Attending a Major League baseball game should be a fun event for all fans. A little bit of research ahead of time in regard to tickets, parking, seat locations, etc. can be very beneficial.
Here are 10 tips to help fans have an enjoyable experience at a Major League Baseball game:
1. Be aware of the parking options available. At ballparks where parking is limited, there are some parking lots which will block cars in the lot. This means that cars can’t out of the lot until all of the owners of the cars have moved their car. This is quite common around Wrigley Field in Chicago. It is also helpful to park in a surface lot rather than a parking garage. It is much faster to get out of a small surface parking lot after a game than a parking garage which generally holds more cars.
2. Consider mass transit. Taking mass transit can prevent you from suffering through traffic headaches getting to or leaving the game.
3. Arrive Early. There are so many reasons why arriving early can make for a better experience at a game. If tailgating is permitted, arriving early allows time for grilling up your own food and socializing with your fellow fans. Miller Park in Milwaukee has one of the best tailgating experiences in the Majors. In addition to tailgating, many ballparks’ gates open two hours before game time. This means you have plenty of time to check out the sites inside the stadium. Some stadiums have museums, statues, hall of fames, etc. that you will want to check out. Some Major League ballparks offer a discount on concessions for the first hour that gates are open. Also, getting food before the game is much faster. Once the game starts, the lines for concessions tend to be quite lengthy, causing fans to miss a significant amount of the game.
4. Check the location of your seat ahead of time. Before heading out to the ballpark, go to the team’s official website and find your seat using the seating diagram. This way you have a general idea of where you are sitting. It is very bothersome to other spectators when fans are sitting in the wrong seat and have to be moved by an usher.
5. Make sure your ticket allows access to all levels/areas of the ballpark. For example, at Dodger Stadium you are confined to the level of your seat location. Therefore, you can’t explore other areas of the ballpark. If you are going to a ballpark that does not allow fans access to all levels, make sure you choose your level wisely. Also, in some ballparks, bleacher seat ticket holders do not have access to the rest of the ballpark.
6. Choose seat wisely when purchasing tickets. Sometimes an aisle seat is not always the best. Being on the end of a seating row often means you are getting up many times to let fans in your row out to the concourse. It can also mean that you are constantly paying the vendor with money that has been passed down to you from fans sitting in the middle of the row.
7. Check if bottled water or food is allowed to be brought into the stadium. Many ballparks allow you to bring in a sealed 16 oz. bottle of water. This can save you a lot of money especially on a hot day. You can even refill your bottle at a water fountain throughout the game. In some cases, fans can bring food into the ballpark as long as it is in a clear plastic bag. Check your team’s official website for details.
8. Dress appropriately. Temperatures can drop quickly in night games. It is definitely not enjoyable to sit at a game if you are chilly.
9. Pay attention. Foul balls and broken bats can often enter into the stands at high speeds. Paying attention to the game is not just because of safety reasons but the game itself is more interesting if you know what is going on in the game. Keeping score at the game is a great way to stay focused and alert.
10. Bring a GPS. Often times when exiting a parking lot or garage, police direct you only in one direction and in most cases it ends up being the direction you don’t want to go in. A GPS will help you find your way home when you are directed out of a parking lot in an undesirable direction.
Keep these tips in mind the next time you are planning a trip to a Major League game. For even more information about your favorite Major League ballpark, read the “A to Z Guide” on the team’s official website. This is a fantastic resource for first-timers at a particular stadium.
Enjoy the game!