America’s greatest pastime is about the overall experience. Watching baseball on the small screen versus going to the ballpark is an entirely different experience. There’s no replacing the sights, the smells, the sounds, and the feels of game day at the ballpark is the true experience. The only problem is that experience doesn’t come cheap. You’ve got tickets to pay for and maybe even some fan gear. And what’s a seat with a view by the third base if you don’t have concessions to enjoy. It’s all about the hotdogs and the beer. Don’t forget to set aside a little bit for the parking as well. So out of all the MLB stadiums out there, here are the 10 most expensive MLB stadium experiences you could ever have.
10. Philadelphia Phillies Game at Citizens Bank Park – $82.49
Two tickets to see a Phillies game will cost you roughly $43.49 on average. You might want to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak in this park, but you might be better off with two hotdogs, which will only cost you $7.50. If you wish to couple that with some beer, just know that Citizens Bank Park charges the most out of any ballpark. It’s $7.75 per beer, so you’re looking at $15.50 for two. The $16 parking is about average, but the smell of rib-eye steak, salami, and onions throughout the entire field is just absolutely priceless.
9. Washington Nationals Game at Nationals Park – $85.90
Nationals Park is a newer park and cost about $611 million to build, so you can expect the ticket prices to be slightly higher at $52.40 for two. The prices for hotdogs and beer are also slightly above average probably given the usual Washington, D.C. markup. You’ll spend about $10.50 for two hotdogs and $13 for two beers. You’ll save a little bit of money on parking being that it’s only $10. You can cut this altogether if you carpool as well.
8. Kansas City Royals Game at Kauffman Stadium – $89.40
Kauffman Stadium is not that big. Their seating capacity is on the lower end at just around 38,000, so that could account for the slightly higher ticket prices at $56.40 for two. The hotdogs and beers are sold at an average price of $10 and $13 respectively. Parking is also at a low of $10.
7. San Francisco Giants Game at AT&T Park – $90.81
AT&T Park is one of the more popular MLB stadiums out there and San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities as well. It’s no surprise that the games cost that much to attend. However, the breakdown is actually surprising. Two tickets will actually only cost you $44.81 and food prices will only cost you about $25. What will cost you the most is parking at $21, which is higher than most.
6. New York Mets Game at Citi Field – $94.19
If you want to see the Mets play at Citi Field, be prepared to pay. This stadium is quite important in baseball history, and it seats quite a bit of fans as well. Ticket prices are actually fair at $48.19 for two. You’ll also spend quite the average price for two hotdogs and two beers at $12.50 and $11.50 respectively. The markup on the hotdogs is simply because you’re getting NY dogs. Parking, however, is at $22 a pop. Knowing you’re in NY, you’ll probably have better options.
5. Seattle Mariners Game at Safeco Field – $94.71
This stadium is one of the most expensive places to see a ballgame, and with 47,000 seats at the stadium, you know they’re making a profit. Two tickets add up to $53.71. Their hotdogs are fairly cheap at $9 for two and beer sell for $12 for two. Parking will get you at $20, but you get a whole host of other food experiences at the stadium if you wish to spend more.
4. Toronto Blue Jays Game at Rogers Centre – $109.38
Now we’re beginning to cross the $100 mark. With tickets costing $63.20 for two, this is one of the most expensive ticket prices you could ever pay for a game. The food is about average, with $9.96 for two hotdogs and $13.58 for two beers. The parking is also expensive at $22.64.
3. New York Yankees Game at Yankee Stadium – $109.40
The Yankee Stadium is a historic place. Some of the legends played at the old stadium, and the new one is making new history. Two tickets will cost you about average price at $56.40 for two. The hotdogs are rather cheap at $6 for two, and the beer won’t make much of a dent at $12 for two. However, you might want to skip the parking and use public transport instead because you’ll be paying $35 otherwise.
2. Chicago Cubs Game at Wrigley Field – $116.06
Wrigley Field is Chicago’s most iconic ballpark, and if you wish to see it, you’d have to pay $64.06 for two tickets. You’ll pay for it if you want to eat and drink as well, $11.50 for two hotdogs and $15.50 for two beers. That’s already a lot of money, but you’ll have to fork out another $25 for parking.
1. Boston Red Sox Game at Fenway Park – $157
Everyone should get to experience a ballgame at Fenway Park at least once in his or her lives. We know that’s impossible, given that you’ll have to pay $96 for two tickets just to get in. You can enjoy average hotdog and beer prices at $10.50 and $15.50 respectively for two each. Your experience at Fenway won’t be complete without a Fenway Frank anyway. However, expect to pay $35 for parking. Fenway is the most iconic American ballpark there is. It’s no surprise that their prices are iconic as well.