It seems like it's getting more and more difficult to do anything as a family without it costing you an arm and a leg. People used to go to the movies or to sporting events but it's getting so expensive that a lot of families are deciding to stay home and entertain themselves by playing board games or watching a movie in the living room instead. If you are still in the mood to go to a Los Angeles Dodgers game, you might be happy to know that tickets at Dodger Stadium are more reasonable than they are in a lot of other places. That being said, it's also important to know just how much you really should expect to spend before you decide to do it. That way, there aren't any unpleasant surprises that crop up at the last second. Nobody likes those kinds of surprises, so here is a rundown on how much you can expect to spend at Dodger Stadium.
Ticket Prices Are Actually Fairly Reasonable
You might think that the ticket prices will be astronomical, considering that you're talking about a major team. That's not really so in this case. Of course, you can get club seats and spend several hundred dollars per person if that's really what you want to do, but it isn't necessary. In fact, the lowest ticket prices available at Dodger Stadium usually run somewhere between $7 and $10 per person. You might not be able to see the game as well but if you're there for the ambience more than anything else, it might not matter to you. If you want some decent seats, you can still buy tickets for between $35 and $45 each. Considering how much you might expect to pay at some other stadiums, that's a steal. Now the question is, how much can you expect to spend for everything else on game day?
Food and Drink is Never Cheap
It doesn't matter where you go, the concession stand is never cheap unless you're talking about a high school football game or something similar. If it's a pro game or any type of professional event, they're going to charge you almost as much for concessions as they did for the tickets, if not more. It's how they bring in more money without sending you into sticker shock all at once. Dodger Stadium is not any different than anyone else in this case. If you’re just going to eat the standard fare for a sporting event, it's going to cost you about $25 to $30 per person. If you just so happen to get someone that's really hungry in your group, you might want to tell them to pay for their own meal. It wouldn't take much to send that bill up to something to the tune of $65. If two or three people in your party do that, you don't want to be on the hook for that bill. On average, you're going to spend somewhere between $100 and $120 for a family of four, even if everybody watches what they order.
When it comes to sports stadiums and parking, it's almost like listening to a broken record. There's never enough parking and the parking that does exist is too expensive. It happens almost universally. It's a pleasant surprise when you find a facility that doesn't have this problem and if that's the case, good for you. That's not the case here. Like most sports stadiums, Dodger Stadium has parking but they don't have enough of it to accommodate every single seat in the stadium. If you get parking at the stadium, it's probably going to cost you about $35. If you end up parking elsewhere, plan on spending more, even as much as $50. That's because local establishments that have parking areas will put placards out telling you that you can park on game day, for a fee. Depending on how many people attend that particular game, they can charge as much as they want. As you can see, this can start to drain your wallet pretty quickly.
When you total it all up, you might be spending close to $200 for tickets, provided that you're paying for four people. Add another $120 for concessions and another $50 for parking, and you're looking at spending something in the neighborhood of $370 to $400. If you're not careful about your spending, it could easily go over that amount. If you're okay with spending that, that's fine but it's always a good idea to know exactly what you're looking at before you actually start shelling out the cash. It can save you a lot of heartache and frustration later on if you realize how expensive it's really going to be to attend that event where you think it's only going to be a few dollars here and there.
Written by Garrett Parker
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