For baseball fans, spring is synonymous with the smell of hot dogs and the crack of a baseball bat. But while fans may enjoy the game itself, it’s not quite as likely that you’ll find them waving a foam finger of approval at the cost of a game.
Baseball games can get expensive. And often, the ticket isn’t even the most expensive part of the event. “After your t-shirt, hat, beer, and hot dog, you’ve invested nearly as much as you have on the ticket itself,” says Andrew, a ConsumerAffairs reader from Richmond, Va.
When it comes to the overall cost of a game, a study finds that certain Major League Baseball stadiums are worse offenders than others. Using four factors (two tickets, two hot dogs, two beers, and parking), GOBankingRates compared the price of attending a game in all 30 MLB stadiums. The results may (or may not) surprise you.
Most expensive stadiums
Ticket prices are creeping higher each year (up 3.3% in 2015), and the average cost of spending a day at a baseball game is now $77.92. Boston Red Sox fans spend the most; a day at Fenway Park will set fans back an average of $157.
What other stadiums charge the most for tickets, food, and parking?
- Tickets: Red Sox, $48
- Hot dogs: Mets, $6.25
- Beer: Tie between Red Sox, Cubs, and Phillies, $7.75
- Parking: Tie between Red Sox and Yankees, $35
Least expensive stadiums
If you’re looking to keep the cost of attending a baseball game to a minimum, be sure to catch a game at one of these stadiums: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Dodger Stadium, or Chase Field, where the Diamondbacks play. These three stadiums are ranked the cheapest to take in a game.
Where else will you find cheap baseball game amenities?
- Tickets: Angels, $9.80
- Hot dogs: Reds, $1
- Beer: Tie between Indians and Diamondbacks, $4
- Parking: Rays, $0