A friend of mine recently moved from Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine. While Portland is a beautiful seaside city, my friend is a big Boston sports fan, and has been missing his trips to Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, and TD Garden to see his favorite teams play. Luckily,it’s baseball season, and Portland is home to a minor league baseball team. So, one night he decided to check out a game to get his sports fix. What he discovered was great entertainment at an affordable price.
Boston’s professional sports teams have been very successful over the past decade. While that means better entertainment for the fans, it also means greater demand for tickets, and higher ticket prices. Add to that the costs of parking, food, and beverages at the arena and we’re talking about an expensive day of sports.
The next time you’re thinking about attending a game, consider a minor league team. It will most likely be less expensive and, depending on your location, it might be more convenient as well.
Let’s compare some prices…
Boston Red Sox
- Average ticket price: $141.59
- Lowest ticket price: $15.00 (not including limited “sox saver” games)
- Average cost of parking: $30.00
Portland Sea Dogs
- Average ticket price: $9.00
- Lowest ticket price: $8.00 ($5.00 for children under 16 and seniors over 62)
- Cost of parking: $5.00
Pawtucket Red Sox
- Average ticket price: $11.50
- Lowest ticket price: $8.00 ($5.00 for children under 12 and seniors over 62)
- Cost of parking: Free (first come first served) $2.00 for additional parking
You’ll also find that the concessions are typically less expensive at a minor league ball park than the majors. All in all, you’re getting a much more intimate and up-close experience, you’ll get to see some potential future stars before they hit the big leagues, (or even some major league players who are rehabilitating from injury) and you’ll spend much less money. So check out your local minor league sports team for a great day or night out that the whole family can enjoy.
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