Recently, our family visited the Pawtucket Red Sox. Let's give a big Holla for our friends out in Rhode Island! Why was this experience a good one? Because of the price, of course!
I reserved a library pass which allowed us to get 4 tickets for $18 (or $4.50 a ticket). Since the place was pretty dead, we got to move up and have pretty decent seats. Had we gone to a Boston Red Sox game, similar seats would have cost us $396 ($99 a ticket).
We got free parking in Pawtucket. Had we gone to Boston, we probably would have taken the T, which would have cost us $7 to park at the T station about about $8 for both the husband and I to ride back and forth (kids are free on the T). So $15 for transportation. But to keep it even with Pawtucket, it would cost about $30 to park in the city.
Hot Dogs at Pawtucket were $2.50 each. They are $7 in Boston.
A soda cost me $2.50 in Pawtucket. We got 2. I can only assume this would cost about $4 or more at Fenway.
We got 2 hot cocoas for the kids at $1.50 each. Again, not sure if Fenway even sells hot cocoa and if they did, it would probably be $3 or more.
Total cost of our Minor League excursion: $36
Total approximate cost had we gone to Boston: $468
Picking Minor League over Major League is an approximate savings of 92%.
There are Minor League teams all over Massachusetts to enjoy baseball fun, but at reasonable prices:
If you are near the Cape or will be traveling there this summer, the Cape Cod Baseball League provides FREE games! For real. They ask for donations, so yeah, throw a few bucks in there.
There is also the New England Collegiate Baseball League. I think their games are free. My heart belongs to the Keene Swampbats.
So go! Support the underachievers - your wallet will thank you.