Who doesn’t love going to a baseball game? A warm summer day. A cold beer. A hot dog. Your favorite team. Your friends and family. Honestly, what could be better?
It’s all great … until you see your empty wallet or your credit card bill. Major League Baseball games, along with the other major sports, are expensive and a real hit to a family’s budget.
You want to have a great (and carefree) time with the family on a Saturday afternoon. You want to give the kids some fun ballpark food – hot dog, soda, popcorn, pretzels, ice cream, and water ice. And you want to get them a baseball, hat, shirt, and that giant foam finger that’s become a cliché. Sure, it’s all part of the ballpark experience.
But, it comes at quite a hit to the wallet. That’s why I’ve compiled a few ideas here to help your family have that ballpark experience at a much more budget-friendly cost.
Attend a minor league baseball game instead of an MLB game.
I know it might be tough for you as an adult to sit through a minor league game. If you’re like me, you want to watch your favorite MLB team (Phillies for me) and that’s it. However, I do appreciate baseball the game itself. I can have any baseball game on TV and be completely happy.
For the family, go to a minor league game or an independent league game. Everything is much cheaper – from the tickets to the food and merchandise.
The caliber of play may not be the same as the MLB, but the caliber of fun will be. In the end, that is all that matters. Plus, your budget will be happy too!