With baseball season fast approaching, many are going to start purchasing their tickets and spending game day at the ballpark. If you’ve ever been to a baseball game, you know how how expensive it can be. Unfortunately, this prevents a lot of people from having the experience of enjoying a game in person. Despite the fact that games can be incredibly expensive, it doesn’t mean you actually have to pay those prices. There are several ways you can see a game in person without completely emptying your wallet.
Buy tickets in person
When you buy tickets online, you pay for processing fees as well as shipping fees, all of which can total up to a big chunk of change. Some box offices also have promotions that they don’t advertise online. If you live close enough to the stadium, head over and get them in person instead of buying online.
Take public transportation
Depending on where you park, you could pay quite a bit of money. For example, parking near Yankee Stadium could cost you $25 and up. This doesn’t even count tolls. Public transportation may be a bit of a hassle with the crowds, but it can be worth it to deal with it for awhile if you save yourself a good amount of money.
Skip the souvenirs
The cost of a simple t-shirt at the game can make your jaw drop. You’re better off waiting until you get home to do an Internet search and see where you can get it for the cheapest price. You’ll also have much more variety of apparel than you would through retailers at the game.
Check out Stub Hub
An acquaintance of mine refuses to buy baseball tickets ahead of time and instead, she opts to always browse Stub Hub the day before and day of a game to get the cheapest tickets possible. She’s gotten some incredible deals and skipped the high prices. Sure there’s a chance you may not get the exact seats you want, but you could just get lucky.
The price of beer at some ballparks isn’t bad, but it’s a different story at quite a few others. For example, in 2012, according to TheStreet.com, the price of a small draft beer was $8 at Marlins Park. Even if you’re paying for yourself only and not someone else as well, you can spend more than $30 right there. The cheapest option is to skip the beer altogether, but really, that’s just not realistic for many. Instead, pregame whether you tailgate or drink at home.
Bring your own food
Have you seen some of the prices of food at ballparks? In 2011, an infographic showed that the most expensive ball park hot dog is $5.11 at Tropicana Field. If you bring food from home, you won’t have to shell out money at the ballpark, won’t have to wait in line at the concession stand and you can eat as much as you can carry without all the extra cost. Not all ballparks allow you to bring food in, but for those that do, the food typically has to be sliced up in a clear plastic bag.
When it comes down to it, it really doesn’t take much to save money at a baseball game. It’s all about doing some research ahead of time and making a few changes to your typical game routine. This could add up to some big bucks over the course of a season, which is especially helpful if you’re saving up for some great seats at a particular game you really want to go to.
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