How much we spend going to baseball games

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

5 thoughts on “How much we spend going to baseball games”

  1. Giants ballgame: Make that one game per year at these prices—-maybe.

    Home opener tickets: $49 (standing-room only) to $400 (premium seats)
    Tickets at View Box level from a scalper: $150 (Face value for the seats at the bottom of the fourth deck: $100)
    Parking in the Giants’ lot: $35
    Parking offered Tuesday in a nearby private lot run by an opportunistic merchant: $100
    Beer at the game: $6.75-$11
    12-pack of Budweiser at closest liquor store: $15.50
    Basic stadium hot dog: $5.25
    Garlic fries: $8
    Bag of peanuts: $5
    Listening to a two-piece band on the Lefty O’Doul Bridge near the park: $1 suggested donation
    Foam No. 1 finger: $10
    Giants’ opening day ball caps: $25-$42
    Official game program: $5
    Scorecard: $1
    Renting out the Candlestick Suite, the new viewing box in the arches below the right-field foul pole: $2,500-$4,000 depending on the game (includes 15 tickets, food and drink)
    Watching through the portholes at the base of the right field wall: Still free
    Authentic Buster Posey game jersey: $245 (replica: $155)
    Knock-off Giants T-shirt outside the park: $10
    Putting a “Will you marry me?” message on the AT&T scoreboard: $145-$175
    Total cost to do it big, according to the Fan Cost Index (defined as the average price to take a family of four to a game — with four non-premium tickets, two beers, four sodas, four hot dogs,
    parking, two programs or scorecards, and two adult caps): $239.51

  2. . . . and how much do the players make, enjoying their favorite past-time? Something’s out of “whack” here, as it also is on the political fields.

  3. Chip, could you do the same analysis for an A’s game? I enjoy going to the Rivercats and Reno Aces. My cousin played mlb for several years. He told me one time the team was having one of those special uniform days (I think he said it was retro uni’s) and somehow he missed out on the cap. Well, for some reason, they wouldn’t give him one so he had to get dressed and go up to the store and by one…..for $40.

  4. Coincidentally, I just received a mailer from the Reno Aces for their ‘Friends and Family Nights’ for the upcoming season; five Saturday games. Reserved ticket, combo meal voucher and an Aces cap for $17.00.

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