Your Monthly Pass. If you can make it to six or seven games in a month’s time…even in July…the Tigers offer a monthly pass for your smartphone that allows you to go to every game that month. Great for savings, say, when the Yankees or another divisional rival is in town…see the whole series at an affordable price. The Tigers will let you upgrade your seats on occasion too.

 

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Cheap Tigers Tickets, Tip #4) Bonus Tip: Try SeatGeek. My friends at SeatGeek are my favorite third party source for Tigers tickets, and that’s why they’re a Ballpark E-Guides affiliate. Before you search on the team website or StubHub, try checking out SeatGeek for deals on Tigers tickets.

There’s three helpful tips (+1!) for landing some cheap tickets for a game at beautiful Comerica Park in Detroit. If you’d like to know other ways to save money on tickets, food and parking at Tigers games, try reading this handy and inexpensive guide.

More About Comerica Park:

Five Comerica Park Newbie Tips

Three Cheap Parking Spots at Comerica Park

Comerica Park Food – 3 Things To Try

 

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Four Comerica Park Restaurants

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There are four bona fide Comerica Park restaurants…as in conveniently located, inside the ballpark sit-down eateries. Before (and sometimes after) the game, fans can enjoy a meal and a drink or two with a view, or at least with TVs to watch.

Here are four places to get your sit down grub on at Comerica:

 

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No, you can’t leave your peanut shells on the floor.

Comerica Park Restaurants, #1) The Beer Hall. The Beer Hall is on the corner of Montcalm and Brush Street, and it was something of a tucked away secret entrance in the past to avoid main entrance lines. It has a 70-foot bar and wooden picnic tables, for that baseball festive atmosphere.

The menu features grilled Angus burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, and pulled pork sandwiches, and there are lots of local and domestic beers on tap, hence the name.

 

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It’s not actually Tiger Stadium.

Comerica Park Restaurants, #2) The Corner Tap Room. The Corner is located near the main entrance with the big tiger statue. It’s dedicated to the memory of Tiger Stadium, with pictures and memorabilia and such. They have indoor and outdoor dining here, but the outdoor option is on a sidewalk in a parking lot, so the indoor option with the cool décor is better.

At the Corner you can choose from an “urban bistro” style menu; last I checked they had a grilled PB&J (!) and a footlong bacon-wrapped dog. Could be different by the time you visit, but I can tell you it’s fancier stuff than most ballpark food.

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Because when you think BBQ, you think Fox Sports Detroit.

Comerica Park Restaurants, #3) The Brushfire Grill. The Brushfire is sponsored by Fox Sports as I write this, but it changes a lot. I think it might be called the 313 BBQ by now. It’s mostly just a food court with a big food stand on the side, but that counts.

At the Brushfire there is a pork and beef brisket smoker for above-average BBQ sandwiches, along with burgers and dogs. Get a basket value meal with slaw, chips and a pickle.

They’ve got black bean veggie burgers too, so you can sell it to your vegetarian friends.

 

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Featuring three TVs to distract you from the absence of bartenders!

Comerica Park Restaurants, #4) The Miller Lite Pitcher’s Pub. You have to go upstairs and in the outfield for this one, so you can work up an appetite just getting there.

The Miller Lite Pitcher’s Pub is a larger sit-down eatery with a full bar; the menu is mostly fancy appetizers named for pitching phrases…the “Intentional Walk” is sloppy Joe stuffed potato skins with queso and scallions, for example.

The Pub is good for just getting a snack on, and you can hang out outside at the nearby Pepsi Porch afterward. And still have an appetite left over for this stuff.

There you go; four restaurants at Comerica Park with something to offer for everyone. But that by no means covers all of your Comerica food options. Find out about the 313 tacos, Grecian fries, Tiger Traxx ice cream and much more when you download this helpful and necessary fan’s guide to Comerica Park!

 

More About Comerica Park:

Visiting Comerica Park – Five Tips For Newbies

Three Cheap Places to Park at Comerica

3 Comerica Park Food Items to Try

 

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Great American Ball Park With Kids – 3 Things To Know

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You could come up with worse family outing ideas than visiting Great American Ball Park with kids. Great American is one of the most kid-friendly ballparks in MLB, and the Reds offer lots of family-friendly deals for fans.

Here are three great reasons to take the children to a Reds game:

 

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Reds employees are known for hanging curveballs.

#1) The Fan Zone. The Fan Zone in the right field corner of GABP is a multi-level playground featuring a wiffle ball field, interactive games with prizes, and the Reds Heads Clubhouse for Kids Club members. A big slide leads from the upper level to the lower level. Often Reds employees will come out and pitch to the kids.

In addition to all of this, there are fireworks on Friday nights and kids’ giveaways on Sundays.

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Bowling! Heck, let’s skip the ballgame!

#2) Newport-On-The-Levee. If you really want to wear the kids out, you can park cheaply in the Newport-On-The-Levee complex across the river in Kentucky, and make a day of it. There’s an aquarium, a movie theater, a Gameworks arcade, and many more places for the kids to have fun and for parents to spend money. Lots of places to eat and fun for kids of all ages.

When going to the game, park in Newport and use the inexpensive Southbank Shuttle, and get dropped off right at the door of Great American.

 

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“Really, there’s a playground at the ballpark! Come on kids!”

#3) The Riverfront. There’s a pretty nice riverfront in Cincinnati, with a beautiful walking and bicycling trail, and a perfectly nice playground for the kids to burn off steam at the foot of the Roebling Bridge. Good if you’re there, say, an hour before the gates open. The kids can burn off enough steam to sleep a couple of innings.

There’s three places to see when visiting Great American Ball Park with kids…if you want to know how to choose a seat, a cool route to get there and what to eat on the GABP menu, try downloading this handy and inexpensive guide to the home of the Reds!

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Five Great American Ball Park Tips For Newbies

Great American Ball Park Food – 3 Things To Try

 

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Great American Ball Park Seating – 3 Cool Spots

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The Great American Ball Park seating chart has something for everyone, and each seating section has its advantages for every taste. Here’s a bit of my opinion on just three noteworthy sections, but you can get the full lowdown with this outstanding guide to Great American Ball Park.

 

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You get to sit in front of people who had to kiss up to their corporate suite-owning boss.

Great American Ball Park Seating, Tip #1) The Champions Club. Like with their neighbors in Cleveland, the club seats at GABP are on the mezzanine level on the first base side, over the field level seats.

The seats here are wider than most and padded, have a great view of the action and a straight ahead view of the Big Board, and best of all include access to the climate-controlled Champions Club and its buffet.

The buffet with non-alcoholic drinks is included in the ticket price, and features Cincy greats Montgomery Inn BBQ sandwiches and LaRosa’s pizza, along with a carvery and Asian food station. At ballpark prices, you should be able to get your money’s worth on that.

 

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Don’t be fooled by the sparse crowd. It’s not the best grounds crew vantage point.

Great American Ball Park Seating, Tip #2) The Sun/Moon Deck. The Sun/Moon Deck area in right field is so named for your ability to see the sun or the moon easily from the section, which isn’t covered anywhere. There’s actually a pretty nice view of the Cincinnati skyline from here as well.

The Sun/Moon Deck is a popular spot for the river breeze and the proximity to great food and the kids’ play area; just make sure that you’re protected from the sun on those blazingly hot Cincinnati summer days. They have misters nearby in center field.

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Seating strategically placed for fans to guess where the field is!

Great American Ball Park Seating, Tip #3) The Fioptics District. If you’re not quite yet into baseball enough to just sit in a seat for nine innings and would like to socialize a bit (and I’m not judging), the Fioptics District is ideal for you. It’s a lounge area with a full bar, comfy sofa-style seats with a fine view of the city, and tables and drink rails with a view of the ballgame from left field.

The best part is that the Reds sell a very inexpensive “District Ticket” that includes added value for a drink or a concessions item, and you can actually use this credit in the nearby Machine Room restaurant. Great for a nice cheap evening of baseball.

 

That’s just three seating areas of Great American Ball Park; you have a lot more to choose from, like the Scout seats, the Diamond Club or the bleachers. If you want the full skinny on everything you need to know at GABP, download this handy little guide!

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Three Great American Ball Park Parking Options

Three Foods To Try At Great American

 

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Citi Field With Kids – 3 Things To Know

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Visiting Citi Field with kids for a Mets game can be a challenge…the ballpark is fairly kid-friendly, but other than Flushing Meadows Corona Park nearby, there’s not much for the kids to do close to a ballpark in the heart of Queens.

But the Mets do acknowledge the kids, so here are some tips to make life easier for the parents…

 

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Learn how you can meet Mr. Met!

Citi Field With Kids, Tip #1) Join The Club. I talked about this in the cheap Mets tickets post on this website, but it’s worth repeating. The Mets Kids Club offers complimentary tickets, ticket offers, and other privileges for the young Mets fan including a scoreboard message.

The paid memberships are worth the price for the better quality offers, but even the free membership includes tickets.

 

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Full disclosure: the guy in the Cardinals jersey is not actually a Cardinals fan…

Citi Field With Kids, Tip #2) Citi Field Fan Fest. Take the kids out to the center field plaza before the game…there’s a bunch of interactive games there, the kids can pose for a photo with Mr. Met and throw a ball to dunk someone wearing an opposing team jersey.

There’s a kids concession area out there with smaller portions and prices, and a kids-themed merchandise shop. And this is the heart of the food court at Citi, so parents can get a box of frites with their Pat LaFrieda steak sandwich too.

 

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Meet Mr. AND Mrs. Met!

Citi Field With Kids, Tip #3) Family Sundays. Sunday is by far the best day to take the kids, with a bunch of activities like face painting and a promo item for the little ones. (Arrive early.) Plus they’re usually day games, so the kids get home at a reasonable hour.

Sundays include kids running the bases (the “Mr. Met Dash”), which is always a popular promotion. Paid fan club memberships include front of the line passes for this.

 

There’s three helpful tips for parents bringing the kids to Citi Field for a fun day at the Mets game. Stay tuned for more…

More About Citi Field:

Visiting Citi Field – Five Tips For Newbies

Some Ways To Score Cheap Mets Tickets

The Citi Field Burger Dilemma

Four Ways To Score Cheap Mets Tickets

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If you’re looking to score cheap Mets tickets, you’re in luck…there’s a few ways to save a few bucks. Citi Field isn’t the cheapest place to attend a ballgame…there are some seriously high-priced seats in this place…but you do have some options for less expensive pasteboards.

Here are four tips courtesy of Ballpark E-Guides…

 

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Does Mr. Met need to go?

Cheap Mets Tickets, Tip #1) Join The Club. The Mets have fan club memberships for both adults and kids, and membership includes tickets at a cost that usually offsets the price of membership. Granted, they’re usually Promenade Outfield seats, which aren’t great, but membership includes tickets opportunities too, which are usually worth the price.

You get other cool stuff too, like a scoreboard message, discounts in the team shop, etc. It’s worth it, especially if you’re going to more than one game.

 

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Citi card holders get a free fist bump from Mr. Met.

Cheap Mets Tickets, Tip #2) Use Your Citibank Card. I live about 90 miles from New York City, so I got myself a Citibank MasterCard…not only can you use it for discounted tickets, food and gear, but you can use it for access in the Porsche Grille and Foxwoods Club too, without having to buy a pricier ticket.

Click here to see Citi cardmember benefits. A Citibank MasterCard is well worth having if you’re going to both Mets and Yankees games.

 

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Fee Free NYC is no harder to find than a ticket sales rep at Citi Field.

Cheap Mets Tickets, Tip #3) Try Fee Free NYC. There should be more outfits like Fee Free NYC. This is a bunch of season ticket holders who tired of paying StubHub fees to sell extras they couldn’t use, and now they pass the savings on to you on their own website. They send you the bar codes themselves, so you don’t even have to arrange a meeting like you would on Craigslist. it’s the sharing economy at its best.

I know Chris “Boom” Blumenstetter at Fee Free NYC and he’s a good egg. Great deals to be had on Mets tickets here (and no fees!), definitely have a look. And bookmark this link.

 

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Cheap Mets Tickets, Tip #4) Try SeatGeek. I always check SeatGeek first for deals on Mets tickets, or any tickets for that matter. I have found some terrific deals on SeatGeek, including inexpensive seats that include lots of Citi Field club access. They’re also an affiliate of mine, so click here to search for Mets tickets and tell ‘em Kurt sent you.

There’s just a few ways you can save some cash attending a Mets game; but there are plenty of other ways to pay less for tickets, parking and food at Citi Field. Stay tuned.

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More About Citi Field:

Five Newbie Tips For Citi Field

The Best Way To Get To Citi Field

The Citi Field Burger Dilemma

Three Ways To Score Cheap Pirates Tickets

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Every baseball fan should make the trip to visit PNC Park, but it’s also a second home to thousands of Bucs fans…at least the ones remaining following the trades of Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole. But it’s still baseball, and we’re all looking for cheap Pirates tickets, right?

Here are just three tips for saving money on Pirates tickets from Ballpark E-Guides.

And remember, there’s plenty more where that came from in this handy guide to saving money at PNC Park.

 

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You can get this info without actually coming to the ballpark.

Cheap Pirates Tickets, Tip #1) Subscribe to Ticket Alerts. The Pirates e-mail newsletter contains a lot of great ticket offers, and on occasion the Pirates will waive ticket fees, saving you a trip to the box office. You’ll also know about giveaways, concert nights and fireworks nights, and the fireworks nights are popular enough to get your tickets well in advance.

The Pirates also make pre-sales available to subscribers, giving you a chance to land tickets for face value when high value opponents like the Cubs come to town.

 

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See what they did there with the two baseball references?

Cheap Pirates Tickets, Tip #2) Check Out Local Institutions. There are quite a few chains and businesses in Pittsburgh that offer ticket deals for Pirates fans. PNC Bank cardholders get discounts on tickets and fan club memberships; Dick’s Sporting Goods and Giant Eagle cardholders get discounts for weeknight games; and Slice offers a family pack with tickets and pizza (and it’s great pizza…take it from a South Jersey pizza snob) at a discounted price. These things are all listed on the Pirates website.

Oh, and be sure to get that ConnectCard from the Port Authority; you can get discounts on Pirates tickets and other Pittsburgh stuff.

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As opposed to using “jiu jitsu” to get your Pirates tickets…

Cheap Pirates Tickets, Tip #3) Get The Spring Pass. This one’s for locals who can go to a bunch of games. The Pirates offer a pass that you download on your phone that gives you access to every home game in a certain month, in this case April and May, for a fantastic price. If you’d like to see all of the Cubs games in a certain month, that alone will almost pay for this.

These passes sell out fast, so make sure that you’re subscribed to the Pirates newsletter to jump on it when it’s available.

 

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Cheap Pirates Tickets, Bonus Tip) Try SeatGeek! SeatGeek is my favorite third party options for cheap baseball tickets; they list tickets from numerous other third parties and have built enough of a following to list their own wares. If you’re looking for a better deal on Pirates tix, click here to tell ‘em Kurt sent you. (SeatGeek is an affiliate of mine.)

 

There’s a few ways to save a few bucks on Pirates tickets; there are, of course, many other ways to enjoy a Pirates game at PNC Park without striking out your wallet buying tickets, parking or food.

And you can read about them all in this handy guide to saving money at PNC Park!

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3 Great Braves Destinations For 2018

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Time to actually start going in alphabetical order for this 30 Teams Destinations series…so today we’ll list three great Atlanta Braves destinations for traveling fans in 2018. I don’t know if this team has yet worn off the novelty of SunTrust Park yet (attendance numbers certainly suggest as much), but we all love seeing our favorite team in a different home.

So here we are, three great choices for traveling Braves fans in 2018:

 

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It’s not as scary as it looks.

Braves Destinations #1) Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, April 27-29. Forget what you’ve heard about Philadelphia fans. They’re nice people here just like everywhere else, and they’ve finally won a Super Bowl so there’s no reason for them to dislike Atlantans. And Citizens Bank Park is a must-see in the ballpark boom, with the neon Liberty Bell, Ashburn Alley and the Phillie Phanatic all going for it.

The Phillies aren’t yet a powerhouse even if they are headed in that direction, so April tickets should go for a nice small amount of money. And with five different cheesesteaks to choose from and a restaurant nearby offering a shuttle ride, you can eat pretty well in the City of Brotherly Love without having to venture far from the ballpark.

Side Trips: The great thing about this one is that the Orioles will be facing off against the Tigers in nearby Camden Yards, which should also be a cheap ticket. Better yet, you can see the Braves again May 1-3 in Citi Field in New York, and catch the Braves in two cities in one trip.

Click here for five Citizens Bank Park newbie tips.

 

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As you can see, no weather worries.

Braves Destinations #2) Miller Park, Milwaukee, July 5-8. The nice thing about planning a baseball trip to Milwaukee is that you don’t have to worry about rainouts in the retractable roof of Miller. But it’s well worth a visit for other reasons too…the insane tailgating scene, the numerous restaurants and bars that will shuttle you there, and the reverence this city has for baseball.

There’s a whole lot about Milwaukee baseball that makes it special. All those mascot races you see at ballgames now are copycats of the Sausage Race at Miller, for example. But there’s also the Uecker Seats, the numerous party areas including a Dew Deck with a climbing wall, and of course sausages and beer. Oh, and the Secret Stadium Sauce.

Side Trips: Just 90 miles south of Milwaukee is one of baseball’s greatest shrines, Wrigley Field. The Cubs will be home that weekend against the Cincinnati Reds; a weekend Cubs game in July isn’t a cheap ticket so go for Sunday’s game if you can.

Click here for five Miller Park newbie tips.

 

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The view from the considerably convenient LIRR platform.

Braves Destinations #3) Citi Field, New York, August 2-5. If you haven’t seen Citi Field yet, you should make the trip. It’s a beautifully designed ballpark with great visual appeal, but it’s also one of the most foodie-friendly ballparks out there. Would you believe ten different kinds of fries?

The Mets offer a lot of relatively inexpensive tickets that include some decent club access; tickets to the Coca-Cola Corner, for example, include access to the Foxwoods Club, the Promenade Club, and the Porsche Grille. Not bad for what are otherwise awful seats. Definitely take advantage of this and use the climate controlled club areas in the dog days of August.

Side Trips: If you have the considerable means, there’s no more classic rivalry in baseball than Yankees-Red Sox, and there’s no better place to see it than Fenway Park, where the Yankees will be that weekend. (And of course Boston is the original home of the Braves.) Or if you don’t want to drive four hours, head down the Turnpike to Philadelphia and see the Phils take on the Marlins…which should be a much cheaper ticket.

Click here for five Citi Field newbie tips.

 

There’s three great Braves destinations for traveling fans; of course they’ll be at Nationals Park in Washington a lot too. Wherever you go to see the Braves, be sure to download one of these first to point the way.

Thanks for reading…stay tuned for Diamondbacks destinations!

 

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PNC Park Restaurants On Federal Street

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There are four PNC Park restaurants…and when I say “PNC Park restaurants”, I don’t mean restaurants near PNC Park, I mean that there are actually four eateries attached to the ballpark, with entrances on Federal Street.

These are bona fide grub stops that are popular on game days, and with overall food quality inside the otherwise spectacular Pittsburgh ballpark (it’s not that bad, but it could be better), they make a good choice for a pre- or post-game meal, with the outdoor dining and all that.

Here are your Federal Street choices…

 

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The benefit of good beer sponsorship…good beer.

PNC Park Restaurants, #1) The Hall Of Fame Club. It changes sponsors frequently…it’s the Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club as I write this…but the Club has an entrance on Federal Street and the indoor sit-down restaurant sits behind the right field bleachers. Unfortunately with the new standing room added there isn’t much of view of the field these days, but it’s still a pleasant atmosphere.

Menu items include the “It’s A Burgh Thing” steak salad, “That’s One Spicy Burger” with bacon, jalapeno pesto, pepper jack cheese and banana peppers, and for health nuts a vegan burger with secret sauce.

And with Rivertowne Brewing as the sponsor, you have great brews available, and best of all, drink prices drop significantly after the game.

 

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It may get crowded, but hey…Iron City beer.

PNC Park Restaurants, #2) Atria’s. Atria’s is a sports bar with several locations in Pittsburgh; their PNC outpost is a small tavern inside but has tables and bartenders on the Federal Street sidewalk. Before games you can get a beer on Federal Street that is not cheap but cheaper than it will be during the game.

Atria’s menu is tavern-style grub; burgers, steak and seafood entrees, etc. Most people in the online universe are happy with the size of the burgers. There are TVs in the bar if you’d like to watch the game from there.

Pro tip! The Pirates give out a free program called “Inside Pitch”…check your program for coupons for Atria’s or other nearby joints.

NOTE FROM KURT: I’ve recently learned that Atria’s has departed from their PNC Park location, I don’t yet know what is replacing it. Will update this when I can…

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Is there a food on earth that looks more enticing on display?

PNC Park Restaurants, #3) Slice On Broadway. South Hills-based Slice replaced Diamond as the PNC Park pizza shop in 2016; and it was a good choice. Slice’s New York-style pizza has been voted Best Pizza in Pittsburgh by several periodicals, including Pittsburgh Magazine.

It looks just like an pizza shop, but the slices are large and tasty, and they have other terrific menu items like strombolis and hoagies. If you go before the ballpark’s gates open, it’s priced very reasonably, but with an entrance into the ballpark, you can go there for a slice during the game in a ballpark strangely devoid of a pizza stand. (They serve Fox’s pizza den inside, but it isn’t heavily advertised.)

Unfortunately prices rise after the ballpark gates open, but Slice is well worth a visit if you’re a pizza fan.

 

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If you get it to go, skip the salsa…

PNC Park Restaurants, #4) Steel Cactus. Didn’t mean to put Steel Cactus last, since they’re perfectly good. Steel Cactus gives baseball fans what they need at PNC; a burritos and tacos option. The Federal Street entrance leads to a full restaurant and bar, and you have a choice of burritos and tacos with an impressive selection of stuffings.

It’s probably not a place to go if you’re looking for the most authentic Mexican food experience, but for a pre- or post-game meal it’s more than adequate. Burritos are nicely sized and reasonably priced and they have tasty salsas.

Steel Cactus is mostly a sit-down restaurant, but they do have a window in Highmark Legacy Square where you can order a burrito.

 

There’s some of what you need to know about the Federal Street restaurants at PNC Park, a lesser known part of the Pittsburgh baseball experience. If you’re making a trip to see Pirates baseball in one of America’s best ballparks, don’t miss out on everything else you need to know…download and read this essential guide to PNC Park!

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3 Great Orioles Destinations For 2018

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Okay, so maybe Orioles fans don’t have a lot to get excited about this season. The team finished last in 2017 and has since lost their closer and are still searching for pitching.

But that shouldn’t allow any Orioles fan to let that ruin their vacation. Here are three Orioles destinations for 2018 where you can take a road trip and root for the underdogs…

 

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And Craft Burgers.

Orioles Destinations, #1) Guaranteed Rate Field (White Sox) – May 21-24. Anyone old enough to remember the 1983 ALCS? Lamarr Hoyt’s unhittable performance in Game 1 followed by three straight O’s victories en route to their (still) most recent World Series appearance? OK, didn’t mean to be a downer reminding Birds fans how long it’s been.

But anyway, Guaranteed Rate is that “other” ballpark in Chicago, and it’s got some cool things going for it, like the Kraft Cave with craft beers and craft burgers. They even have a guy there to tell you what type of burger goes with your beer. White Sox fans are also big on tailgating if you’re into that; lots of large parking spaces around the place with bins to dump your coal.

I don’t know how good the White Sox will be this year, but usually the White Sox don’t sell out many games, and you can often buy tickets at the box office on game day and save on fees. Or seek out people with extras; I’ve actually seen two games there for free that way. (Well, I did buy a beer for the people that gave me the ticket…)

Side Trips: The Indians will be at Wrigley Field that week for a remake of the epic 2016 Series; it may be a tough ticket but being during the week in May might offset that a little bit. Or see the Giants in Wrigley that weekend for another black and orange team.

Here are five newbie tips for Guaranteed Rate Field.

 

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Where you can find the Ultimate Answer.

Orioles Destinations, #2) Citi Field (Mets) – June 5-6

Believe it or not, there are a sizable amount of New Yorkers who dislike the Yankees as much as O’s fans do, and many of them hang out at Citi Field. I was only a year old during the 1969 Series, so it was less traumatic for me and I don’t actually hate the Mets.

Citi Field is worth a visit just for the food; they have four stands selling various types of burgers and at least ten different kinds of fries. For a midweek June game, you should be able to score a reasonably cheap ticket with access to the Foxwoods and Promenade Clubs, with Rao’s sandwiches and Big Mozz sticks, respectively. The food selection is unbelievable at Citi…don’t just go for the most expensive hot dog in baseball there.

It’s also a beautiful ballpark in its own right, and if you have the means to use Amtrak it’s only about a two and a half hour ride from Baltimore’s Penn Station to NYC’s Penn Station. From there the LIRR is a quick, pleasant and convenient ride to the home of the Mets.

Side trips: The Brewers play the Phillies at beautiful Citizens Bank Park starting Friday June 8, if you’re staying in NYC a few days and want to stop in Philly for a game on the way back.

Here are five newbie tips for Citi Field.

 

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Get some froot loops on your hot dog. Only in Cleveland.

Orioles Destinations, #3) Progressive Field (Indians) – August 17-19

Progressive Field was the “second” ballpark in the post-Camden Yards ballpark boom (actually tied for second, with the soon to be demolished Ballpark in Arlington). It made quite the splash in Cleveland…between a beautiful new downtown ballpark and a suddenly contending team, the place had an unheard-of 455 straight sellouts.

Today Progressive Field is very different, but in a good way. Like at Citi Field, the food selection is insane…there are at least ten local Cleveland eateries represented in the place. Melt grilled cheese sandwiches, Barrio tacos, Dante’s Inferno pizza, Sweet Moses ice cream…bring your appetite to this place.

It’s also a terrific baseball atmosphere; the huge scoreboard with the city backdrop, a recent World Series team that is fun to watch, and a great post-game scene with taverns nearby selling cheap beers just like Sliders and Pickles Pub in Baltimore. It’s a great place for the kids too, with a huge play area that stretches indoors and out with spots where parents can watch the game.

Side Trips: See an interleague interstate matchup between Cleveland and Cincinnati at the highly underrated Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on August 15. The Cubs will be in Pittsburgh starting the 17th; PNC Park is one of the better parks in baseball and is just a two hour drive from Cleveland.

Here are five newbie tips for Progressive Field.

 

That’s three places where you can take a trip to see the Orioles in 2018; and of course they’ll be in Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium a lot too.

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PNC Park With Kids – Three Things to Know

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Doing PNC Park with kids? Great idea…it’s a great time to expose them to baseball in one of the planet’s most beautiful settings for it. When the Pirates are competitive, it’s plenty exciting, but it’s a pretty fun experience (and cheaper) even when the Bucs linger near the bottom of the NL Central.

If you’re bringing the kids to PNC Park, here are a few things you should know about. And if you’re looking to save a few bucks when you go, order yourself one of these.

 

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Oh no, this isn’t nightmare fuel…yeesh.

PNC Park With Kids, Tip #1) Go on Sunday. Sunday is by far the best day of the week for kids at PNC. Federal Street north of the ballpark is already closed to traffic, and on Sunday it becomes the Giant Eagle Fan Zone, with inflatable rides, face painting and a bunch of other stuff for the kids.

Sundays are also kids run the bases days, where the little ones can run around the infield after the game. This is a very popular promotion, which brings me to PNC Park With Kids Tip #2…

 

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I’m so proud of my little Bucaroo…

PNC Park With Kids, Tip #2) Join the Bucaroos. By all means have your kid enrolled in the Pirates Bucaroos fan club. There are free memberships that include tickets and buy-one-get-one offers, but the paid membership is well worth the few extra bucks: four tickets and front of the line privileges on run the bases days.

The kids also get cool Pirates stuff like a bedroom sign and parrot blanket with the paid membership. They’ll treasure it forever.

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It’s more popular than it looks. I was early.

PNC Park With Kids, Tip #3) The Kids Play Area. The Pirates have built a respectable kids play area in the right field corner of the ballpark. There’s a wiffle ball field and slides and such, and it’s a place where the kids can burn off energy before the game. If you want to be the first ones there, try going in through the lesser used right field gate.

Oh, one other thing…don’t forget that there’s a Bucaroos food stand, in the left field corner, with smaller portions and prices for kids.

 

There you go…some helpful things to know for your next Pirates game with the little ones. Need more help? Like, say, with finding cheaper tickets or landing a great seat? Do yourself a big solid and download this inexpensive and very handy guide to PNC Park!

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3 Great Red Sox Destinations For 2018

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As an Orioles fan, I am well aware of the willingness of Red Sox fans to travel. The Red Sox themselves offer “Red Sox Destinations” packages.

Frequently Orioles fans are outnumbered at Red Sox games at Camden Yards. (Glad you all love our ballpark so much!) So I figured I’d help you guys spend your money visiting other ballparks instead, so we could have some of our home back…not that there’s much for O’s fans to get excited about this year (are we up to four pitchers yet?).

Here are some pretty cool places that the Red Sox will visit in 2018:

 

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A code of conduct in D.C. That’s a hoot.

Red Sox Destinations #1) Nationals Park, July 2-4. What better place to be on America’s birthday than the nation’s capital? Watch the presidents race at Nationals Park on the 4th, and then take in the amazing fireworks display that night overlooking the Potomac.

Washington probably has some Amtrak routes that Boston fans can hop on if you don’t mind spending a few bucks. It’s a lengthy drive…about eight hours…so it would probably require a flight if you don’t want to deal with NYC and Philly area traffic (and Baltimore, for that matter).

Lots of good food at Nats Park to try, if you’ve never been…like the Ben’s Chili Half-Smoke, the numerous G sandwiches by Mike Isabella, or the amazing District Doughnuts.

Side Trips: See Mike Trout and the Angels in Camden Yards June 29-July 1, or stop at Citi Field on the way back if you’re driving or Amtraking it, and see the Mets take on the divisional rival Rays.

Here are some tips for newbies at Nationals Park…

 

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Eschew Tony Luke’s…check out the highly underrated Delco’s cheesesteak.

Red Sox Destinations #2) Citizens Bank Park, August 14-15. It’s about a six hour drive to Philadelphia from Boston, so it’s a place where Red Sox fans congregate, I know. The nice part about this trip is that the Sox will be in Baltimore the weekend before, and on the way back you can see the Yankees take on the Blue Jays at the Stadium. Makes a nice East Coast baseball trip with Philly in the center.

Citizens Bank Park is a great place to see a game in its own right; there are the several varieties of cheesesteaks, the neon Liberty Bell, and of course the Phillie Phanatic, the greatest mascot in sports. And a bunch of Sox fans should have your back if you’re worried about Phillies fans, but the city just beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, so you’ll probably get some good-natured grief about that.

Side Trips: See the first paragraph…catch the Sox in Baltimore and do a win-win in Yankee Stadium with at least one AL East rival losing!

Here are five tips for newbies at Citizens Bank Park…

 

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This is actually the White Sox’s latest scouting technique.

Red Sox Destinations #3) Guaranteed Rate Field, August 30-September 2. The White Sox are a team on the rise, but the Red Sox should still be able to take them at this point. Check out that “other” ballpark in Chicago…it may lack the charm of Wrigley, but it’s a perfectly nice and less crowded place to see a ballgame.

If you’re taking the kids, Guaranteed Rate has a great play area with an elevated wiffle ball field and other interactive stuff; if you’re there for the party there’s plenty of tailgating in the White Sox lots. Like I said, Wrigley it’s not, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Check out the Craft Kave…not just Chicago themed craft beers, but craft burgers too…and someone to advise you what beer to drink with your burger. If that isn’t baseball, I don’t know what the heck is.

Side Trips: Get there a few days early and see the Cubs and Mets at Wrigley Field…and stay the weekend and see the Brewers take on the Cubs on Labor Day. That will be a tough ticket, but it’s worth it for the rivalry with lots of visiting Cubs fans. Red Sox fans can get behind that.

Here are five tips for newbies at Guaranteed Rate Field…

 

There you go…three great Red Sox destinations (that aren’t Yankee Stadium or Camden Yards) where you can congregate in 2018. But hey, you’re all welcome in Camden Yards too.

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Rogers Centre Nachos – Three (Very) Different Types

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I wouldn’t say that the home of the Blue Jays tops the list in ballparks known for culinary greatness, although they have definitely improved things in recent years. But that there are several different editions of Rogers Centre nachos is impressive to me; chips with stuff piled on them go over pretty well here.

Here are three places where you can get a piled mess of food on chips at the ballpark in Toronto:

 

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With a helpful listing of the ingredients, just in case.

Rogers Centre Nachos, #1) The Muddy York Market. The Muddy York is the large food court at Rogers, and there’s a separate nachos stand where you can actually customize your plate of nachos.

Get a plate of smoked jerk chicken nachos with cheddar cheese sauce, pico de gallo, cole slaw (!), green onions and infused sour cream. Or pile on your own stuff, with toppings like cheese, chicken, salsa, corn, jalapenos, etc. Sour cream and guacamole cost extra…

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Nachos with the visual enhancement of smoked meat sitting behind them.

Rogers Centre Nachos, #2) The King Club. At the Budweiser King Club bar area behind home plate is a carved meat station, and you can order “Bases Loaded Nachos”. These babies are covered with beef brisket, BBQ sauce, jalapenos, caramelized onions, pico de gallo, three bean chili (!), and something called “pepper infused sour cream”.

The Muddy York Market has BBQ nachos too, but they’re not as BBQ, if that makes sense.

 

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Please don’t spit these at the umpire.

Rogers Centre Nachos, #3) The 12 Kitchen. The 12 Kitchen is named for star Jays (and Orioles!) second baseman and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, and has more of a Latin theme in its food. 12 nachos are made with a mix of plantain and tortilla chips (and rightly so, personally I don’t get the kettle chips thing), covered with adobo spiced chicken, queso franco, guacamole, sour cream and green onions.

 

The ingredients for these nachos plates could change when you visit, but as I write this these are the three distinct food stands where you can get some variation of nachos at Rogers Centre. It’s among the more popular non-hot dog foods inside this ballpark…but many fans go for the street meat outside too.

Eat well. If you’re going to a Blue Jays game, plan ahead with this helpful and inexpensive guide.

More About Rogers Centre:

Visiting Rogers Centre – Five Tips For Newbies

The Best Way To Get To Rogers Centre

Bring Food Intro Rogers Centre: Street Meat

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Yankee Stadium With Kids – Three Things To Know

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Visiting Yankee Stadium with kids is easier than it once was; there are more cheap Yankees tickets options and more things to do for the young ones. If you’re making a day of a Yankees game with the family, here are a few things you should know…

 

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Featuring the Yankees Shrink-a-tron, which reduces ushers to 1/10th their actual size!

Yankee Stadium With Kids, Tip #1: The Kids Clubhouse. It’s not as big and fun as some ballparks’ kids sections, like the ones in Philadelphia or Cleveland, but the Yankees did finally add a spot with a lot of soft surfaces and games and slides for the little ones. Kids can throw pitches, run bases, and put their faces in photos. The kids area is in right field in the upper level, and you can usually find cheap tickets for nearby sections.

In a recent visit I took my kids and this was their favorite part of the venture (they’re too young yet to appreciate a well-executed sacrifice). There’s also a nursing area. Not a bad view of the Bronx from there, if you like looking at the Bronx.

 

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Lots of play space before the area fills up.

Yankee Stadium With Kids, Tip #2: Park Close And Arrive Early. Yankee Stadium is shoehorned into a very congested area, and it’s the urban part of New York City that completely lacks the glamour and glitz of Manhattan. Trains going by are loud, and as game time approaches it gets very crowded.

It’s definitely not cheap to park close to the stadium, but if you don’t have the option of using Metro-North or the MTA, you won’t want to be too far away, especially if you’re not familiar with the area.

You can let them play on Macombs Dam Park for a while to burn off some energy before the gates open, and if you use the River Avenue garage, you’ll be close to souvenir shops that are much cheaper than inside.

 

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So, can I get Yankees tickets here?

Yankee Stadium With Kids, Tip #3: Take Advantage of Specials. The Yankees do make some tickets affordable for families. There are discounted tickets for kids on weekends, Yankees Universe memberships for kids that include tickets and fast track entry into the Stadium (which is no small thing here, believe me), and frequent discounted pasteboards available in the Yankees e-mail newsletter.

If you want to take the kids to just one game, I highly recommend looking into Universe memberships especially. It can save you quite a bit of cash.

 

There’s three tips for making a Yankees game with the children a more fun and affordable experience; it’s never too soon to introduce them to baseball.

Guaranteed Rate Field Restaurants

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Since the home of the White Sox is surrounded mostly by parking lots, the nearby scene is known far more for above average tailgating than a slew of eateries. (There are a few decent watering holes nearby though, contrary to popular myth.) That said, there are several Guaranteed Rate Field restaurants – as in attached to or inside the ballpark. Here are three worth noting:

 

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“Wait! I’ve just realized we can see the game live right next door!”

Guaranteed Rate Field Restaurants, #1) The ChiSox Bar & Grill. The nice thing about the ChiSox Bar & Grill attached to the ballpark is being able to enjoy a meal before or after the game, without having to move your car.

The ChiSox draws a good crowd and the bar on the lower level gets pretty crowded. The food is popular among fans: burgers, tacos, sandwiches and appetizers like jalapeno cheddar hush puppies and pork nachos…and of course, wash it down with Big Hurt Beer. The ChiSox has appetizer specials on game days.

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This is about as good a spot for outdoor dining as you’ll find in Chicago.

Guaranteed Rate Field Restaurants, #2) The Craft Kave. The White Sox turned the Miller Lite Bullpen Sports Bar into the much more tasteful Craft Kave…it’s actually a party area with seating in right field and a full bar underneath.

It used to be for groups, but you can now enter the Craft Kave and not only choose from over 70 Chicago area craft brews, but also some truly incredible craft burgers like the “Veeck as in Wreck” burger with two patties and onion rings piled on, or the “Wild Pitch” with mushrooms and Swiss. There’s even a White Sox staffer that helps you choose the perfect brew to go with your burgers. Amazeballs.

 

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Be sure to have someone on lookout for people trying to snag your seats.

Guaranteed Rate Field Restaurants, #3) Xfinity Zone. The Xfinity Zone in the lower right field concourse is a great spot for a sit down meal. There’s no view of the game, but there are plenty of TVs and you’re bound to be pretty close to one.

The menu includes superlative deli-style sandwiches such as the Ultimate Turkey Club and the Supreme Corned Beef, along with dogs, sausages and fried pickles and such. There’s a full bar with mixed drinks and domestic or craft brews.

 

There’s much more food at Guaranteed Rate Field to choose from…like the Comiskey Dogs and elotes, but this should help you choose a sit down spot in the absence of a nearby restaurant. If you want the full lowdown on the food selection inside and outside of Guaranteed Rate Field, try reading this handy little guide.

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