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What’s New at the Ballparks 2017 – National League - I haven't yet had an opportunity to get all the E-Guides up to speed with the changes for 2017 (I will as soon as I can), but I've listed everything new for National League ballparks described by Ballpark E-Guides:   Chicago Cubs - Wrigley Field: Well, obviously, the most celebrated change at Wrigley Field will ... Read More
What’s New at the Ballparks 2017 – American League - Since I have not yet been able to get all of the E-Guides up to date as of this writing (I will as soon as I can), here's a list of the changes in the American League ballparks (covered by Ballpark E-Guides) for 2017:   Baltimore Orioles - Camden Yards: Other than putting in some ... Read More
Save Money At The Ballpark…Got $219.53? - Here is the challenge for people who want to save money at the ballpark...look at this number: $219.53. 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 ... Read More
Ballpark Food: What Will You Eat At The Game? - Ballpark food, as you well know I’m sure, is priced just above the point of being unreasonable. On top of that, there are so many choices at the ballpark that you often get that sense of missing out on something. Not to mention the lines at some stands…is the Shackburger or Tony Luke’s sandwich really ... Read More
Baseball Parking, And Other Expensive Hassles - Remember when baseball parking wasn't a significant part of your entertainment budget? No, I don't either. And doesn't the traffic in and out and overpriced baseball parking get exasperating? If you’re like most fans, you park in team lots at the ballpark, accepting whatever the cost is. Maybe you can find something a couple bucks ... Read More
Baseball Seating: Are You Getting The Best Seat? - I have a question for you regarding baseball seating... What’s the first thing you do when you go online or to the box office to buy tickets? You look at the baseball seating chart, right? You look at different pricing levels, and then you make a choice based on your budget and your preferences. But ... Read More
For Cheap Baseball Tickets, Try SeatGeek - It’s the timeless quest of the baseball fan: to find cheap baseball tickets. As I’m sure you know, it’s not the easiest thing to do. Baseball teams jack up the prices of the really good seats, especially teams that have become contenders of late and have increased demand for tickets. You’ve also got all those ... Read More
Why I Use Hotwire On Baseball Trips - I first discovered Hotwire when booking hotel rooms on a ballpark in 2003, and I have been using it so much ever since that paying $100 for a hotel room is something I don't even consider anymore. I'm sure you've noticed how expensive hotel stays are these days. If you book directly through a hotel's ... Read More
Why I Love ParkWhiz: Reserve Your Ideal Spot - Whenever I am going to drive and park at the game, especially in a ballpark that's in the heart of a city, I always check ParkWhiz first for two very good reasons. The first is the cost of parking, of course. At Fenway Park in Boston, most of the lots within a half mile of ... Read More
Three Ways To Save Money On Souvenirs - I deliberately haven’t put information on how to save money on souvenirs in Ballpark E-Guides. I may mention what ballparks have an outside vendor scene, where a fan can buy cheaper T-shirts or caps or pennants. But for the most part I don’t go beyond recommending against buying anything in the team shop. Rarely will ... Read More
Gluten-Free At The Ballpark: Some Tips - If you are the proud possessor of a gluten allergy, you might think it’s next to impossible to eat gluten-free at the ballpark. But fortunately, that is not the case anymore. Because my wife is afflicted with celiac disease, it makes finding food at any recreational event somewhat difficult. Obviously the classic hot dog with ... Read More
How To Find Healthy Food At The Ballpark - Finding healthy food at the ballpark isn’t easy. The multitudes of food offerings at ballparks, often celebrating local flavor, are wonderful but can be overwhelmingly tempting, especially when one knows they’ll be doing some walking off of the calories. Despite what I do here, I’m not at as many ballgames as people think. And since ... Read More
Ballpark Food Ideas: What Should I Eat At The Game? (Part 2) - In a previous installment of this blog, I told a story of being in a ballpark that I didn’t know too much about and looking for ballpark food ideas. Not an easy thing if you don’t know going in what is available, as I found out. But I’ve thought about what sort of tips I ... Read More
Ballpark Food: What Should I Eat At The Game? (Part 1) - If you’ve been to a game recently, you know that there is ballpark food available for every taste. Not only is there usually a restaurant or two on the premises now, but out in the concourse areas you can find pizza, burgers, barbecue joints, delicatessens, vegetarian and kosher choices, and there’s even Asian- and Mexican-style ... Read More
Baseball’s Biggest Loss Of 2014 - Few things were funnier than my father’s occasional profanity-laden philosophy. Before baseball's last collective bargaining agreement, I asked him if he would quit watching if the players went on strike again. Like everyone else, he was angry as hell about 1994 and once said to me that he wouldn't care if he never saw another ... Read More
Should I Buy Baseball Tickets On Craigslist? - People often come up to me and matter-of-factly ask, "Kurt, I've been thinking of buying baseball tickets on Craigslist. But should I? Can that medium be trusted?" Sports fans love to tell the story of the great deal they scored on tickets it through a scalper, great timing on StubHub, a classified ad, whatever. ... Read More
On Buying Baseball Tickets Online - Isn’t it great to be able to find baseball tickets for a ball game while still wearing a robe and drinking coffee? I remember when I was a younger Orioles fan and had to use the telephone or the box office, and that’s one thing I don’t yearn for when fans talk about the “good ... Read More
How To Save Money On Playoff Tickets - The MLB Playoffs are here, and of the six division winners that have already punched their tickets to the postseason, only one...the Boston Red Sox of all teams...have seen a World Series championship since 1988. Four of these teams haven’t even won a World Series in the ballpark they currently play in...that includes the Cubs...and ... Read More
30 Ballparks In 23 Days - In the 2012 season, Chuck Booth pulled off a remarkable feat. He saw every inning of 30 games in all 30 MLB ballparks. Yes, I know. A few people have done that. But how about pulling off that feat in 23 days? Booth followed a schedule that included seven doubleheaders…including Toronto/New York, Boston/Washington (those two ... Read More
Parking For Free At The Ballpark - Recently I interviewed Scott Chamberlain, a prominent member of Ballpark Chasers, and someone who has accomplished a pretty remarkable feat in 2016...he has paid just $2 for parking all season! Scott graciously took the time to answer my questions and share his tips; hope you enjoy the exchange below. If you'd like to check out ... Read More
Megabus – Great For Traveling Fans - So you have no problem taking a nine hour trip to see your favorite team in another ballpark, right? I’ve seen it happen plenty in the ballparks I’ve just visited. Nationals Park was full of Phillies fans on Opening Day last year, and much of downtown Baltimore’s hospitality industry is dependent on Red Sox and ... Read More