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4 Ways To Score Cheap Mets Tickets

Posted by Kurt Smith

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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 third party 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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Click the image to find deals on Mets tickets…

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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3 Ways To Score Cheap Pirates Tickets

Posted by Kurt Smith

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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, but of course read this and this to help pick your seats.  And remember, there’s plenty more where that came from…be sure to sign up for my PNC Park e-mail newsletter

 

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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.

As this is written, PNC Bank cardholders get discounts on tickets and fan club memberships; 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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Click the image to find deals on Pirates tickets…

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. 

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. Stay tuned.

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PNC Park Restaurants On Federal Street

Posted by Kurt Smith

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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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You have to step outside for this view, but at least there’s a drink rail.

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

Menu items include Pittsburgh-style salads, the “pulled pork pierogie hoagie” with pork, potato and cheese pierogies with crispy onions on a bun, and for health nuts a vegan burger with secret sauce. Lots of vegan and gluten-free choices here in fact…it’s a good place to get your healthy grub on.

There’s great brews and Jim Beam drinks 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 any 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. Of course, they have food inside the ballpark too…

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PNC Park With Kids – 3 Things to Know

Posted by Kurt Smith

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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.

 

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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 (keep this in mind choosing seats, incidentally). 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 much 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. Bonus tip at no extra charge!

There you go…some helpful things to know for your next Pirates game with the little ones. Stay tuned for more tips, I got a million of ’em.

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Yankee Stadium With Kids – 3 Things To Know

Posted by Kurt Smith

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.

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3 Yankee Stadium Parking Tips

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There isn’t much in the way of cheap Yankee Stadium parking, at least not anywhere close to the ballpark. You’re usually better off using the MTA or Metro-North trains to get there; even with a group this is often cheaper and easier.

But if you do decide to take a car, here are three Yankee Stadium parking suggestions from Ballpark E-Guides…(or check out my complete guide to Yankee Stadium parking.)

 

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Enjoy a Yankees game and shop for furniture for one great parking price!

Yankee Stadium Parking Tip #1: The Bronx Terminal Garage. The Bronx Terminal garage is about a half mile south of the Stadium, which isn’t too bad, and for day games you probably won’t mind the walk. If you’re unfamiliar with the Bronx, it could make you uneasy, but there should be plenty of people heading towards other nearby lots.

Other nice things about this garage is that you can book it ahead of time on ParkWhiz, often for significantly less than only-slightly-closer Yankees lots. And there are some eateries and a Target market here, so you can pack some sandwiches and peanuts ahead of time.

One caveat about this garage…it isn’t the easiest to exit on a Sunday afternoon with other shoppers leaving. Park closer to the exit if you can.

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Recoup some of your parking costs with far less expensive souvenirs…

Yankee Stadium Parking Tip #2: The River Avenue Garage. It’s the most expensive garage at Yankee Stadium ($40 as of this writing), but it’s also right across the street, good for families who are concerned about the large crowds around the ballpark.

It may cost a lot, but it’s not much more than other nearby Yankees-operated garages that aren’t as close. The River Avenue garage is also right next door to some terrific and much cheaper souvenir shops, along with the McDonald’s right across the street from the ballpark. Extremely convenient at least.

The River Avenue garage can be booked through the Yankees website and City Parking, and booking ahead is generally a good idea. You don’t want to be searching for another lot in this area on game day.

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Unfortunately, you can’t use the 1/2 hour special. Unless you only plan to stay for a couple of pitches.

Yankee Stadium Parking Tip #3: iPark Garage at 771 Concourse Village. This is for people who want to go cheap and are okay with a little bit of a walk in the Bronx. You can book this one on ParkWhiz as well, for less than half what the Yankees are charging for lots that further away. You’ll also pass by the Court Deli, my favorite place to load up on cheaper sandwiches to bring in.

This lot is covered and attended, and they valet park your car, meaning they will have to move other cars to get yours out. (Be sure your battery is good!) Again, though, the Bronx is the non-glamorous part of New York City, and even though this is a residential area it’s not pretty to look at and can be unnerving at night.

There’s three options if you do decide to bring a car; but as I’ve said, between parking costs and driving, it’s almost always easier and cheaper to use a train or subway to get to the Stadium.

771 Concourse Garage photo courtesy of ParkWhiz.

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3 Ways To Score Cheap Yankees Tickets

Posted by Kurt Smith

Well okay, I won’t say that it’s easy to land cheap Yankees tickets, especially if you would like to sit closer to the field with the wine and cheese crowd. You know, the people that Lonn Trost thinks don’t want you anywhere near them.

But I will tell you that before you pay face price for tickets through the team, take a look at specials that they offer first. Some very good bargains to be had…

 

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Just in case you didn’t know the web address.

Cheap Yankees Tickets, Tip #1) Use The Team Newsletter. You should subscribe to any team newsletter if you would like to see a game, but the Yankees newsletter especially is full of terrific offers.

The team offers half-price tickets, discounts for kids and seniors, and even some $5 tickets for low demand games. There’s also specials on tickets for clubs like the Jim Beam Club behind home plate, and you can sometimes pay half the price for entry into the Jim Beam and other stadium clubs.

Always pay attention to the newsletter before paying face price.

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A key benefit of fan club membership: ushers won’t pretend they can’t see you.

Cheap Yankees Tickets, Tip #2) Yankees Universe. The Yankees have several levels of Yankees Universe fan club membership, with varying prices, but they all include tickets to a game that make it well worth the cost. The MVP level membership includes those nice padded field level seats, and the membership price is much less than the face price of the tickets would be.

You get extra stuff with membership too, like a separate entrance to use (which is a great help), gear and bobbleheads, and deals on available premium tickets. And proceeds from membership sales go to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, so you’re helping your fellow humans too.

 

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The Yankees often celebrate the last year they sold $10 tickets.

Cheap Yankees Tickets, Tip #3) The Pinstripe Pass. If all you want is to get into the stadium and socialize, the Pinstripe Pass is for you; it’s an inexpensive ticket and includes a free drink…which at Yankee Stadium drink prices, makes the ticket almost free.

It’s a standing room ticket, but if you need a place to sit, the Bud party decks have some barstool seating, and the ushers aren’t too strict if you manage to find a spot in the upper Grandstand. There are also some bars throughout the stadium where you can sit, but you won’t likely have a view of the field. But hey, for the price, it ain’t too bad.

 

There’s three ways to save a few bucks on Yankees tickets, but there’s a lot more to know if you want a less expensive Yankees game. Stay tuned…

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3 Ways To Score Cheap Reds Tickets

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The Reds are pretty good about making the majority of seats at Great American Ball Park affordable for fans. But it also helps to save money by planning ahead…so here are three tips for scoring cheap Reds tickets.

 

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Imagine all this news in your inbox!

Cheap Reds Tickets, Tip #1) Use The Newsletter. The Reds e-mail ticket alerts offer some truly great deals for fans, and I can tell you the Reds put more offers in their newsletter than most teams do, even when they’re competitive on the field.

Deals include half-price tickets for kids on Sundays, added concessions value and discounted tickets for members of the local library or other Cincinnati institutions. The Reds are very generous to newsletter subscribers, so be sure to sign up.

 

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Of course, if you applied online, you could have gotten a cheap ticket to get to this booth.

Cheap Reds Tickets, Tip #2) Join The Club(s). The Reds have three fan clubs for kids of varying age levels; you can find them on the Fans page of the Reds website. Membership includes ticket vouchers that are alone worth the price, but you also get a lot of privileges and gear to go with it.

For adults, if you’re early enough, you can join the Rosie Reds Club, which is a separate entity but also offers ticket deals for members.

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The Reds reward good deeds.

Cheap Reds Tickets, Tip #3) Help Your Fellow Cincinnatian. In the Community section of the Reds website are several opportunities to score Reds tickets through being a good citizen. The Reds offer tickets to fans for donating blood, participating in the “Redlegs Run”, or recycling your electronics.

Nothing like getting ballgame tickets for helping your fellow human.

 

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Cheap Reds Tickets, Tip #4) Bonus Tip: Try SeatGeek. SeatGeek is my favorite third party website for Reds tickets, and I’m not just saying that because they’re an affiliate of mine. Anytime I’m looking for deals on baseball tickets, I check SeatGeek first.

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There you go, four great tips for finding inexpensive tickets to see the Cincinnati Reds. There are plenty of other ways to save money for a game at Great American Ball Park, however…

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3 Ways To Score Cheap Indians Tickets

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With the Tribe at or near the top of the AL Central often these days, cheap Indians tickets can be harder to come by. But you still have some ways to save a few bucks on tickets – here are three courtesy of Ballpark E-Guides. If you want to choose from the cheaper seats, check this out.

 

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The fire pit is a chick magnet. Especially in April.

Cheap Indians Tickets, Tip #1) Brave The April Cold. Cleveland weather being what it is, the Tribe doesn’t generally draw big crowds for April games, especially on weeknights with dynamic pricing. This is a great time of year to save on Club tickets or tickets with access to the Home Plate Club, and you can duck out of the cold in the club.

You can also order a cheap ticket and move to the upstairs section of the Corner bar, and move to the fire pit between innings. And who knows, it might not be that cold that night. I’ve gone to April games in Cleveland that weren’t too bad.

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Nothing like a broken-in baseball glove.

Cheap Indians Tickets, Tip #2) Take The Volunteer Challenge. The Indians sometimes offer tickets and other rewards to philanthropic sorts; you can sometimes score tickets by donating cans of food or a used glove.

If you give your time through the team’s Volunteer Challenge, you can reap some rewards when you build up a number of volunteer hours, including game tickets. Who says good deeds aren’t appreciated? Not the Indians!

You can find opportunities like this in the Community section of the Indians’ website.

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Just in case there is no one at the window.

Cheap Indians Tickets, Tip #3) Eschew The Fees. If you know a game probably won’t sell out (see the April tip above), try getting your tickets at the box office or the team shop rather than online…with multiple tickets especially, you can save a considerable chunk of online fee change.

The only exception is the District Ticket, which is only available online. Bonus tip: the Indians sometimes waive ticket fees and will tell you so in their e-mail ticket alerts; that’s the time to snag those District Tickets.

 

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Cheap Indians Tickets, Tip #4) Bonus Tip: Try SeatGeek. SeatGeek is my favorite third party outlet for Indians tickets, and I’m not just saying that because they’re an affiliate. SeatGeek searches from a number of ticket outlets, and I frequently find better deals there than on StubHub.

There you go; three ways (+1!) for you to land some possibly cheaper tickets to see the 2016 AL Champion Cleveland Indians. Stay tuned, I’ll post more.

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Can You Bring Food Into Wrigley Field?

Posted by Kurt Smith

The short answer to the question for thrifty fans is yes, you can bring food into Wrigley Field from outside. The Cubs allow a 16*16*8 soft-sided bag (which is pretty big), so long as it doesn’t contain alcohol or projectiles. The Friendly Confines does have some great Chicago style grub (which I talk about here and here and in this truly informative Wrigley Field food post) but sometimes it’s good to save a few bucks too.

So what does this mean for you? In addition to bringing in peanuts and bottled water, which is easy to find anywhere outside, including at the Addison Red Line station, you have a few places near the ballpark to load up on Cubs game sustenance. This can help you choose an ideal parking spot, incidentally.

Here are three suggestions if McDonald’s, Taco Bell or Subway doesn’t light up your palate:

 

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Is there an “unofficial” hot dog of the Cubs?

Bring Food Into Wrigley Field, Stop #1) Wrigleysville Dogs. Yes, that’s an “S” in the name. Probably some legal thing. Wrigleysville Dogs is a few steps north of the ballpark on Clark Street, and it’s a great place for super cheap grub – like that classic Chicago dog dragged through the garden.

You can park in their lot too, if you’re early enough, but that part isn’t cheap.

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Translation: “Mexican Burrito”. Took all night to come up with that name.

Bring Food Into Wrigley Field, Stop #2) El Burrito Mexicano. This tiny but authentic joint is right there at the foot of the Red Line station, and you can get yourself an easy-to-carry burrito to bring inside. (Burritos are an underrated ballpark food IMHO.)

Again, super cheap, but keep in mind that it’s cash only and very popular with fans. Get there early before it gets packed if you can.

 

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The store is just a block away from the stand inside the ballpark.

Bring Food Into Wrigley Field, Stop #3) Nuts On Clark. There is actually a Nuts On Clark outpost inside Wrigley Field as of this writing, but you can order your gourmet popcorn right there at the store on Clark Street, and it’s cheaper than in the ballpark and has a wider selection.

It’s a very short walk from Wrigley, but it’s only open during the day, so use this one for day games.

There’s three outside choices in Wrigleyville for fans bringing in their own grub. But there’s a pretty impressive menu inside the ballpark that you’ll want to know about too…

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How To Avoid Obstructed Views At Wrigley Field

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One could probably write an entire book about how to avoid obstructed views at Wrigley Field, as Tim Shea did with Fenway. Next to finding the ideal parking spot, it’s one of the ballpark’s biggest challenges.

But just to get you started, here are some basics to keep a big support pole from blocking too much of your view of the field at the Friendly Confines. (Or just sit in the bleachers.)

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It’s better since they added those newfangled “TV sets”.

In the lower Terrace Reserved sections, those big poles hold up the upper level; in the Upper Reserved sections they hold up the roof. In most Terrace sections in the lower level, the pole is in Row 6; it’s in Row 1 of the upper sections.

Support poles are almost always in Seat 1 or 101 of a section, except for 2-3 sections (211-218) on the third base side. In the Terrace, stay away from the seats ending with low numbers in rows 7-10 – although the opposite applies in Sections 211-218. If you get a seat in Rows 11-18, the pole won’t likely be too much of a problem, but in higher rows the overhang could block your view of the scoreboards.

Fortunately the Cubs have added TVs in the lower level to help see anything you miss as a result.

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In upper reserved sections, again, just avoid seats that end in low numbers, unless you’re in the first couple of rows. If the Cubs don’t mark a Row 1 or Row 2 seat as “Limited View”, it’s probably a great seat.

In most upper reserved seats, you’ll probably have a pole blocking your view of something. If you can’t get something in the middle of a low row, try for the higher rows like 7-9 to minimize the blockage. (Row 9 is the top row.)

Again, you can always check with the nice folks at WrigleyGuide for more details, but these are some basic rules that should help you avoid obstructed views at Wrigley Field.

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Best Way To Get To Wrigley Field – The CTA

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You have a lot of transportation options for the Friendly Confines, and choosing the best way to get to Wrigley Field depends on both your budget and starting point (and mood, too).

But with all due respect to my friends at CubParking, using the Chicago Transit Authority is the easiest way to get to the Friendly Confines, especially for first-timers to the ballpark. Once you’re familiar with the area, you can try driving it…but for now do this.

For using the CTA, you have three popular choices:

 

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I think we’re here.

#1) The Red Line. Ah, the Red Line. It may be packed to standing room level with Cubs fans and occasionally smell of urine, but you can’t beat the convenience…elevated trains stop at the Addison station, just steps away from Wrigley. The Red Line runs all night; coming from downtown Chicago it works quite well, and from a suburb like Skokie you can transfer from the Yellow Line.

The Sheridan and Belmont stations are also close enough to walk to Wrigley if you’d like to get off a stop early or better your chances of finding a seat on the train after the game.

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Belmont – the hidden station for smart Wrigley goers.

#2) The Brown Line. If you don’t mind a short walk (Google Maps clocks it at 15 minutes), the Brown Line is a quieter, less crowded alternative to the Red. The Southport and Belmont stations are less than a mile walk from Wrigley, you’ll probably have a seat and a smoother ride, and you can pass by some decent takeout places along the walk, like D’Agostino’s. The Brown doesn’t run all night though, so check the schedule.

 

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Not the same Addison station where Wrigley is. Don’t walk it from here.

#3) The Blue Line/#152 Bus. Coming from O’Hare and the Des Plaines area, you can use the Blue Line to Addison Station (different from the Red Line Addison Station), and then use the #152 Wrigley Express bus to get to the ballpark.

Easy peezy, although I do suggest using the Irving Park Station and the #80 bus for a faster ride. That one involves some walking on Clark Street, however.

The Blue Line option is great for visitors staying near the airport to save on hotel parking, as I often do.

There you go, three simple public transit choices, still the best way to get to Wrigley Field for most people. But there are some cheaper and easier options too, and CubParking is a great choice for booking your parking if you decide to drive.

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Fenway Park With Kids – 3 Things To Know

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Visiting Fenway Park with kids is light years better today than it once was before the congestion reduction, but it’s still a challenge. So Ballpark E-Guides, looking out for every demographic, has some tips for parents. (If you want to find the best deal on Red Sox tickets, check this out!)

 

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Hey honey, we’re part of the club!

Fenway Park With Kids, Tip #1) Get a FREE Ticket From Kid Nation. Yes, unbelievable as it may seem, the Red Sox offer a free ticket with membership in the free edition of Red Sox Kid Nation. The paid membership is even better…it includes a backpack, a jersey and chances to get other stuff. Well worth the price.

You still have to buy a ticket for you of course, but a free ticket to the most expensive ballpark in baseball is a nice thing.

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Get them good and tired so that they sit still for the game.

Fenway Park With Kids, Tip #2) Outdoor and Indoor Play Areas. Jersey Street now features those bouncy houses and face painting and such, and the Sox recently added an indoor play area called “Wally’s Clubhouse” to the Big Concourse in right field. Virtual reality batting cages, visits with the mascot – it’s the place to be for young ones, and there’s plenty of dogs and ice cream stands in the Big Concourse.

Wally’s is open to kids starting in the 3rd inning for some reason.

 

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“Great selfie honey. Where are the kids?”

Fenway Park With Kids, Tip #3) Calling All Kids Month. In June, the Red Sox arrange lots of activities for kids; they can take photos with ballplayers, or even help the grounds crew and save the Red Sox some costs. There are even kid’s crew Red Sox employees outside of the ballpark to greet the little ones. Pay attention to the team e-mail newsletter for good stuff.

As I’ve said, Fenway is greatly improved for bringing the kids, but it can still get cramped and crowded in the concourses especially. Be sure to keep an eye on the little one especially in the concourse areas.

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Fenway Park Food Items – Get Your Lobster Heah.

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With the Fenway Park food menu expanding, one would think people would start to eschew the ubiquitous Fenway Frank. Fortunately that isn’t happening, but if you’re looking for some Massachusetts lobster with your baseball, you have several great choices at the ballpark in Boston…

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I like Red Sox baseball more just looking at this.

Fenway Park Food Items, Lobster Bit #1) The Lobster Roll. The great thing about the Fenway lobster roll is that it’s served on the same white bread bun as the Fenway Frank – and it’s lightly toasted since you’re paying a few extra bucks. The lobster roll includes lettuce, tomato chunks, and a creamy sauce.

You can find it easily at the Fish Shack on Jersey Street, but it’s available in the concourses too.

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Anyone think this should be the new Aramark logo?

Fenway Park Food Items, Lobster Bit #2) The Lobster Melt. This has been added in the recent “ballparks need more grilled cheese” craze…it’s a grilled cheese sandwich with steamed lobster, muenster cheese and a slice of tomato.

It’s made from “Yankee” lobster, for some head-shaking reason.

 

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I would climb a mountain of these things just to put that flag in.

Fenway Park Food Items, Lobster Bit #3) The Lobster Poutine Stak. This amazeballs creation found in the Big Concourse was ranked #8 in For The Win’s craziest ballpark snacks of 2017. But if loving steak fries covered with lobster bisque, cheese curds, lobster meat and chives is crazy, then I don’t want to be normal.

There’s three choices for seafood lovers; but don’t miss out on your other choices of food at Fenway, including the outside vendors, Tasty Burgers, Regina’s pizza and so much more…

Lobster Melt and Lobster Poutine Stak photos courtesy of Aramark.

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Camden Yards With Kids: 4 Things To Know

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If you’re visiting Camden Yards with kids, you have some advantages – cheap tickets, for one, with the O’s struggling at the gate even in winning times. And plenty of inexpensive parking and outside food vendors.

Here are four things parents should know when bringing the kids to Oriole Park…

 

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Free baseball tickets? Rock on Orioles!

Camden Yards With Kids, Tip #1) Bring The Kids For Free! The Orioles announced an “unprecedented initiative” in 2018…free kids tickets! Yes, you read that right…for each upper level ticket you buy as an adult, you can order two more tickets for kids nine and under absolutely free of charge. This includes every game except Opening Day…including “Kids Opening Day”.

This is such a cool thing for the Orioles to do that bloggers of other teams have already strongly suggested that other teams do it too…if only one team would lead the way and reduce concessions prices.

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It costs a bit more and it’s only six games now. But the team wins a bit more.

Camden Yards With Kids, Tip #2) Join The Club. The Junior Orioles Dugout Club is great for the kids, especially if you can go to multiple games. For a small fee, the kid gets six free game tickets, cool gear, access to kids’ newsletters and front of the line access on run the bases days.

Speaking of which…

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What can I say, except “You’re welcome.”

Camden Yards With Kids, Tip #3) Go on Sunday. On Sundays the Orioles offer cool activities for the kids, like face painting and autographs. And kids love to run the bases after the game…but get in line early if you can, because it’s a very popular promotion. There are a LOT of kids in the play area on Sundays, but it helps them burn up energy.

And if the kids are into play areas at the ballpark…and they always are…

 

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O’s employees even come out on cold days.

Camden Yards With Kids, Tip #4) Sit In The Right Field Corner. The play area at Camden Yards with the moon bounce, pitching and batting cages and now a “Bird House”, a treehouse-shaped gym, keeps them occupied for a while. It’s at the south end of Eutaw Street, near Gate H. The Bird House is in the shade, while the moon bounce and other activities are in the sun, so you can imagine which is more popular.

One more thing…don’t forget their “first game” certificate, which you can pick up at Guest Services on Eutaw Street. It’s near Boog’s BBQ.

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Best Way To Get To Camden Yards: Light Rail

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When it comes to the best way to get to Camden Yards, you have enough options. Driving and parking generally isn’t too bad, at least by downtown ballpark standards, and if you book ahead of time.

But for most Orioles games, I prefer to use the MTA Light Rail, for several reasons:

 

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Don’t be intimidated. It’s very nice.

1) MTA Light Rail is cheap. It’s less than four bucks as of this writing round trip to use the streetcar, and parking at most stations outside of the city is free.

You won’t likely find decent parking at the ballpark that cheap…and on top of that, driving to the ballpark in that notorious Baltimore congestion can use up a lot of gas.

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With a helpful photo of the ballpark!

2) MTA Light Rail is convenient. Park for free, hop on the streetcar, and get dropped off right there just a few steps from the gate. You can even use nearby stops to get on or off; the Convention Center and Hamburg stations are still closer than most ballpark parking.

The Light Rail runs frequently enough that you won’t have to wait long before or after the game; for big attendance games you might have a to wait a car or two. Try using the nearby stations in the opposite direction of where you’re headed…your chances of having a seat are better that way.

 

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Sure…how slow could an Interstate highway be?

3) MTA Light Rail avoids traffic. Maybe I should have ranked this higher. If you’re driving in from I-83, traffic north of the ballpark in the city is brutal, especially in the evening when the Inner Harbor gets hopping. The streetcar may take some time trudging through the red lights, but at least you know it will get there. Sometimes when you’re sitting in that downtown Charm City gridlock, you’re not sure.

For the best way to get to Camden Yards, you can’t beat the convenience and price of the Light Rail system. But there are lots of other ways, including by boat or bicycle, and you do have some cheap parking options if you do decide to drive your car.

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4 Tips For Finding Cheap Orioles Tickets

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So you’re looking for cheap Orioles tickets for your next visit to beautiful Camden Yards?

Of course you are…here are a few tips to get you started. Just so you know, this article has affiliate links through which Ballpark E-Guides earns a commission. Thanks for your support!

 

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My bank isn’t even open on Sundays!

Cheap Orioles Tickets, Tip #1: Use The Box Office. Orioles games rarely sell out, especially during the week and when the team isn’t great on the field.

Red Sox, Yankees, and Nationals games draw bigger crowds of course, but in most cases you should be able to walk up to the box office even on game day and pick up whatever seats suit your taste. There are no ticket fees at the box office, so you save a considerable amount of cash.

You might have to stand in line a bit, but the wait isn’t usually long.

 

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It’s only six games now, but the food is a little better.

Cheap Orioles Tickets, Tip #2: Join The Club. If you’d like to take the kids, especially for more than one game, you should definitely have them join the Junior Orioles Dugout Club first.

For a small fee your little one gets tickets to a few games, and membership includes discounts on additional tickets. Well worth the fee, and the kids get lanyards and lunchboxes and stuff too…and front of the line privileges on run the bases days, which is no small thing given the length of that line.

 

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And donate blood to fellow Baltimoreans.

Cheap Orioles Tickets, Tip #3: Give Blood Or Something. As of this writing, the Orioles on occasion will host a blood drive with the Red Cross. Donors usually receive two tickets and a T-shirt for their troubles.

You can find out when a blood drive will be happening by checking the Community section of the O’s website. You can look there to see if the O’s offer tickets for other philanthropy too.

Get complimentary game tickets and help your fellow human. Win-win.

 

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Cheap Orioles Tickets, Tip #4: Try SeatGeek. SeatGeek is a favorite third party seller of mine, and I’m not just saying that because they’re an affiliate. I often find the best third party deals there, and it’s the first place I go to find cheap Orioles tickets. Click here to find Orioles tickets on SeatGeek.

There you go, four helpful tips to help you save money on Orioles tickets and use the extra cash for waffle fries. If you’d like to know more ways to save mucho dinero on tickets, parking and everything else at Oriole Park, be sure to subscribe to the Oriole Park at Camden Yards newsletter series!

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Citizens Bank Park Parking – 3 Cheaper Options

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Finding Citizens Bank Park parking for a Phillies game isn’t terribly difficult; it is built in a sports complex that allows for ample parking, even for multiple events.

Saving money parking at a Phillies game is a little bit more of a challenge, though. So here are three decent and less expensive alternatives to the official Phillies lots, for you the cheap fan.

Note from Kurt...Hey fans, looks like the Holiday Inn option is gone for now. I’ve read that it’s going to be replaced by a casino, but currently it’s a construction zone with no parking. Sorry about that…I’ll update this with anything I hear.

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Just so you know what the building looks like.

Citizens Bank Park Parking, Cheaper Option #1) The Holiday Inn. North of the ballpark across the street from Phillies Lot W, there is a small amount of spaces on the west side of the hotel. You might need to get there early, but they’re a few bucks cheaper than Lot W, it isn’t any farther away, and as far as I know you can tailgate there. It’s a fairly easy out onto Packer Avenue too.

The Holiday Inn restaurant sometimes has game day specials; they used to deduct the cost of parking from your meal if you ate there but I don’t believe they do anymore. Still, wouldn’t hurt to call and ask if there are any specials.

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The difference is clear. And the walk isn’t much further.

Citizens Bank Park Parking, Cheaper Option #2) The Jetro Warehouse. You would actually have to go south of the warehouse to get the cheap rate, but it’s significantly less, there’s decent tailgating here.

There’s a small breakfast and lunch eatery here called the Stadium Grille, a place that gets good reviews for their cheesesteaks if you want a cheap meal before the game. It’s a bit of a walk and not pretty to look at, but good if you want to save a few bucks.

 

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Stone construction makes the lot look safe for parking.

Citizens Bank Park Parking, Cheaper Option #3) The Church Lot on 10th Street. I don’t know the name of this church or even if it is a church (Google Maps is no help here), but it looks like one so I’m running with it. This lot is on 10th Street, north of Packer Avenue and just north of the I-76 overpass. If you look at Google Maps, it’s across the street from a football field. Easy to find.

Parking here is a few bucks cheaper than the aforementioned Holiday Inn lot. It’s a little further away and you have to cross an intersection, but the walk isn’t too bad and you can see the inside of the ballpark as you approach, which is nice. This one is also an easy out onto Packer Avenue.

Those are three less expensive alternatives for parking at Citizens Bank Park, but you have lots of other options to get there, like the Broad Street Line or the Taxi Crab.

 

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Cheap Parking at Camden Yards – 3 Spots

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What you pay for Camden Yards parking at Orioles games generally depends on where you’re coming from…spots north of the ballpark tend to command a higher price, being closer to the nightlife and more ritzy hotels.

So if you’d like to go cheap parking at Camden Yards, and go for an easier out too, here are a few spots south of the ballpark that may work better for you:

 

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Don’t be confused by the alphabet soup. Use F, G, or H.

Cheap Parking at Camden Yards, Spot #1) Orioles Lots F, G, and H. You can actually book spots ahead of time in Orioles Lots B and C close to the ballpark fairly cheaply, if you do it well enough ahead of time on the Orioles website…do that if you can.

But Lots F, G, and H near the Ravens’ stadium tend to be the cheapest choices, and they’re not too far away. You can even use the Light Rail one stop to the ballpark if you want to shorten the walk.

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No, the valet parking isn’t any closer to the ballpark.

Cheap Parking at Camden Yards, Spot #2) The Horseshoe Casino. The Horseshoe is about a mile walk from Camden Yards, and you probably wouldn’t want to walk it at night. The neighborhood isn’t all that bad, just industrial and desolate in the dark.

But for day games, a free parking spot in an attended garage works well, and the walk isn’t too bad…Google calls it at about 18 minutes. No light rail near the casino yet, unfortunately, but maybe in the future…

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Mexican food and Orioles baseball. Your day is complete.

Cheap Parking at Camden Yards, Spot #3) Banditos Bar. Banditos is a Federal Hill institution that recently started offering rides to patrons going to Orioles and Ravens games, and you can park on the street nearby free of charge, or in an inexpensive garage nearby.

It’s actually about as long a walk as the Horseshoe if you don’t want to get a meal beforehand, but Banditos gets pretty good reviews, they have daily food and drink specials, and you get a free ride (although you probably should tip the driver).

There’s three Camden Yards parking options that won’t break your bank at your next O’s game. Try one and let me know how it worked out.

Photo of Bandito’s shuttle courtesy of Bandito’s Bar.

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Parking Near Rogers Centre – 3 “Green P” Spots

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I highly recommend against driving and parking near Rogers Centre for Blue Jays games. If you don’t have to, don’t. But if you must, try using one of the “Green P” lots.

The Green P lots in Toronto, including the ones for parking near Rogers Centre, are owned by the city and as such offer better rates than most. As far as I can tell, none of them charge “event” rates. Here are my top three picks for a night at the ballpark:

 

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This is a pretty nice evening rate for baseball parking.

Green P Lot #1) 40 York Street. I’ll probably get some grief for sharing this favorite spot of fans, but it’s probably the best deal that you’ll find for parking near Rogers Centre. It’s not only cheaper, but the event rate kicks in at 5:00, unlike 6:00 for most lots, so you don’t have to time your arrival so much. It’s a convenient spot too, especially coming from the east.

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With a helpful arrow.

Green P Lot #2) 10 Portland Street. The night rate starts at 6:00 PM for this one, but it’s still fairly convenient at about a half mile from the ballpark, for a ten minute walk, and this one offers a relatively easy out going westbound.

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“Municipal” means good rates!

Green P Lot #3) 2 Church Street. If you can’t score a spot at 40 York, this one isn’t bad coming from the east. It’s got over 2,000 spaces and has cheap nightly rates, including a Saturday special of $1/hour for the first two hours. So on Saturday especially you can arrive plenty early for a good spot and still pay a small fee to park for the evening.

One caution about the 40 York and 2 Church Street lots: these are both close to the Air Canada Centre, home of both the Maple Leafs and Raptors. I strongly recommend checking first to see if there is an event there before going…if there is, get there very early or use public transit.

There are other good options for parking near Rogers Centre, but I would advise that you try Green P first, especially if you can walk a little bit.

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Progressive Field Parking – 3 Swell Spots

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The Progressive Field parking layout is sufficient enough to handle most Indians games – although you should probably use the RTA in some cases, such as when the Cavaliers are playing. For most games, though, you have plenty of choices for cheap and/or convenient parking.

Here are three favorites I’ve found, each suitable for its own situation…

 

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We’re working on the rest of the arrows.

Progressive Field Parking, Tip #1) The Gateway East Garage. This garage is right across Larry Doby Way from the ballpark, and for the convenience it’s reasonably priced (and cheaper than most East 9th St. lots). The lower levels are reserved for employees of both nearby venues, so you’ll be heading to the upper levels, but there is an elevator.

Just get there early, or book your spot ahead of time especially if you anticipate a big crowd at the game.

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All this AND offices!

Progressive Field Parking, Tip #2) The Tower City Garage. Tower City is a bit of a walk from the ballpark, but most of it is a covered walkway for RTA users that are dropped off at Tower City, so weather shouldn’t be a problem.

It’s cheap and an easy out after the game, and nearby restaurants like Morton’s Steakhouse are right there if you’d like a decent meal before or after the game.

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Cleveland’s oldest Irish pub, no doubt because they take people to Indians games.

Progressive Field Parking, Tip #3) The Flat Iron Cafe. You can park for free on the street at the Flatty, as locals call it, or use the very inexpensive lot nearby. At the Flatty you can have a decent meal and ride their colorful shuttle to the ballpark and back.

Great money saver for parking and food if you have the time, and you’re spared the traffic hassles at the ballpark.

There you go, three helpful parking tips for Indians games at Progressive Field. But you have lots of other options to get there, like light rail, the Healthline, even the Great Lakes Fatty Wagon. Stay tuned, I’ll post more.

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The Best Way To Get To Nationals Park From Baltimore

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For you Birds fans or other Baltimoreans looking for the best way to get to Nationals Park from Baltimore for a game, you have a few options.

Here I’m going to share some obvious routes…with a few things you should know.

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So…is this Greenbelt Station?

The Best Way To Get To Nationals Park From Baltimore, Route #1: Take the Green Line Metro from Greenbelt. The Metro train Green Line runs from Greenbelt station, conveniently located off of I-95/495, to the Navy Yard-Ballpark station at Nationals Park in about 40 minutes.

Even with typical I-95/I-495 traffic, this is probably the easiest route for using Metro, but you should have a plan to get back just in case this rare but frustrating occurrence happens.

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You want the one on the right. Unless you’re coming home.

The Best Way To Get To Nationals Park From Baltimore, Route #2: MARC and/or AMTRAK. Amtrak runs trains from Penn Station and BWI airport in Baltimore to Union Station (Red Line) and New Carrollton Station (Orange Line), both of which are a two train ride to Nats Park. The Camden-Washington MARC train runs from Camden Station to Greenbelt Station, requiring only one transfer, and the MARC is much cheaper.

Unfortunately MARC is only available during weekdays, so you’d need to use Amtrak (or a Metrobus, more likely, given their more frequent schedules) at least to get back after a night game.

MARC can be a nice option, sparing you traffic troubles, gas and parking money. Can be a little unwieldy though.

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One of these will do it.

The Best Way To Get To Nationals Park From Baltimore, Route #3: By Car. If you’re going to just drive, I highly recommend that you 1) book your parking beforehand, and b) avoid the most common highways like I-95, especially during rush hour.

Try using MD295, which is truck-free, or if you’re coming from a western suburb like Ellicott City, try using the six-lane U.S. Route 29 highway to I-95/495, and then to MD 295. Route 29 is less congested than I-95 and can save you some aggravation.

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Great American Ball Park Parking – 3 Smart Choices

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There isn’t any shortage of close and convenient Great American Ball Park parking; the home of the Reds is among the easiest to reach by automobile or other means. I’ve looked into this quite a bit, and I have my three favorite spots, each very affordable and with its own advantages:

 

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Reachable by streetcar, and features outstanding Belgian waffles.

Great American Ball Park Parking, Part 1: Park early at the ballpark and make a day of Cincinnati. The Broadway and a couple of other lots are literally right there at the ballpark, but they don’t start charging the game rate until later in the day, so if you’re early enough you can park there for the day for a fraction of the event cost.

And now with the new and inexpensive Cincinnati streetcar, you can very cheaply visit some great local attractions like Findlay Market. (Belgian waffles!)

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Baseball and sea otters…without having to move your car.

Great American Ball Park Parking, Part 2: Park in Newport, KY. The Newport-On-The-Levee garage is cheap, and it’s near a full-blown entertainment center with everything from a movie theater and an aquarium and lots of great eateries.

And multiple ways to get to the ballpark…you can take a lengthy but scenic stroll across the Purple People Bridge, or use the inexpensive Southbank Shuttle to GABP’s front door…or even take a boat from the waterfront restaurants. Great if you’re bringing the kids or impressing a date.

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A cheap if rickety ride from a free parking spot.

Great American Ball Park Parking, Part 3: Park in Covington, KY. Covington is nowhere near the entertainment destination that Newport is, but this can be a good thing…it’s more than simple enough to find a free spot, either near the Roebling Bridge for another scenic walk (and not as lengthy as the walk from Newport) or a Southbank Shuttle station for a cheap ride.

There are some nice watering holes with outdoor dining here, like the Keystone Bar & Grill…which will give you shuttle tokens with their outstanding mac and cheese.

There’s three great options for different tastes in getting to Great American, and I hope you find them useful. But there are lots of great ways to get to the home of the Reds…here’s more about that Southbank Shuttle.

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Guaranteed Rate Field Parking – 3 Cheaper Alternatives

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Chicago isn’t a cheap city, and Guaranteed Rate Field parking lots, while spacious and convenient, aren’t as cheap as they possibly could be. And while the tailgating is certainly respectable, there are some cheaper and sometimes more fun alternatives…

 

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New name, but same great service!

Guaranteed Rate Field Parking Alternative #1: The Pace Guaranteed Rate Field Express. The Pace Bus is great if you’re going cheap; it’s just a few bucks each way, you can park for free in a suburb like Tinley Park, and you’re spared the traffic and parking hassles before and after the game…which can be considerable here.

Another nice thing is that you’ll be surrounded on the bus by White Sox fans.

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You need to be seen on a bus like this.

Guaranteed Rate Field Parking Alternative #2: The Reggies Rock Bus. The Reggies people tell me there is inexpensive parking near their popular music club…you can book it ahead of time with my affiliate ParkWhiz…but however you get to Reggies, you get to ride the awesome-looking Reggies Rock Bus to the game. (Note: the ParkWhiz link you just passed is an affiliate link. Feel free to use it and thanks for your support!)

Reggies (yes, there’s no apostrophe) also has specials that include a meal and game ticket, for an absolute steal of a price. Check them out.

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In case you didn’t know the ballpark is on 35th Street.

Guaranteed Rate Field Parking Alternative #3: The CTA Red/Green Lines. Okay, these are obvious – but I’ve already talked about Metra Rail here. Besides, both trains have their advantages – you can park very inexpensively at stations like Howard (or even in Chinatown for the Red Line), and from the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station on the Green Line it’s a short walk past cool sandwich shops like Jimmy John’s to fill up your goody bag.

That’s just a few alternatives to the somewhat expensive and kind-of-boring-if-you’re-not-tailgating lots at Guaranteed Rate Field. But there are plenty of ways to get to the White Sox ballpark, so choose whatever works best for you.

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Can You Bring Food Into Fenway Park?

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Can you bring food into Fenway Park? The short answer is yes, you can. The Red Sox allow you to bring in a 16*16*8 soft-sided bag, so long as it doesn’t contain alcohol or potential projectiles. Nothing wrong with the Fenway Park food menu, but it’s nice to save a few bucks, especially in Boston.

But now that you know that you can bring food into Fenway Park, the new question is what to bring in…and Ballpark E-Guides, always willing to take the extra base, has a few suggestions:

 

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That is more than enough Inner Beauty.

The Sausage Connection. Of all of the vendors selling sausages on Lansdowne Street before the game, the Sausage Connection is my personal favorite. It’s a yellow kiosk near the Game Day tickets line.

Not only are the prices for sausages and chicken teriyaki sandwiches better than inside the ballpark, they offer that “Inner Beauty” hot sauce, a thick mustard-style sauce that will blow out the back of your brain (go easy with it at first, seriously).

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Bigger than the roll, and foil included. Check.

The Sausage Guy. David Littlefield sells hefty and reasonably priced (for Fenway) sweet Italian sausages, and he loads them up with a nice amount of peppers and onions. Good and messy as it should be. Look for the small blue kiosk in front of Cask -N- Flagon.

And he’s open well into the evening, just in case you’re hungry after the game and have a few bucks left.

 

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You need only dodge traffic to get there.

Tasty Burger. The chain of burger and beer joints serves up burgers inside of Fenway, but there’s a location on the corner of Jersey Street and Boylston Street, just a block from the ballpark (it’s close enough that they can charge $50 to park there). The restaurant itself is cheaper…and the selection of burgers is much, much better.

That’s just three great choices if you want to bring food into Fenway Park and save a few bucks.

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