Who doesn't love a live Baseball Game? The whole atmosphere is comforting in a way - the music, the food, the entertainment, the kids' smiling faces. Then, there's the thrill of hearing the crack of the bat on that ball and the fans cheering as a home run is made!
America's Pastime is the Best...except that it seems to leave my wallet empty. Have you been to a Major League Game lately? First it's the parking, then the price of admission, next you're left reeling over a hot dog that is the price of a gourmet meal! For me, there's no fun when I feel that I've been taken advantage of...and that is definitely how I feel at a Major League Game.
That's when I discovered something that beats the Majors by a long shot: The Minor League. When we decided to take my son to his first baseball game, there was no other choice but the Minor League. The closest Minor League Team to us are The Frederick Keys (FK), the AAA League of the Baltimore Orioles (BO). So let's compare some of the prices to see how we saved:
Price of Admission
FK $33/3 Front Row Box Seat Tickets (Special Fireworks Night)
BO $285/3 Front Row Field Box Seat Tickets
FK $50.00 - 2 Sausage & Peppers w/Fries, 1 Hot Dog w/Fries, 3 Sodas, 1 Dippin' Dots, 1 Crab Pretzel (yum)
BO $61.00 - 2 Cheeseburgers w/Fries, 1 Hot Dog w/Fries, 3 Sodas, 1 Brownie Sundae, 1 Nachos
Accessibility to Players
FK - Major League's next big stars are within arms length = Autographs Galore = Priceless!
BO - Forget About It!
Another major advantage of visiting a Minor League stadium is that they are just about everywhere, so you will not be stuck driving for miles and miles to find one near your hometown! For more information on how to find a Minor League Baseball Team near you, visit the MiLB website.
Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Minor League Day at the Game: $83.00 for 2 Adults, 1 Child
Total Fake-It Cost: $83.00
Major League Day at the Game: $366.00 for 2 Adults, 1 Child
Total Fake-It Savings: $283.00