With the melting of the snow and the sound of birds chirping, baseball fans everywhere are finally rejoicing that spring has arrived. With only a couple weeks to go until Opening Day, baseball fans throughout the country are eagerly awaiting ticket prices and schedules to pick out single game packages. While it may not be an extravagant date for you and your significant other, it is surely a night that will set you back a pretty penny in most MLB markets.
Whether you are planning a summer trip and want to catch a game, or just want to take your family to the ballpark for some Friday night fireworks, there are very few options that compare to the atmosphere surrounding a major league stadium. Setting the atmosphere aside, most fans want to know some bottom line figures; how much will it sent them back?
According to the Team Marketing Report from 2013, the average MLB ticket price was $27.48, with a league average of $6.09 for a beer and $4.14 for a hot dog. While it may not sound like much, take a family of four and run the numbers. Buying four tickets will be $109.92, two beers and two soft drinks (avg. of $3.67) will be $19.52, and four hot dogs for the family will come out to $16.56; a grand total of $146. Throw in an extra $20 for parking and however much it costs for transportation to and from the stadium, and you’ll be looking at a family night worth about $200. Now, these numbers are averages throughout the league so prices may be lower or higher depending on your market.
Putting family numbers aside, let’s get down to what really matters; beer. When going to the game with a couple friends, most are usually not too concerned with the cost of hot dogs and soft drinks. What's truly important is the price of a beer during the game; enough to get us through the seventh-inning stretch and to quench our thirst on those hot summer nights.
If this is you, you’re in the right place. Using data compiled from the Team Marketing Report from last season, we will be taking a look at the most expensive places to buy a small draft beer throughout the league. While it shouldn’t be enough to sway you away from attending a game this season, it may help to give you an idea of exactly how much you want to bring with you to your next ballgame.
10 AT&T Park - San Francisco Giants: $6.75 Per Brewski
9 Busch Stadium - St. Louis Cardinals: $6.75 Per Brewski
8 Turner Field - Atlanta Braves: $7.25 Per Brewski
7 Wrigley Field - Chicago Cubs: $7.25 Per Brewski
6 Fenway Park - Boston Red Sox: $7.25 Per Brewski
5 Rogers Centre - Toronto Blue Jays: $7.34 Per Brewski
4 Target Field - Minnesota Twins: $7.50 Per Brewski
3 Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia Phillies: $7.75 Per Brewski
2 Marlins Park - Miami Marlins: $8.00 Per Brewski
1 Nationals Park - Washington Nationals: $8.25 Per Brewski
The final and most expensive team on our list comes out of the nation’s capital, Washington DC. Similar to the other two National League teams on our list, the Nationals charge an insane $8.25 for a small beer. For a team that hasn’t done much in the postseason as of late, I think that is highway robbery. Despite this, the Nationals do offer a $5 beer if you get to the park before the first pitch, which is pretty unique. If you are looking for some comparison numbers to other parks that were recently built, Nationals Park only charged $6.50 for a domestic beer when the stadium was first opened and only $7.50 for premium beer, quite a difference from the $9 premium beers at the park today.
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