Last baseball season I thoroughly enjoyed seeing photos of our friends in Pittsburgh attending almost every Pirates home game with their two kids. I loved that they had carved that time out without iPads or ear buds to get in their way of sharing an experience as a family. They had three to four hours to sit together, talk and enjoy each others’ company during the game. (To me it’s almost like camping.)
Michael used to take me to tons of Braves games in college. I always loved going because unlike college basketball or even football, there was lots of time to talk in between actual things happening.
Now sitting through a baseball game just seems downright luxurious. Do I really have three to four hours to sit in seats with my family or friends and watch a game and not multitask? I cannot even imagine.
But the next question is: Are MLB games too expensive for most families to afford?
Here is a sample of prices from the 2013 season. From a 2013 Scripps Howard report that I shortened:
“The Fan Cost Index comprises the prices of four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. Costs were determined by telephone calls with representatives of the teams, venues and concessionaires. Identical questions were asked in all interviews.
MLB AVG $27.73 $210.46
Boston $53.38 $336.99
N.Y. Yankees $51.55 $324.30
Chicago Cubs $44.55 $298.20
L.A. Dodgers $22.37 $204.95
Seattle $28.45 $203.78
Colorado $23.65 $196.60
Tampa Bay $20.39 $155.54
San Diego $15.99 $151.94
Arizona $16.89 $151.55
SOURCE: Team Marketing Report”
So my questions are:
Do kids today find baseball to be too slow or boring?
Do you find it’s a lovely quiet way to connect with your kids?
Is it too expansive to go to games as a family? Or do you just budget for a spring at the ballpark almost like a vacation?