Take Me Out to the Ballgame

August 22, 2007

in Cheap Activities, Sports, USA

Seth Gitter writes about a bargain of an American professional sport: baseball. A bargain, that is, for fans whose team regularly has bad seasons.

There are plenty of deals to be had at major league ball parks. Granted if your favorite team is the Red Sox or Yankees your [sic] less likely to find deals. I have been to several Nationals games for only $5. Several teams have promotions. Like for $15 in Baltimore on Thursday nights you get a seat and a Boog Powell BBQ sandwich. In Milwaukee you can get free tickets by filling your tank at BP. Even when my wife and I wanted to go Dodger Stadium on father’s day against their inter-league rival the Angles [sic], I found tickets for $25 on Ebay. . . . Nationals, Brewers, and Orioles tickets are cheap. Red Sox and Yankee tickets are more expensive. The first set of teams have [sic] not been playing well over the last decade, the second has. Generally as teams do better they get more fans and they raise ticket prices.

As far as professional sporting events go, $5 or even FREE is unheard of. Heck, that’s cheaper than a first-run film and many museums even.

So if your local team (or that of the city you’re visiting) is a loser, maybe now is the best time to get into the game! You can, of course, always root for the other team. . .

For more cheap tickets in major-league baseball and a short rundown of bargain seating areas, check here.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gary BUTTERWORTH 10.19.07 at 4:53 am

Good post. :-)
I can’t think of any better way to travel than for sports. Sports stadiums are almost always “off the beaten path” of other tourists, and they are a great way to interact with locals, try local food, and experience local culture in an authentic way.

In addition to Major League Baseball, the US has an elaborate system of Minor League Baseball. These minor league teams would be called “Reserve teams” in Europe, but they are generally viewed as more prestigious. They are usually located in cities that aren’t big enough to support a Major Leage team, and they often play an important role in the culture of smaller cities. It’s true “Americana.”

Here is a map of most of the Minor League teams in the US:

An average minor league game might attract 4000 or 5000 fans. The very smallest teams might only draw 1000 or so people, while the largest minor league teams might attract 10000 fans or more. And tickets generally cost $10 or less. I’ve been to some games at the highest minor league level for $4!

The quality of play isn’t as good as the majors, but it’s not bad at all.

Personally, I prefer minor league games to major league games. :-)

2 poetloverrebelspy 10.19.07 at 9:49 am

Thanks for the quality comment!

I have, in fact, only been to two baseball games in my entire life: one major-, one minor league. I too should have given props to the “local” team. Thanks for correcting the oversight.

Further down on the amateur scale, I know many people who follow high school athletics, not because they have anyone on the team, but because the games are always unpredictable and the kids play with heart. While some schools charge admission to games, many don’t.

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