Keeping Costs Down
It makes me so mad when people complain about how expensive the new ballpark is. OF COURSE a family of four could easily spend over $200 at the ballpark. But if a family of four is spending that much money at the ballpark, they're looking at baseball all wrong.
Baseball is not Disney. Don't think of it as a big, momentous occasion you have to make the most of by buying three meals per person in a 2 Â½ hour period; buying all the souvenirs; or getting wasted on premium, $8 beers.
Baseball gives us 81 home games a year. There's plenty of time to pace yourselves. You don't need to spend that much money. In fact, I prefer that you didn't. I'd rather you spend less and come to more games.
First off, quit paying the ridiculous fees to Tickets.com. Jesus (my co-worker, not the Messiah) just paid $25 in fees for 6 tickets. I gave him a stern talking to as well.
You don't need to pay these fees. Go to the gate on gameday and get a $5 or $10 ticket at the window. The seats are great. And while you're there look ahead. If you know there's another premium, big-draw, probable-sell-out game you want to go to, get those tickets while you're there and avoid those fees.
It is very, very easy for a trip to the ballgame to cost the same as, or even less than, going to a movie. Bring water to drink. Eat before you go. Or bring a sandwich with you. Go to promotion days and get free souvenirs. Take the free mini-programs they're giving away now, with scorecards included. There are plenty of options to choose from for keeping your costs down.
Most of us have finite dollars coming in. And we all have our priorities at the ballpark, whether it's building bears, drinking premium beer, or buying batting practice jerseys.
You can still get a treat that's important to your ballgame experience, but you don't have to do it all in one game. There's time, people. Pick one treat per game, keep your costs manageable, and Go. More. Often.
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