7 Ways to Save Money at Baseball Games
Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 11:37 am
So, you’ve gone to the ballgame, and you’re out with the crowd. You’ve bought some peanuts and Cracker Jacks and probably spent a lot of money you’ll never get back. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to root for the home team this summer without spending a fortune. Here are a few suggestions.
How to Save Money at Baseball Games
Go On the Right Days
Check out ticket prices for various games throughout the season. Tickets for weekend games played during the evening will generally cost you more than a weekday afternoon game. The opposing team will also affect ticket prices. If the away team is a well-known rival of your team, or a team that features a hot player, ticket prices will jump.
Research Ticket Prices
When you purchase tickets from a source like Ticketmaster, you’re going to get charged all kinds of random fees. Instead, stop by the stadium and buy tickets directly from the ticket booth. You can also search sites like StubHub or Craigslist for cheap tickets people are trying to unload.
Don’t Park On Site
Parking fees are yet another way stadiums can get a few extra bucks out of you. Instead of spending a fortune to park your car, take public transportation instead. Some stadiums may even offer shuttles to the games. If all else fails, carpool with your buddies and split the cost of parking!
Save on Food
The average concession stand charges a fortune to for simple hot dog and soda. Certain stadiums allow you to bring in your own food or drinks. Check with your home field to see what is permitted. You can also eat at home before going or have a tailgate party in the parking lot before the event.
Some teams will offer certain concession deals during specific nights of the week. For example, for a weekday game that is not as popular for ticket sales, you might be able to score deep discounts on hot dogs, beers, soda and more. Are you a designated driver for your buddies? Some concessions may offer you free sodas for playing it safe.
Score Some Freebies
Sometimes, stadiums will offer free merchandise to the first set number of fans to show up. For example, if you’re one of the first 1,000 fans to show up, you can score things like bobble heads, t-shirts, autographs and more!
Utilize Social Media
Become a follower of the official page of your favorite team on Facebook or Twitter. It’s an easy way to learn about hot deals or exclusive offers. You should also sign-up for e-newsletters, which would deliver great savings to your inbox!
Check Out the Minor Leagues!
If you live in an area where a minor league plays, check out one of their games. Tickets are usually much more affordable. Minor league stadiums will often offer deals centered on kids and families.