7/8/2011 3:36 PM ET|
5 ballparks that will ding your wallet
Tickets, parking, food and drinks, souvenirs -- the price of going to a Major League baseball game can really add up. Here are the 5 most expensive ballparks, and some tips for cutting costs.
The next time someone serenades you to take them out to the ballgame, maybe ask them to choose between peanuts and Cracker Jack.
A recent report shows some Major League Baseball parks will cost a pretty penny for that unrivaled experience of spending a warm evening at the yard this season. Many parks remain one of the better bargains in town, but the pastime isn't exactly cheap.
The San Francisco Giants have sold 7,000 season tickets since their World Series win last fall, and despite that decreased ticket supply in AT&T Park, they can still be an affordable draw.
"Winning the World Series doesn't mean you can go crazy," said Russ Stanley, managing vice president, ticket sales and services, for the Giants. "We spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out what the price is on all of our tickets."
If you live in a major market with a marquee stadium though, baseball is likely going to be a hot ticket.
A typical visit to a Major League park in 2011 will set fans back $197.35, according to Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing firm that surveyed all 30 Major League clubs on fan costs at the start of the season.
The figure is based on the Fan Cost Index, which takes into account: four adult tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular hot dogs, two programs, two of the least expensive adjustable hats and parking for one car.
So which ballparks are the most expensive this season?
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox
- Beer: $7.25
- Hot dog: $4.50
- Baseball hat: $20
Remember when the Boston Red Sox were those lovable losers, all quaint and nostalgic, if only they could get that elusive championship? Me, neither.
Two World Series wins in the last seven years and a national memorabilia-wearing mass that makes the Red Sox hat like this decade's cargo shorts will do that. It will also help make Fenway Park in Boston the most expensive park experience in the country on average.
Nostalgia certainly plays a major role as well, as that is something Fenway will arguably always lead the majors in. It is the oldest park in the big leagues and will mark its 100th birthday next season.
The average admission into this baseball shrine is $53.38, and a fun game to play during a slow inning is figuring out exactly how much you paid per inch of leg room (hint: a lot). The real kicker is the Fan Cost Index for Fenway, which leads the league at just more than $339 and is probably a bit more than you were planning on spending for your "Field of Dreams" re-enactment tour.
According to Team Marketing Report, Fenway also leads the league in beer and cap prices and is second in parking -- $27.
Once the cost is stomached, there is something very surreal about looking out at the Green Monster for the first time and feeling how intimate a baseball game can feel in a down-home park filled with the faithful, new or old. It's not cheap, but for fans of any team and baseball purists, many would argue that it's worth every penny. Or Benjamin.
Play-ball tip: Hit the bars before game time; Fenway has the highest average beer price in the majors -- $7.25.
Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees
- Beer: $6
- Hot dog: $3
- Baseball hat: $25
Speaking of history lessons, "The House that Ruth Built" got a 21st-century take with the new Yankee Stadium, now in its third season and carrying every bit of colossal clout that the original impressed on fans through the generations.
Whether fans love the New York Yankees, hate the Yankees or despise the Yankees, there really is no getting around that this stadium is baseball's mecca.
The stadium's goods include the largest high-definition screen in sports in center field (103 feet by 58 feet), its timeless white lattice, and its own hall of fame which practically rivals the actual hall of fame. Do all these things merit spending $338 on a visit? Yep, that's the Yankee Stadium Fan Cost Index, or what you and your crew should expect to spend in order to experience all of this baseball glory while watching the most iconic team in American sports.
The average premium seat is priced to befit a palace, at $312.11.
You'd be excused if you expected the price to include a personal meet and greet with A-Rod or a Derek Jeter cameo on your city softball team. The inability to pen Jeter in at cleanup behind "Uncle Joe" hasn't seemed to stop the throngs of every baseball stripe from taking in that Americana experience of baseball at Yankee Stadium, no matter the cost.
More than 3.7 million fans made the trip last season, and if there's some financial solace for fans in 2011, it's that the average ticket price (excluding premium seats) of $51.83 is the same as last year.
Play-ball tip: Take public transportation. The average parking price is $35.
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This was my Yankees experience: $75 each ticket, $12.00 for a Heineken $9.50 for a Miller lite, around $8-9 for a hotdog. I wish they would tell the truth when they wrote this article. I was in Miami last moth and it was basically free to watch a Marlins game. I am a huge. Huge, huge Yankee fan but c’mon I’m not rich and this does not even cover my train ride from Jersey which was a whooping $25 round trip.
These prices are the norm everywhere including Safeco Field in Seattle. Don't see why they think these ballparks are any different. They evidently didn't do their homework. You can see better shows for less like Circ Desolie (can't spell it), in Vegas and in most cases get alot more entertainment for your money especially if you take someone with you. Paying $4.00 for a bag of peanuts, $9.50 for a locally brewed beer and $10.00 for a sandwich (basically $25.00 you could have used for a really fine meal), really irks me! I think boycotts really are the way to go.
My family doesn't go to ball parks anymore...they out priced me...
For that kind of money...can buy rib eye steaks for 4, case of beer and a bottle of whisky with
mixers...stay home, watch on TV, and if still sober....be happy about your savings...!
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