How to Cut Costs at the Ballpark

Posted on 04/18/2011

Kids begging you to take them out to the ball game? America’s pastime may be fun, but it also can be expensive. Before you pay an arm and a leg for those peanuts and cracker jacks, check out these tips for cutting costs at the ballpark.

Buy Tickets in Person - Convenience fees and processing charges can add up quickly—especially when you’re buying multiple tickets. Head to the ballpark beforehand and buy your tickets from a real person at the ticket window and avoid service fees.

Save on Parking - Get to the stadium early, wear comfy shoes and plan to park in a free spot— even if it’s far away. Otherwise try to carpool with other fans so you can split the cost of parking which can sometimes add on a lot to the expenses.

Buy Souvenirs Online - Instead of overpaying for team gear at the ballpark, buy it at a discount online. Head to and check out the current sales. You can also enter coupon code MLBINSIDE10 to get 15% off your purchase.

Score Buy One Get One Free Tickets on Tuesdays - Support minor league baseball on Tuesdays and score buy one get one free baseball tickets. Bring in a KRAFT singles package wrapper to the ballpark ticket office to take advantage of this deal. It’s good at every Tuesday home game through September 6, 2011.

Choose a Freebie Promo Night - In order to energize fans and draw a crowd, baseball teams will often schedule some great promotional nights where they give fans freebies. For instance, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays hold Free Shirt Fridays where free team t-shirts are handed out during every Friday night home game. You can score free toys, free team gear and more if you choose to go to the ballpark on the right night. This may end up saving you on souvenir purchases or at least give you a perk for paying full price for a ticket.

By Alison Storm

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