Along with the excitement of the ballpark comes the expense. How does a family attend a baseball game without it being one, two, three strikes and you’re out of money?
Weekday games Games that fall on nights and weekends tend to be more expensive than those that take place on a weekday. So, when it comes time to buy tickets for the family, make it a home run for your budget by attending weekday games.
Costly concessions Cracker jacks are one thing, but a $5 hot dog and a $4 soda for every member of the family can add up. Why not eat at home before the big game or, if the stadium allows it, pack a lunch for when that seventh inning hunger strikes.
The nosebleed section Just because you might need binoculars to see the game doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it. Less optimal seating translates to big savings for families bringing the entire home team along to the ballpark. Family zones are also a great option because they’re much cheaper than regular seats and the surrounding fans are usually rated PG.
Stadium parking – ouch! Stadium parking is so astronomically expensive it’ll make you want to scream “foul ball!” So, to avoid the extra costs associated with parking the family caravan at the stadium, simply have a representative drop everyone off at the gates and find some reasonably priced parking elsewhere.
The minor leagues Considering the average price for a ticket to the Major Leagues is $25, Minor League games are a great alternative. Not only do they offer the same amount of excitement as a professional game, but the kids might actually get some autographs too.
Family fun days Almost all MLB and Minor League teams have family fun days during the summer, so keep an eye out for them on the game schedule. For instance, the Washington Nationals have Sunday family fun days where a $14 ticket includes a hotdog, chips, a drink, and a souvenir. Not only that, there are family friendly activities all over the stadium.
Search for ticket deals The stadium or team website isn’t the only place to buy tickets. If it’s a big game, try searching Craigslist for locals selling tickets at a discount. And remember, the closer it is time wise to the first pitch, the cheaper the tickets granted you know how to haggle.
Join the mailing list Most Major and Minor League teams have fan sites and mailing lists anyone can join. By throwing your name on the list, you’ll have promotions and discounts sent straight to your email. This is great for busy families that don’t have time to scour the Internet for deals.
So, when it’s bottom of the ninth and the bases are loaded, make sure your family is rooting for the home team instead of worrying about the budget by following the tips above.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including family life, gutter styles, and summer activities on a budget.