MLB Baseball Is A Great Value Live At The Park

Safeco Field is among the very top valued parks in the MLB.  A pair of tickets can be had for $35 - $40 at the most, and there are an unbelievable amount of free parking spots within a mile of the venue.  The pricing for the Post Season is decent as well.  $40 for face valued tickets (LF Bleachers) during the LDS round.  That goes to $80 during the ALCS - and only $120 per ticket for the World Series.  I can't even buy a 'Standing Room Only' Ticket for my local NHL Hockey team. to see the worst team in the league.

Safeco Field is among the very top valued parks in the MLB. A pair of tickets can be had for $35 – $40 at the most, and there are an unbelievable amount of free parking spots within a mile of the venue. The pricing for the 2014 Post Season is decent as well for those with season ticket holder status. $40 for face valued tickets (LF Bleachers) during the LDS round. That goes to $85 during the ALCS – and only $120 per ticket for the World Series games. I can’t even buy a ‘Standing Room Only’ Ticket for my local NHL Hockey team. to see the worst team in the league for that much!

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Stop me if you heard this before…Baseball is dying..  Come on folks, the actual facts don’t suggest that at all.  Sure if you are going back to the day when there were 3 networks on TV, and that is it.

I am going to let you in on a little secret here.  Back in 2004, I was once a NHL hockey fan.  Yeah, let the stereotype stand for living north of the border, but yeah I followed the sport religiously, even more than baseball for a period.

At that point in my life, I had been to about a hundred games live in Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary, and had been to exactly 3 MLB games (1 at Skydome in 1989, and 2 at Olympic Stadium) in the mid 90’s.

Once I went to Safeco Field once in 2005, I was hooked and had the vibe to see all other 29 parks in rapid fashion.

My love for viewing baseball parks escalated from there into 4 world record chases – to become the fastest to see a full game live at all 30 MLB Stadiums.

A lot of my friends and family are often baffled why i don’t just watch hockey, and support the local hockey team.  My interest dwindles every year, and especially now that I am more rabid about baseball than ever, doing this website daily.

Newly renovated BC Place Stadium, with $600 Million Dollars in upgrades, re-opened on Sept.30/2011 with and features a 100 by 85 retractable roof. The lights also illuminates different colors both inside and outside of the building.  The stadium could be converted to meet MLB specifications.  If Portland isn't on the MLB list of expansion because of the stadium issue, than perhaps another PAC NW team like Vancouver would get a shot.  A current team may even move there for  few years while a park in Portland is built.

Renovated BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, with $600 Million Dollars in upgrades, re-opened on Sept.30/2011 with and features a 100 by 85 retractable roof. The light also illuminates different colors both inside and outside of the building. The stadium could be converted to meet MLB specifications. If Portland isn’t on the MLB list of expansion because of the stadium issue, than perhaps another PAC NW team like Vancouver would get a shot. A current team may even move there for few years while a park in Portland is built.  This venue was home to a “Heritage Winter Classic” this year in the NHL (Mar of 2014…  Cheapest ticket was $150, or roughly 10X more what it may cost you to enter about any MLB Park.

This year was the 1st year I bought a ticket for an NHL game in 13 years.  The Vancouver Canucks were playing one of those “Heritage Winter Classics” and the venue was BC Place Stadium.

I have often been on board saying this multi-purpose building would be in the top 15 MLB Parks should a team be granted to Vancouver in the MLB.

Okay, the main reason why I bought a ticket, was because my oldest brother Trent was turning 40, and wanted his 3 brothers, (me being the 3rd of out 4 boys) to join him for the match.

it took an extreme circumstance for me to fork down my hard-earned cash. The price tag was $180 for the ticket.  I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the price.

i mean I could buy 9 single game tickets to watch the Seattle Mariners play baseball 110 Miles away.  Even with the travel costs included, it is still about a 1/4th of what tickets go for to watch hockey.

Canada is hardcore when it comes to their national pastime,. as such I have been left out of the buying market since 2001.

Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium have come down in ticket prices over the last 5 years.  Routinely, the most expensive ballparks, even they have deals on certain games and times of the year.

Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium have come down in ticket prices over the last 5 years. Routinely, the most expensive ballparks, even they have deals on certain games and times of the year.

There is no way I am paying more than $40 for an event.  I mean, I have bought tickets to Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium for about 30% of even that mark before.  No chance in hell I am laying out $150 for horrible seats.

I still like hockey live, but it may be another 13 years before I hit another game in Vancouver.

Not all markets are bad for that sport.  I have been to the arena’s in Columbus and Denver while abroad on travel, and paid what I would typically for any baseball park.

2014 was the 1st year I have had season ticket holder rights.  I don’t go to every game, but have a stake in a timeshare of duckets, that see me pay about $35 for a pair of tickets in the LF bleachers at Safeco Field.

As stated previously, I live 110 Miles from Safeco Field, and just 2 miles from the border to the USA.  Believe me, I spend more than half of my free cash there- in food, clothing and entertainment.

Canadians make more money on average, and are able to border hop, where the prices reflect what the economy makes down there.  Meaning I can buy things for about half the price as I can in Canada.

At about $20 in gas per round trip, it is less than the parking I could find in downtown Vancouver for a hockey game, and where there is absolutely no where to park for free.

Out of the whole year in Seattle, i have only paid for parking once, and that was opening Day.  $15 for the whole campaign is outstanding.

I am quite sure I could have skated on that too had I left earlier in the day.

There are about 10,000 places to park in downtown Seattle if you are wiling to walk about a mile.  The same can be said for a lot of the U.S. cities that have baseball parks.

Out of the 300 games or so i have been to in the last 6 years, I have averaged about $17 per ticket purchased.  The cheapest single game tickets are in Atlanta (Skyline tickets for $1 on gameday at the box office), and I paid $2 for a ticket at O.co during a summer Tuesday game.

Coors Field is one of the better places in the MLB to watch a game - and their $4 Rockpile tickets are the best valued purchase among the MLB Stadiums

Coors Field is one of the better places in the MLB to watch a game – and their $4 Rockpile tickets are the best valued purchase among the MLB Stadiums.

There are the $4 or $5 tickets that place you in the Rockpile Seats in Colorado.

The one park that is not so cheap is US Cellular Field, where the cheapest ticket runs about $20 – and you can’t visit the lower deck at all.

Most MLB Parks you can roam around the concourse for a single game ticket, and have a great vantage point for the game despite not paying for it.

Us Cellular Field ranks as the worst valued ballpark, as the majority of their games - the cheapest ticket is $20, and parking in the area is about the same.  Don't forget about those tolls that can add up while driving around the periphery of the city as well on the highways.  Take public transit in Chicago if possible..

Us Cellular Field ranks as the worst valued ballpark, as the majority of their games – the cheapest ticket is $20, and parking in the area is about the same. Don’t forget about those tolls that can add up while driving around the periphery of the city as well on the highways. Take public transit in Chicago if possible..

My favorite stadiums for doing this are; Safeco Field, AT @ T Park, Yankee Stadium and Minute Maid Park.

Back to my original point.  I am able to travel on a day trip to Seattle, and myself and a guest only costs about $55 total for the entire event combined.

I hardly ever buy any food at the park, as Little Caesars, Carl’s JR, Sonic and Popeye’s are favorite places to fill up on food before you make it to the stadium.

Now baseball is smart to have this kind of pricing.  Yes, they still have the stupid money cost tickets at some of the ballparks, however it is one’s choice whether they want to dole out the cash for it.

More importantly, if you just need one singular ticket to a game, I have never had a problem in any of the parks in the last 5 years.

i will say about 5 – 6 years ago, it was tough to find tickets for Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field, but all of that has changed now.

Stubhub and other ticket buying communities online have helped squeeze out the tickets people were selling to folks outside of the stadiums before, ripping them blue.

stubhub has changed their pricing structure to include all fees in one set price when you click on an event now - instead of hidden fees like before.  The best part of online ticket brokerages is that is wiped out a lot of people running prices - selling in front of the games.  You can really take advantage of this website if you are seeking a singular game ticket only.

stubhub has changed their pricing structure to include all fees in one set price when you click on an event now – instead of hidden fees like before. The best part of online ticket brokerages is that is wiped out a lot of people running prices – selling in front of the games. You can really take advantage of this website if you are seeking a singular game ticket only.  Places like in New York, have their own ticket will call, for pickup, which beats waiting in line with the generic group of people.

I particularly love the New Yankee Stadium.  I always buy last minute single tickets from Stubhub, and go down to the Will Call ticket wicket, (which is nice because there is not a huge generic wait like the regular wickets).

The last time I bought a game ducket in the Bronx, it ran just $12.

Next year, I am going to about 230 games total over the 183 days of Major League Baseball.  I would never be able to fathom this idea in hockey.  At least of 1/3rd of the markets would bleed my dry in the wallet for their single game tickets.

In contrast, i was scouting out going to a Seahawks game this year.  Good luck,..The cheapest ticket was for $130.00, and finding parking on those days is impossible.  I mean, they are selling $55 Parking vouchers as a good deal.

NBA is much like hockey, in that some arena’s are better than others. but all of them can’t compete with the value of baseball.

When you are going to a barrel full of games in one MLB Season, the key is to not spend any money inside the park.

I routinely make sure I am so stuffed before entry, that food is the last thing on my mind.  I will do the same thing in my quest next year.

Out of my 230 games next year, I will be stunned if I spend over $3000 in total for all the tickets.  That would not even equal $15 per game, it is roughly $13 per.  I am not sure you can even gain admittance to a movie these days for that much.

During the trip next season,  I am divulging full financial disclosure on every day of competition.

Look, I understand people’s motivation to sit in closest proximity to the games, and for people willing to shell out vast amounts of money to see games, I am just not that person.

I love walking around to watch the action live from all over the ballpark.  I will always buy the cheapest tickets to enter a stadium.  Of course if teams want to comp me (like they have done before….hint…hint..) I am all game for that.

Baseball is alive and well in my view.  I see people from aged 1 – 100 attend baseball games, and where do you see that in any other sport

Some of the parks I have been, I swear on certain days, the girls outnumber the guys.

I also see the biggest amount of kids at baseball games than I do at NFL, NBA or NHL games.  I can’t speak for collegiate and University Sports, but I am sure I am right on the mark in that assessment against them as well.

Minor League Baseball will also see 60 MIllion fans this campaign, which is about 10 more Million than Major League Baseball.

While I advocate going to the yard whether it is Major or Minor League, I prefer watching the big league’s more than the Minors, and the cost had narrowed between the two entities more than ever..

This article is written about value only.  I will leave another article for writing about the growing amount of length per game each year, as I believe that may be a major deterrent in future generations, however when you talk about bang for the buck, baseball is it.

Another great value in the game of the MLB, is the MLB.TV package.  If you wait 5 weeks into the season, like I did this year (as I moved this season), you can watch almost the entire season for just $60.  There are 2430 games in the regular season.  Even if you pay the full freight, it is a hell of a a bargain!

Another great value in the game of the MLB, is the MLB.TV package. If you wait 5 weeks into the season, like I did this year (as I moved this season), you can watch almost the entire season for just $60. There are 2430 games in the regular season. Even if you pay the full freight, it is a hell of a a bargain!

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About chuckbooth3023

I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at http://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/
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