Miller Park With Kids – 3 Things To Know

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Miller Park With Kids – 3 Things To Know

Posted by Kurt Smith

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If you’re a parent, you really should visit Miller Park with kids; it’s one of the most kid-friendly ballparks in baseball, and the Brewers do a lot to bring in young fans.

Here’s just a few things you should know…

 

Miller park with kids club

Kids get to do all the cool stuff.

Miller Park With Kids, Tip #1) Join The Club. The Brew Crew, like most teams, go after the young ones early with a Kids Club. For a very reasonable fee, your kid gets six ticket vouchers in the Terrace Reserved seats, good for most weekday games. It’s great if you plan to take the little one to Miller a few times. (And they’ll probably want to go back.)

The young one also gets a lanyard, a water bottle, a wallet to hold all that money he’s saving on tickets, and a poster, not to mention all of the exclusive stuff like be in a pregame parade, tour the ballpark, and get a picture with the racing sausages. Not a bad deal at all.

It’s very popular, so get on it well before spring training starts.

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miller park with kids playground

It gets much more crowded when the Sausages hang out.

Miller Park With Kids, Tip #2) Three Play Areas. On the Field Level at Miller is the U.S. Cellular Power Playground, where kids can participate in a race to first base or a small scale Sausage Race, sit in a huge glove or mock-up dugout for a photo, or use the pitching and batting cage. It will definitely keep the little ones occupied for a while.

On the Terrace Level is Bernie Brewer’s Clubhouse, an equally fun play and concession area full of padded stuff for smaller kids. It’s a hike to get there, but if you’re using your Terrace seats from the club you’ll be on that level already.

Outside of the ballpark there is a playground at Helfaer Field too, so the kids can burn off a bunch of energy while you’re waiting for the gates to open.

With all of these places to play here, they might actually want to sit in their seats for the game afterward!

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miller park with kids run the bases

Sometimes turning 17 isn’t all that great.

Miller Park With Kids, Tip #3) Kid Promotions. The Brewers also run frequent promotions for kids; they can run the bases on Sundays, get autographs from a Brewers player on certain dates, or have their birthday celebration at the game. If you want to run the bases, sitting on the first base side puts you closer to the line.

There are contests to be an announcer for an inning, or pose on the field with a Brewer, listed on the Brewers website. These promotions are popular, so you should hop on them early.

 

One last thing: when a Brewer hits a home run, poke the kid and tell him to look up to Bernie’s Terrace in upper left field, where Bernie will slide down into the lower terrace. Everyone loves it.

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4 Ways to Score Cheap Brewers Tickets

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The Brewers are more fan-friendly than most baseball teams, even when they’re in the hunt for a pennant. Here’s a few ways to score some cheap Brewers tickets. Notice that my first suggestion is to go through the team…I don’t say that often.

 

cheap brewers tickets team newsletter

The Brewers have a lot of partner promotions too. Everyone loves them in this town.

Cheap Brewers Tickets, Tip #1) Get The Team Newsletter. The Brewers offer a lot of specials in their e-mail promotions, even for a ballpark that already has a bunch of cheap seats.

The Brewers offer discounted tickets for students, kids, seniors, first responders, and more, and they have quite a few discounted ticket days like their “5 County Fridays”. They often waive ticket fees for a short time, and that’s not a small chunk of savings.

Their e-mail newsletter will remind you of these things, and many of them are popular and limited to availability, so jump on them quickly. Sign up here. You’ll thank me.

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cheap brewers tickets cloudy days

Don’t worry if it’s a little cloudy. No rainouts, remember?

Cheap Brewers Tickets, Tip #2: Be Flexible. If you’re not picky about which game to attend, click on the Dynamic Deals link in the ticketing section to see what the best ongoing offers are at that time.

Check for flash sales too on the Brewers’ website; the Brewers offer Terrace tickets for almost nothing at times. (This will also likely be in the newsletter, but you can check the website first.)

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As you can see, it’s not difficult to persuade people to go to a Brewers game.

Cheap Brewers Tickets, Tip #3: Bring Your Friends. Milwaukee folks love to attend games in numbers, and the Brewers appreciate that. Groups can get tickets for crazy discounts on certain nights, and group leaders will receive a voucher for two free tickets in an e-mail with another couple if they can bring 100 folks.

The larger the group, the bigger the discount, so summon all your game-selling skills to your co-workers (it shouldn’t be too hard in this town); the savings can be huge.

 

cheap brewers tickets community

They give you chances to win money during the game too.

Cheap Brewers Tickets, Tip #4: Help Your Fellow Milwaukeean. The Brewers have several ways to score tickets helping out your fellow Brew Crew fan; look for them in the “Community” section of the team website. You could win tickets by participating in any of several marathon runs or other programs.

On their website, there is also a link called “Brewers Buddies Ticket Requests”. The team will donate tickets to charitable organizations, so if you’re part of one, send in a request for tickets on your charity’s letterhead. You deserve it!

 

Those are just a few ways to score deals on Brewers tickets; there’s other ways to save some bucks at the ballpark too. Stay tuned.

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3 Miller Park Seating Tips

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Miller Park has an impressive seating bowl, with four whole tiers of seating. I talk about cheaper seats elsewhere, but here’s three Miller Park seating tips for the lower levels.

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miller park seating tips lower level

Improve your chances of catching a foul while the tailgate continues…

Miller Park Seating Tips, #1) Field Level. The lowest level seats at Miller have a low slope, but the view is just fine. The seats closer to the outfield are angled towards second base for less neck strain. All the seats between the bases cost the same; you have to get close to the corners to see a price drop.

The first five or so rows of each Infield section is considered Diamond Box, and command a significantly higher price. So if you want one of the better seats, try a third party seller like SeatGeek.

The Field Box seats, like most all seats at Miller, are surprisingly reasonable in today’s baseball climate. There are some 25-26 rows in most sections.

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miller park seating tips loge level

A well-populated section of Brewers fans. Good place to be.

Miller Park Seating Tips, #2) Loge Level. The Loge section is the second tier, from foul pole to foul pole, and follows the same pricing pattern as Field Box; infield and outfield seats, and the lower row seats are Diamond seats. The price disparity isn’t as large here though.

Loge seats can be the best value in the ballpark. In many ballparks the second tier is the suite or club level, but at Miller they’re for the common folk and are physically only slightly higher than field level. Great view for the price, especially on bargain nights.

The higher rows of Loge Box seats can suffer from view problems with the overhang of the Club Level; generally about the 18th row up might give you problems seeing the scoreboard.

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miller park seating tips club level

I half expect to hear cartoon music using these.

Miller Park Seating Tips, #3) Club Level. The Club Level is the third tier above the Loge Level and are fairly high up for premium seats. The seats there cost a bit more, but you have access to the climate-controlled, carpeted Club Level concourse, which is nice on a cold (or hot) day. You’ll also have access to the huge SKYY Lounge on the Club Level, overlooking Helfaer Field.

There are plenty of deluxe (for a ballpark) food options—carveries and stations for pasta, burgers and stir-fry foods to choose from. In the infield seats you can request waitress service.

Getting to the Club Level is an adventure; you can use either the escalator that finds its way up through a maze of impressive structure, or use the clock tower elevator next to the front entrance. Should you land a Club Level ticket, it’ll be helpful to have it within easy reach, since the Brewers are big on ushers checking tickets at this level.

The Club probably isn’t the best place for families; they don’t have the playgrounds that the lower concourse has, and the kids might not enjoy it as much. Better to save this one for a client or a date.

 

There you go; three levels of Miller Park seating for those of discriminating tastes. You can always save a few bucks with the cheap seats though…there’s plenty of them here.

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Cheap Seats at Progressive Field

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For folks and families on a budget, you have plenty of options for cheap seats at Progressive Field. Here are three suggestions from Ballpark E-Guides…all of these sections have their advantages and disadvantages, so pick what works for you.

 

cheap seats at progressive field view box

Stay warm in the lower seats.

Cheap Seats at Progressive Field, #1) View Box/Upper Box. With the deals to be had on Tribe tickets, you’re probably better off seeking View Box or Upper Box than Upper Reserved. The price difference between Upper Box and Upper Reserved isn’t much, although View Box can cost a chunk more. (It’s worth it for the ease of getting to the concourse).

The upper level at the Prog is pushed up pretty high by the three levels of suite seating, and is steeper than you’d probably like, especially in Upper Reserved sections. It can also be considerably cooler up there…dress warm.

All that said, these are still among my favorite seats here for one great reason: the stunning view of the Cleveland skyline and the Big Board, especially from first base side. If you like big scoreboards and city views at the ballpark, the upper level in Cleveland offers one of the best.

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cheap seats at progressive field bleachers

Featuring backs with assigned numbers for less cheek sharing!

Cheap Seats at Progressive Field, #2) The Bleachers. The bleacher benches are among the dirt cheapest seats in the ballpark, and they’re fairly popular. The Indians even sell some season tickets here…but if you’re going to sit on these benches 81 nights a year you should probably bring a cushion.

The benches have backs and aren’t too uncomfortable, and the view isn’t bad save for missing some of left field. You are facing away from the Big Board here, though, and that’s one of the Prog’s more striking visual features.

The bleachers are also, of course, where you’ll find John Adams, the Tribe fan that has been carrying his big bass drum to Indians games since 1973. John’s a nice fellow; introduce yourself and he’ll chat with you when he’s not pounding the skins.

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cheap seats at progressive field district ticket

Life at the Corner. It’s pretty hopping.

Cheap Seats at Progressive Field, #3: The Corner Standing Room. OK, I know it’s not technically “seating”, but the very inexpensive “District Ticket” includes a drink, and The Corner is a terrific standing spot. There are lots of drink rails to lean on and a multi-level bar, with a wide selection of great craft beers.

The upper level in the Corner has sofas and a fire pit, making it a great spot for those chilly April Cleveland nights; if you’re single it’s not a bad place to meet a fellow single Tribe fan.

One very important caveat though…at dusk the sun will be directly in your eyes. Might want to hang out at the drink rails in left field for the first inning or so.

There you go…some cheap seats at Progressive Field for fans on a budget. If you’re spending a few extra bucks, try taking a look at these.

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Progressive Field Seating (For Larger Budgets)

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The Progressive Field seating chart has everything from dugout suites to bleachers and loads of party areas. But if you’ve got a few extra bucks to spend on seats, check these out…

 

Progressive Field seating dugout suites

I don’t know if you can ride the wagon to your seats, but that would be pretty cool.

Progressive Field Seating, Ginormous Budget: The Dugout Suites. Yes, those are fans sitting behind that screen that you see on TV during Indians games. It’s just like sitting in the dugout, except without the water coolers.

You need to be of considerable means to get one of these…they’re for mostly groups and I believe you can order them for individual games. You do get all of the suite amenities, which of course includes a private restroom, complimentary food and in-seat wait service. And three parking passes for your group. I saw it during a tour of the ballpark…the field level view is pretty amazing.

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progressive field seating home plate club

Indoors is often a great place to be in Cleveland, especially in April.

Progressive Field Seating, Big Budget: Field Box. The Field Box seats aren’t the top level seats; they’re the lower level seats that are found behind the Diamond Box seats. If you search for these on SeatGeek for an April game, you could find a very nice deal.

They’re mostly great seats to begin with, but a Field Box seat season ticket holder (and I presume, anyone who buys a third party ticket on SeatGeek from one) has access to that swanky new Home Plate Club, which features a full bar and some of the hot new Cleveland-based food items that the Indians have added to the Progressive menu.

The Home Plate Club is climate-controlled, which is no small thing here, and presumably lines for food wouldn’t be as long.

One caveat about Field Box though…avoid the “Field Box Back” or even “Field Box Middle” on the first base side…these seats are below the overhang of the Club Level, which blocks the view of the impressive scoreboard if you’re high enough. Plus being in the shade in April isn’t fun.

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progressive field seating club seats

You can almost have that end section for yourself.

Progressive Field Seating, Medium Budget: The Club Seats. With the price of food at the game being what it is, often fans will go for an all you can eat deal that teams offer. In most places, this means generic ballpark food in the worst seats in the ballpark.

But in Cleveland, you can get a nice inclusive deal. Club seating here is a better value than at most ballparks.

The club seats in Progressive are fantastic seats: they are close to the field on the first base side, with a boffo view of the impressive scoreboard and the Cleveland skyline, not to mention the plays at first base.

They also have access to the Club Lounge, with food and non-alcoholic drinks included in the ticket. The food is a class above the basic undersized hot dog and nacho cheese sauce; there are pasta, stir-fry and carving stations, salads, and a chef’s action station with a changing menu. You could get your money’s worth on that.

All this in a comfortable climate-controlled area—again, no small thing in April in Cleveland. April’s a good month to try this out, in fact…you may find some pretty good deals on SeatGeek.

That’s three tips for Indians seating, but there’s a lot to know about all of the seats at the Prog. If you’re interested in getting in on the cheap, you have some perfectly nice choices. Stay tuned.

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Citizens Bank Park With Kids – 3 Tips

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You could do worse as a parent than a game at Citizens Bank Park with kids. There’s a lot for them to do, and they can burn off a lot of energy before the game.

Here are three of my favorite reasons to take my little ones to the Bank:

 

citizens bank park with kids the yard

“Get your head in the game, kid!”

Citizens Bank Park With Kids, Tip #1) The Yard. New as of 2018 is a very cool field, called the Yard. It’s an artificial turf (normally frowned upon in baseball, but probably a good idea here) wiffle ball field that’s made to look like a miniature Citizens Bank Park. And it’s got a short porch in left…if you get a hold of one, you can easily reach the scoreboard with it!

You have to wait in line to get your licks at the plate, but the kids can play in the field as much as they like. It’s a great opportunity to teach your child the value of strong defense up the middle.

The Yard gets crowded pretty fast, so try to get there when the Left Field gates open (a half hour before the rest of the gates).

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citizens bank park with kids phun zone

What a sad day it is when we turn too old for these.

Citizens Bank Park With Kids, Tip #2) The Phanatic Phun Zone. The Phun Zone is a favorite spot for my little ones…and with good reason. It’s a truly intricate habitrail, much better than the ones at your typical Chuck E. Cheese outpost. There are some pretty high slides on this thing. Kids can also pretend to operate a concession stand, and get started young living the dream of being a ballpark concession worker.

The nice thing about the Phun Zone is that’s there’s only one way in and out, so parents can relax a little bit. Most of the area is soft and padded. Just keep an eye on the entrance and let the kids go bat guano in a very cool play area.

 

citizens bank park with kids discounts

In a clubhouse store this majestic, you can always use discounts.

Citizens Bank Park With Kids, Tip #3) Discounted Stuff. The Phillies have a Phanatic Phood stand next to the Yard, and a Kids Corner concession stand on the upper level. Both have smaller-sized kids’ hot dogs and PB&J sandwiches at lesser prices, a nice thing for frugal parents. (Remember, you can bring in your own food, too.)

If your kid would like some cool gear and souvenirs, the Junior Phillies Club membership costs just a few bucks and includes a cinch bag, a water bottle, a poster and discounts on tickets and merchandise. The Phillies don’t have many “run the bases” days, but the fan club offers front of the line access for it, and that’s well worth it if it’s in your plans.

Remember too that you can get a $1 hot dog during “Alley Hour” at the concession stand, underneath the left field scoreboard, before the rest of the gates open. That’s a hike from the Yard though.

There’s a few things you should know as a parent bringing little ones to a Phillies game. And don’t forget to point out the Phanatic to them.

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3 More PNC Park Food Options

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Like most ballparks these days, PNC Park in Pittsburgh has some great samples of local flavors…I’ve talked about the Primanti Bros. sandwich and BRGR stuff here and PNC has several attached restaurants too. But they’re hardly your only choices…here’s a few more great PNC Park food options:

 

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BBQ sliders, beans, slaw, and a handshake from a Pirates great.

PNC Park Food Options, #1) Manny’s BBQ Platters. Longtime Bucs fans of course remember Manny Sanguillen, the star catcher of the great 1970s Pirates teams. Today Manny sits behind the counter and signs autographs for people patronizing his BBQ stand, like Boog Powell does in Baltimore.

Manny’s is located in the Riverwalk area in center field. Their burgers are grilled on smokers in full view behind the counter and across the aisle. You’ll love the smell. Loaded burgers especially get good reviews, and the platters with beans and slaw offer decent bang for your ballpark buck.

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best ballpark in baseball pulled pork pierogi stacker

Anyone want my extra pierogi?

PNC Park Food Options, #2) The Pulled Pork Pierogi Stacker. Manny’s (and the Familee BBQ stand in Pops Plaza) is also home to the Pierogi Stacker, which was pulled pork with onion relish, barbecue sauce and pierogies—yes, pierogies—piled on it and sandwiched between two soft pretzel rolls. It’s vintage Pittsburgh.

Such a sandwich would probably require a fork and napkins to eat, and it’s probably not the healthiest thing, but who cares. At least you’re not likely to be hungry afterward.

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pnc park food options menchies yogurt

Well worth the sugar crash afterward.

PNC Park Food Options, #3) Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Menchie’s frozen yogurt is pretty popular; the chain has locations all over the world. And one in PNC Park.

The PNC outpost almost looks like you can help yourself (but no, it’s not free); pick a cone or a cup, fill it with vanilla or chocolate yogurt and then top it with a great selection of toppings including Reese’s pieces and crushed Oreos.

This is probably the fanciest dessert item outside of the Club areas; and the yogurt is kosher and gluten-free as they point out. I’ve tried Menchie’s and it’s awesome, especially for the price…highly recommended for dessert at PNC.

 

There you go…now you have more of an idea what you can eat at the Pirates game. Stay tuned, I’ll share more…

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The Best Way To Get To PNC Park (Without A Car)

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One very cool thing about PNC Park in Pittsburgh is that because of its location, you have a choice of not just the free downtown buses and light rail (I talk a little bit about that here), but also some fun, romantic and greener ways to arrive at a Pirates game. For the best way to get to PNC Park without a car, check out one of these choices…

 

best way to get to pnc park gateway clipper

“And folks, if you look to your left, you’ll see…oh wait, here we are!”

Best way to get to PNC Park, #1) The Gateway Clipper. The Gateway Clipper folks have a fleet of inland riverboats that run folks from Station Square to the outfield entrance of PNC Park. The fee is reasonable and free for kids under 6. You can usually park in the West Lot at Station Square cheaply, so long as there isn’t a special event going on.

Clippers begin carrying passengers over two hours before the game starts, and begins return trips in the 7th inning until a half hour after the game (or ½ hour after postgame fireworks or kids running bases). The lines for the return trip can get long afterwards, so be prepared.

The Clipper is a fun and novel way to get to or from a ballgame; it’s also a cool romantic thing if you’re so inclined. Station Square is a happening spot, with stores, restaurants and hotels and a railroad car that can take you up the Monongahela Incline for a spectacular view of Pittsburgh.

Just try to get on the earliest boat, because they’ll sometimes wait until a boat is full before sending it, and this has made people late for games in the past.

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best way to get to pnc park pittsburgh water limo

Marketing fail: website address should always be dockside!

Best way to get to PNC Park, #2) Pittsburgh Water Limo. Coming from the Strip District area (east of the ballpark on the North Shore), Pittsburgh Luxury Cruises rows boatfuls of fans to Pirates games on weekends.

Prices are reasonable, and you can park for free or inexpensively at the Lockwall One Marina. Reservations are recommended; it only holds 49.

Three boat rides run a half hour apart starting 65 minutes before each game; boats start returning passengers to the marina starting at the 7th inning stretch and continuing a half hour after the game. They’ll also run boats after fireworks or a concert.

As if all that wasn’t cool enough, you can buy a beer or glass of wine on the boat, and probably cheaper than it would be inside the ballpark.

The Strip District is another happening part of Pittsburgh with eateries and nightlife. If you’re doing the whole ‘Burgh experience you can have breakfast at Deluca’s, ride a boat on the Allegheny and take in a Pirates game. Great for romantic outings if your other can stand baseball (and even my wife can do that in Pittsburgh).

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best way to get to pnc park bicycle

Featuring a solar-powered station, for further carbon footprint reduction with your baseball!

Best way to get to PNC Park, #3) Ride your bicycle (or rent one). PNC Park isn’t a bad ballpark to two-wheel it; there are bicycle paths near the park, including a scenic route along the waterfront. Cyclists can use any of the bridges that connect the North Shore to Everywhere Else in Pittsburgh except for the I-579 Veterans Bridge. There are ample bicycle racks on Federal Street on the east side of the ballpark.

An organization called Bike Pittsburgh features a map of trails and dedicated bicycle lanes in the city on their website. If you’re using a car/bicycle combination, Bike Pittsburgh suggests parking for free at Washington’s Landing north in the Allegheny and using the North Shore Trail straight to the park.

You also have bicycle rental options in Pittsburgh; for a small fee, Healthy Ride bikeshare members can take a bike from various stations throughout the city and return it to another station.

Healthy Ride a few stations close to PNC; one is right at the ballpark at Federal and Isabella. You could also use the station on the North Shore Trail, a very pleasant ride along the waterfront, or Fort Duquesne and 7th if you’d like to walk across the Clemente Bridge for the amazing view.

From what I’ve read in reviews of Healthy Ride, which weren’t always flattering, it’s definitely a good idea to get everything set up as far as accounts and such before trying this.

 

best way to get to pnc park pedicab

Nothing like having the right of way in downtown.

Best way to get to PNC Park, #4) Take a rickshaw. For a novel way to avoid traffic, save gas, and be eco-friendly, Green Gears Pedicabs will pedal you in a bicycle rickshaw to PNC Park and back from most downtown locations. Just call them and tell them where you are, and they’ll send one.

You can even bring a reasonable amount of cargo, and the nice part is that you don’t have to wait for the driver on the phone in front of you to get moving.

Up to three can ride in a Pedicab, and the price is fairly reasonable for the experience (parking would be cheaper, but just saying), although they would probably like you to tip.

 

Baseball fans talk glowingly about the view in PNC Park, and rightly so, but I consider the multiple ways to arrive at the place a great plus too. For your next visit to PNC, try an unusual way to get there and experience more of a great city.

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3 PNC Park Seating Tips

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It’s hard to go wrong with any seats at PNC Park…you’re going to have a pretty sweet view in any direction wherever you sit. But some spots are better than others. I talk a bit about finding cheaper tickets here and splurging on club seats here, but if you don’t plan to shell out extra cash, here’s a few more PNC Park seating tips.

 

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Well worth taking in the view even after the game.

PNC Park Seating Tips, #1) Infield/Outfield Box. The lower level of seating at PNC isn’t too rough on the wallet as these seats go. The third base side might be preferable for the overall view (especially on fireworks nights), but you’ll be very happy with any seat that’s not in the corners.

Outfield Box Sections 107 and 127 especially cost much less than seats just one section over, but if you can get Infield Box close to home plate, go for it. Infield Box seats are priced the same all the way out to just beyond the infield dirt, so it’s a good deal if you can swing it.

Manny’s BBQ excepted, the lower level concourse has the best food choices at PNC Park, like the Primanti Bros. sandwich and the Abso-Bac’N-Lutely Burger…you can read about those here.

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Watch boats go by on the Allegheny at no extra charge.

PNC Park Seating Tips, #2) Infield/Outfield Grandstand. The panoramic view from the upper level Grandstand is truly impressive…probably the best in baseball. There’s also some sweet views of the rivers and bridges from the right field concourse.

But it’s pretty good for watching baseball, too. Upper level seats are closer to the field than in most ballparks, and they’re very affordable, including discounted tickets for kids as I write this. I wouldn’t get too far in the outfield though…like any ballpark, you can still be pretty far away from the action.

One caveat: watch for obstructed views from glass landings. On the Pirates 3-D seating map, you can see which sections have landings (313, 315, etc.). It’s not terrible, but I’d avoid Rows H-K in those sections.

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Some Pirates fans come to see a ballgame, not a river view.

PNC Park Seating Tips, #3) Bleachers/Outfield Seats. Outfield Reserved seats in right field are cheap and have a fun atmosphere, but they doesn’t offer much in the way of a panoramic photo-op. It’s probably the only spot from which this ballpark’s view won’t wow you.

The Bleachers in left field offer a better overall view and are closer, but unlike Outfield Reserved seats, they’re hard metal benches and can be uncomfortable. No shame in bringing a cushion. The bleachers are also in front of the big scoreboard, so you’d be missing out on pierogi races or whatever if that matters.

One thing making the Bleachers preferable to Outfield Reserved is their proximity to the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge and the shaded Block House Corner under the rotunda, so it’s easy to grab a snack or craft brew and escape the elements. Millennials like that kind of stuff.

On a hot sunny day you will definitely bake sitting in outfield seats; bring a hat and sunscreen. I speak from experience.

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Citi Field Seating – 3 Useful Tips

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The Citi Field seating chart offers something for every price range and style. Spend multiple hundreds on a Delta Club ticket (or get your employer to do it), or spend just a few bucks to get in and sit in the rafters in left field.

Well, ok, don’t do that. The upper left field seats at Citi are awful. But here are three Citi Field seating options for you…for various budgets…and some things you should know about each.

 

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And you thought the Geek Squad cars were cool.

Citi Field Seating, Tip #1) Hyundai Club Seats. If you have the considerable means, Hyundai Club seats are the only tickets that allow you into every club and restaurant in Citi Field, including…wait for it…the Hyundai Club!

Why does that matter? Because the Hyundai Club, as far as I can tell, is the only club in Citi Field where food and non-alcoholic drinks are included in your ticket…you can fill your plate up from hot dog, slider, nacho stations and a chef’s selection (Citi Field has a ridiculous number of chefs). So it’s actually decent grub.

In addition to this, the Hyundai club seats are low and closer to the field at Citi than most ballpark club seats at this price level, especially compared to seats that are just slightly better.

You can get access to all of the clubs except the Hyundai with less expensive Metropolitan Silver seats, but all-inclusive food is well worth the extra few bucks. For high end Citi Field seating, Hyundai Club is probably the best deal.

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Worth the price just for selfie opportunities with Red and Yellow.

Citi Field Seating, Tip #2) The M&M’s Sweet Seats. If you’re bringing a group of 15 or more to a game, you have a bunch of hospitality choices that include complimentary beer if you don’t mind drinking Bud Light. (I do, but that’s just me.) The M&M’s Sweet Seats are one of these spots. This area occupies the spot in left field where the Mets moved the fences in before the 2012 season.

The Citi Pavilion seats in right center are comfortable and phone chargers and whatnot, but the M&M’s Sweet Seats are right on top of the action and offer a view of the scoreboards, which are impressive here. It’s also a great spot to snare a batting practice home run ball, especially with the exclusive access.

It’s well worth it for the complimentary Nathan’s dogs and cookies, and group leaders get free tickets to a future game.

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Clearly designated with signage to make your seats easy to find. If you’re an American, anyway.

Citi Field Seating, Tip #3) The Coca-Cola Corner. Underneath the iconic and animated Coca-Cola sign in right field are the Coca-Cola Corner sections, which are among the cheaper seats at Citi. If you like outfield seating, these are a pretty good deal for several reasons.

First is that there is a separate concessions area…and shorter lines…and this area features cornhole games and other fun stuff for the kids while still offering a view of the field.

Second, Coca-Cola Corner tickets offer some decent club access, including the Foxwoods Club just a few steps away with its Rao’s specialty sandwiches and the Jim Beam Highball Club and its cool grub options.

Finally, there’s a great view from the terrace of the chop shops that go for blocks across the street. This beautiful ballpark is still in Queens.

One thing about these sections though…blinding sun, especially at sunset, and no shade. Bring sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen. You’ll thank me.

Those are just three options for Citi Field seating…stay tuned, I’ll be adding more about this…

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3 Yankee Stadium Standing Room Tips

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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Cheap Seats at Yankee Stadium

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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.

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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.

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Progressive Field With Kids – 3 Things To Know

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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:

 

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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.

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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.

But 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.

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Can You Bring Food Into Yankee Stadium?

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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 (read this to choose your parking spot accordingly):

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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3 Citizens Bank Park Seating Tips

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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.

 

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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. (Legal bit: that’s an affiliate link you just passed. Thanks for your support!)

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 Big Board, 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. Stay tuned, I’ve got more…

 

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3 Ways To Score Cheap Phillies Tickets

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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.

 

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Just in case you thought it was “.net”.

Cheap Phillies Tickets, Tip #1) Get E-Mail Alerts. When you subscribe to the Phillies e-mail ticket alerts, you’ll get a bunch of deals in your inbox, especially for Flex Plans that include tickets for high demand games. They’ll let you know about ticket pre-sales, promotions like Dollar Dog Nights, and you may even get a deal for your birthday.

The e-mail alerts will also let you know when you can buy the much-ballyhooed…

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With the screen locked up just in case some 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…for example, if you’re interested in seeing the Cubs, check when they’re in town and see if there’s a pass for that month. Or you can go to a few games if you’re a Nationals or Mets fan and it should pay for itself.

 

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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. They’re also an affiliate, so Ballpark E-Guides earns a commission if you use the links in this post. Thanks for your support.

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 money; but there’s a whole lot of ways to save cash on Phillies tickets, parking and food at Citizens Bank Park. Stay tuned.

 

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3 Brands of Progressive Field Nachos

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If you love nachos with your baseball (and who doesn’t?) the home of the Indians will make you very 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.

 

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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.

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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 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 where you can get 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. The food selection alone at the Prog is worth the price of the ticket.

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3 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 a fan club for kids, but I only see team newsletters for adults…but those newsletters often feature some great deals, so that’s well worth signing up for.

Membership in the fan club includes some gear, a newsletter with discounted ticket offers, and some buy-one-get-one vouchers. 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 stuff 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. It’s only a few bucks, but customers get some other perks too (it used to include discounts at Cheli’s Bar, but since Cheli’s is no more maybe there’s something else). The Tigers will even let you use a separate, line-free entrance. Check with your bank and see if they have other offers…

 

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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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There’s three helpful tips (+1!) for landing some cheap tickets for a game at beautiful Comerica Park in Detroit. Stay tuned, I’ll be posting more ways to save money here…

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4 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 (you might still be able to try it). 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. If you want to know about what to eat inside the ballpark, check out this post.

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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 (and wallet-friendly) ballparks in MLB, and the Reds offer lots of cool 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…and if you want to save money on tickets, check this out.

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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, even for tightwads.

Here’s a bit of my opinion on just three noteworthy sections…

 

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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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See what they did there with the Gap? Better cheap seats!

Great American Ball Park Seating, Tip #3) The Mezzanine. The Mezzanine is what the Reds call the larger 400 level sections that were created as a result of the Gap. Mezzanine seats are almost as close to the field as the Champions Club seats on the first base side, but they are much cheaper, and they have a superb view of the river beyond the outfield.

They don’t include food with your ticket like Club seats do, but you’ll have more than enough money left over with these to enjoy a decent meal in the Machine Room, which is also in the upper level in left field and is also climate controlled. See, I think about this stuff.

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’re going cheap, check out this post.

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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…

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4 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 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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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

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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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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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