Are you tired of watching the Baltimore Ravens play from your television set? If you've been staying away from the ballpark because of the expense, the cost of going isn't that bad. In fact, we've taken into consideration the costs of parking, food, and tickets and researched to find the average cost of attending a Raven's game. You may be surprised at how little it really costs. Here is what the average fan pays to see a game live.
The ticket prices are decent
The average attendee at a Ravens game will pay $85 per ticket to see the game live at M&T Bank Stadium this year. This gives you a seat with a good view of the game. It's not a bad price, because some of the premium seats cost up to $430 each. There are also tickets as low as $80, but most will pay the extra $5 for a better seat. When it gets down to it, there really aren't any bad seats in the stadium.
Parking costs aren't that bad
The cost to secure guaranteed parking to watch a Baltimore Ravens play at M&T Bank Stadium ranges between $5 and $30. There are several parking lots that are designated for fans along the way to the stadium. Bear in mind that the further away from the stadium, the cheaper the parking. If you go with a parking space that charges the minimum of $5, you're going to have to walk for several blocks to get to the game. This is to and from the game, and the average fan would rather pay a little extra for the convenience of skipping the long walk to their cars.
The most highly recommended parking and associated fees are as follow: The DownUnder Garage is .8 mile from the stadium and you can park there for between $10 and $15 but spots fill up fast so it's wise to arrive early. More parking is available at 208 Water Street for $10 with a 1.1-mile walk. The Ravens Roost Lot is just .3 miles from the stadium and tailgating is allowed, but this option will cost you $48. Lot J is an Official Ravens Lot and it's just 2. miles from the stadium and the cost is $46 per vehicle.
You can eat affordably at the game
Although you are not allowed to bring food and beverages into the stadium, you certainly are allowed to tailgate at the Raven's Roost Lot. It's not too far from the stadium and it's a great idea to fill up if you're feeling particularly hungry. You can also eat fairly reasonably inside the game. They've recently dropped prices for food and beverages, so here's what the average game goer pays for food and beverages.
You can enjoy a hot dog for just $3 and a burger for only $6. I fact, nothing there costs over $9. You can buy a domestic 12-ounce beer for just $5. You can get a basket of chicken tenders with french fries included for $7, an order of fries for $3, nachos for $5, pizza for $6, pretzels or popcorn for $4 and many other budget-priced food items. Bottled water is between $3 and $4 depending on the size, and a large fountain soda is just $3.
The total average cost of attending a Baltimore Raven's game
The average fan attending a Raven's game spends $85 for a ticket, $46 for parking and an additional $16 for concessions. You can eat two hot dogs and enjoy two beers for under $20, thanks to the price reductions that the stadium has made on their concessions. In fact, this is one of the most reasonably priced stadiums in the MLB. You can expect to spend approximately $147 in total, per person. Of course, if you split parking costs with a buddy and tailgate before the game you can shave off a few bucks and make it even cheaper, but with the low cost of concessions, it's almost just as reasonable to just eat there and enjoy the fullness of the experience. Of course, everyone has their own preferences and you may want to have more or less food, but now you have an idea of what it costs with the breakdown that we've provided. This guide is designed to help you plan out your own game day experience and maximize the fun and excitement of watching your favorite team play against their opponents live.
Written by Garrett Parker
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