For many of us, there’s nothing more enjoyable than spending a summer afternoon at the ballpark. But the costs of attending a game can add up quickly. Luckily, it’s not hard to enjoy a baseball game without spending a mound of cash that you didn’t really want to spend.
Tickets for Major League Baseball games can be costly, especially if you’re bringing your family or a large group of friends. To save money on admission, Consumerism Commentary‘s Luke Landes suggests buying tickets from outlets like StubHub, a site where ticketholders offer their extra or unwanted tickets.
Also, if you don’t have a favorite Major League team, consider grabbing tickets to a minor league game. Not only are tickets generally much cheaper than major-league game admission, but minor-league stadiums are more intimate, putting the action on the field within close range of any seat.
Planning on driving to the ballgame? You may want to think twice. Parking at some stadiums can cost up to $40. And then, of course, there’s the potential hassle of dealing with post-game traffic.
Instead, consider taking public transportation to the event, if it’s available, or parking off-site and walking a few blocks to the stadium.
Food and Drink
The price of a simple hot dog or cold beverage at a baseball game is sometimes high enough to make any fan cry foul. But eating with your family and friends before the game, or even bringing your own snacks if at all possible, is a good way to avoid draining your wallet at the concession stand, according to Yahoo! Voices.
It’s all too easy to get caught up in the spirit of the game and buy a team jersey or some other memorabilia between innings. But if you’re looking to avoid spending too much money at a Major League game, you should probably skip the souvenir store altogether. Most of these stores are only allowed to sell MLB-licensed products, which are generally more expensive than what you’d find elsewhere. If your kids desperately want a piece of the game to take home, get to the park early, and ask players for autographs. They’re free — and much cooler.
How do you avoid spending too much at baseball games? Which team are you rooting for this season?