What do you think about the cost of many sporting events these days? For the most part, sporting events cost so much that many families have all but stopped going to them, largely because it's no longer affordable for them to do so. It's sort of a rare occasion that you find a situation where you can afford to take the entire family, whether you're talking about a sporting event or almost everything else. If you like going to games involving the Tampa Bay Rays, you're likely to be pleasantly surprised when you figure out the cost of going to a game.
Tickets are Surprisingly Affordable
The first thing you're likely to notice about going to a Tampa Bay Rays game is that ticket prices look like something from 20 years ago. It's actually possible for you to buy a ticket to the game for less than $8 per person. You can certainly spend more if you want to, as they have Club seating with more amenities that cost a lot more. If you're into that sort of thing, you can drop several hundred dollars per person on those types of seats. However, if you're in the mood to take your family out for a nice day of entertainment without spending as much money as you make in a month, you may be more interested in the cheaper ticket prices. Even if you have a family of four, you can get everyone into the venue for less than $35. That's nothing to sneeze at, especially in today's world where everything is more expensive today than it was yesterday.
Naturally, You’ll Want to Eat
If you're going to spend an entire afternoon at a baseball game, you have to feed the family. This is especially true if you have kids. You can't really expect them to sit there and watch a game that lasts for three or four hours without giving them something to keep them entertained, at least part of the time. You'll be glad to know that if you visit the concession stand here, you're looking at roughly $12 to $14 per person. That will get each person something to drink, along with a couple of hot dogs. You might even decide to spring for popcorn for the entire family, which will cost you about another $6 per tub. Either way, it's cheaper than going to the movies or to a restaurant. So far, you're looking at less than $100 for the same family of four, including the price of your tickets and the higher concession stand rate of $14 per person. That includes the $6 tub of popcorn, by the way.
Before you get too excited and think that you can actually do this for less than $100, consider what you're going to be spending on parking. It depends on your situation. If you live close to the stadium, you might just decide to walk there and skip the parking fees all together. Otherwise, it's important to bring some extra cash with you so that you can park the car in a designated area without having to worry about getting towed. Plan on spending about $20 to $25 for parking. That seems like a lot, but it's relatively cheap considering what you're spending for tickets and concessions. In addition, it's still less than you're likely to pay in most other cities, and it's a lot cheaper than trying to park somewhere your not supposed to and then being forced to get your car out of the impound lot later on.
Assume that you're going to spend $25 for parking. Give or take a few dollars, you're looking at spending about $125 for the day. That's enough to pay for the parking, buy tickets for four people, get everyone seated with something to eat, and enjoy the game. By the time everyone eats a couple of hot dogs and popcorn and drinks a soda, they should be good to go for the rest of the afternoon. If you stop and think about it, that's a lot cheaper than buying four movie tickets and then paying for refreshments at the theater, which is something that will usually cost you more than the tickets did to begin with. If you've been waiting to attend that game, go ahead and take the family out for a day of enjoyment.
Written by Garrett Parker
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