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The Economics of Shea Stadium

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Shea StadiumI 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.

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avatar Penny Nickel

I usually find ballgames a pretty economical source of entertainment… although that’s probably because I usually go for the cheapest available tickets instead of the best ones (and often shift to empty better seats mid-game), and I bring food from home. I hate expensive ballpark food! I’ve probably been to hundreds of ballgames, and can count the times I’ve bought food at the park on one hand (if you don’t count hot chocolate or coffee for freezing cold April games at Wrigley!)

Congrats on how the Mets are doing this year…

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avatar Kira

I recently went to Cleveland to see the Indians play the Reds with my boyfriend and two friends. $20 each for tickets in pretty good seats, $4 for hotdogs and $3 for half pretzels – but I probably spent another $15 on sunscreen and then aloe lotion when I got burnt horribly anyway. =)

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avatar Herb

You know what I find really annoying? The fact that they get all these 3rd party orgs to work the food booths for them and pay them some patheetically low % of sales. It’s their perogative to charge whatever they want for stuff, but I find it pretty sleazy that they can’t give these charaities, Boy Scouts, Fgirls Scouts, etc… a decent cut for working the booths.

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