I was a New York Mets fan in the 1980s, and my girlfriend’s family managed to get me back into the team. A. and I attended their game on Sunday against the Houston Astros, the only game of the series my team lost. It was an entertaining game, with a three-run home run in the first inning and lots of follies throughout the rest of the game.
We bought the tickets at the gate before the game, asking for the best available. The ticket computer gave us two seats in the loge level, towards the back. The tickets were $39 apiece, although the tickets two or three rows behind us were only $19 due to obstructed view. These cheaper seats are only sold when the rest of the $39 loge category is sold out.
The pretzel was $4. Hot dogs were $5 each, and I had two. The soda was probably $3 or $4. We didn’t have ice cream, but if we had, we would have paid $5.50 for each cone.
Major league baseball games are great fun, but they usually necessitate great expense. Last year, my girlfriend and I saw the Trenton Thunder, my local minor league team, play on July 4 with fireworks. The buzz wasn’t the same, but we still had a good time, and for much less money.
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published July 25, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.