One thing many families love to do is to head out to the ballpark. Whether it is minor or major league games, they can be a lot of fun with things to keep you all entertained – while supporting your favorite team.
It can quickly become expensive between tickets, parking, food and more! We’ve got some great tips you can follow so that you can get out and enjoy the game, but not spend too much.
HOW TO SAVE MONEY AT THE BALLPARK
Eat before you go (or bring your own snacks)
The smells are there to entice you. They have a way of wafting towards you and when you really listen, you might even hear that popcorn or hot dog calling your name. However, if you eat before you head out, then you won’t be as easily tempted to grab that snack from the vendor as he walks on by.
Each ballpark has different rules, but you may be able to bring in snacks and water. Just make sure you check your park’s website to see what you are allowed to do. One thing all parks will allow is for you to bring in an empty water bottle, which you can fill at any water fountain.
Take the bus
The cost of parking is astronomical. I know that many venues can charge $20 or more — just to park. And that is on top of the large amount you just dropped on the tickets themselves.
Check the bus schedules as there are often some which will drop you off at the game – and then pick you up when it is over (saving you the headache of fighting traffic). By parking outside of the stadium and taking the bus in, you can save on those hefty parking fees.
Check out the cheap seats
No matter where you sit, you can have a good time at the game. Just don’t forget your binoculars!!
Buy your tickets at the window
If you buy tickets at the window on the day of the game, you will get them at face value. However, if you purchase them online, you often pay fees, which makes your tickets cost more.
The only downside to this is that you have to take what is available, but you will never know which seats you can find (they may be better than you realize).
Check for online ticket promotions
While purchasing them at the window is a great way to save, it sometimes makes sense to buy them online. But, before you click buy make sure you watch for discounts online. For example, you may find a discount if you make a multi-game purchase or get an offer to save if you sign up for emails.
Watch for deals
Check out sites like GroupOn where you can sometimes find discounted tickets to local events. You can sign up for alerts so that you never miss out. You should also watch for special events.
For example, the Kansas City Royals often have Buck Night deals, which means $1 hot dogs and soft drinks. Check the calendar for your ballpark to find out if they have similar cost-saving events.
Don’t buy souvenirs
These are priced much higher than you would pay at your local sporting good store or even online. It is tempting, but shop before you go and you will be less likely to be drawn in to have a new shirt to wear to root on your team!
You can still enjoy watching a game at the ballpark, without blowing your budget.