Play Ball: 5 Ways to Save on Baseball Tickets

by Kay Lynn

Home opening games were celebrated all over this past week to the joy of many.  Baseball season reminds me of carefree summer days as a child.  My dad loved baseball and we spent many evenings watching it.

save on baseball ticketsAs with just about everything, ticket prices have escalated over the years and it can cost a family quite a bit to enjoy a professional game.  Here are five ideas to make it an affordable outing.

Ticket Promotions

Teams often have ticket promotions to encourage attendance at games.  These are most commonly for games during the week but may be available for any games with slow sales.  I was able to find a code for 50% off select Padres games by googling “ticket promotion Padres”.

Ticket Resellers

Season ticket holders aren’t able to attend all the games so they either give them away to friends and family or resell them.  Sites such as StubHub or TicketsNow offer great seats to many upcoming games at a nice discount from the box office.

Kids Programs

My sons belonged to the local teams’ kids program until they got too old for the program.  At the time, I paid $10 for each membership but it included tickets to nine games.

The same program is free now but only offers two discounted tickets a year.  Kids can earn points for other rewards based on the number of games attended.

Daily Deals

One of the daily deal sites in our city recently offered a discount baseball game package. It was a good deal, but I didn’t buy it because the package included hot dogs, sodas and hats in addition to the tickets.

I’ll be keeping my eye out for future promotions as we like to get to the ball park at least a couple of times a season.

Cheap Seats

Depending on your ball park, the least expensive tickets may not even come with a seat.  In San Diego, the park pass is $5 and you can sit anywhere on a big grassy hill or stand in select designated areas throughout the park.  Other venues might have standing room only areas as well.

You see the same game as the other attendees at a big discount.

 

No matter how you get your ticket, I hope you get out to the ballpark this season.  Play ball!

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Glen April 11, 2011 at 6:54 am

Another option is to go to minor league games. I’ve heard they are a lot more intimate and family friendly (I’m hoping to go to one this season).

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Doable Finance April 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

I enjoy going to baseball games. Sunny days, hot dogs and just walking around is a great feeling. The kids program you mentioned is quite good.

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Jeff April 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Great post, I really love baseball season. Another way to save on tickets, is to go to a game against a lousy opponent. Usually, when your favorite team plays a terrible team tickets will be extremely cheap. You just have to check out the schedule and you’ll score big time!

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Squirrelers April 12, 2011 at 6:26 am

With the season starting, I’m anxious to go to the ballpark. I always feel this way upon the season opening, though I’ve learned my lesson in the past that it’s best to wait until at least May around here (Chicago). I recall being at Wrigley Field about 6 or 7 years ago in April, in the center field bleachers, when it was 37 degrees and windy. Like I said, best to wait for warmer weather, though I’m sure that’s not the issue where you are!

Anyway, from what I understand, sometimes you can get tickets cheaper than face value by going through a reseller. That’s my goal! This leaves some room for a little ballpark food….

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Denise @ The Single Saver April 12, 2011 at 10:32 am

Since this is a baseball thread… GO TRIBE!!!! Cleveland is 8 in a row. Wohoo!

Minor legue games are very cheap and fun to attend. it is a much more intimate feel and there are usually no bad seats in those smaller stadiums.

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Evan April 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I get really cheap met tickets (not because they suck lol) but because I know someone that works at CitiGroup…so another option is to check with employees of a sponsoring company

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Edwin @ Cash The Checks April 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I’ve bought tickets on eBay early on for pretty cheap. Prices go up as time goes on, especially if a game ends up being important, like a record being broken or if playoff positioning at stake.

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