Baseball season is here, and for many, that means taking the family out to the ballgame. However, depending on the team you choose, your wallet could take a big hit.
Want an idea of how big? In May 2022, sports insight company Team Marketing Report released its annual Fan Cost Index for Major League Baseball. The study sought to determine how much a family of four would pay to see a game in each MLB stadium.
The final numbers included the following costs: four average-priced tickets, four hot dogs to keep everyone happy, two beers, two sodas, and parking.
While we await this year’s report, the 2022 data (which has been adjusted for the cheapest concession and parking options) can help you prepare yourself financially for a ballgame.
From least expensive to most, check out how your favorite team stacked up to the rest of Major League Baseball.
Price for a four-person family: $126.34
Want a cheap day at the ballpark? Then consider heading to Chase Field in Phoenix to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks play. It was the most affordable team to watch in 2022, per Statista.
One thing working to the team’s advantage was the cost of their average ticket ($22.12) and basic hot dog ($2), both of which are the lowest marks in the league.
Price for a four-person family: $136.08
Enjoy the brightly colored fountain in the outfield when the Marlins hit a home run, and don’t strike out with your wallet while you’re at it.
A family of four could attend a Marlins game for about $10 more than a D-Backs game in 2022. This was partly because Marlins’ concessions and tickets were some of the most affordable in the league.
Price for a four-person family: $150.25
The Pirates may have been the best team in the league last year, but it was still a deal to watch them play.
One contributing factor is that in 2022, the Buccos’ beautiful PNC Park was one of only 10 stadiums to offer hot dogs for $4 or less.
Price for a four-person family: $154.92
You may be almost a mile high at Coors Field in Denver, but the price to see the Colorado Rockies play is actually pretty low.
Costs stayed low with the help of Coors Field’s $3 beer, the lowest-priced budget beer in the league.
Tampa Bay Rays
Price for a four-person family: $157.02
Your wallet may see rays of sunshine while seeing Tampa Bay’s baseball team in person. A 2022 trip to Tropicana Field cost families of four an average of $157.02.
One reason here is the price of nearby parking, coming in at more than $4 lower than the $16.79 league average.
Price for a four-person family: $157.40
You may be seeing green instead of sending your finances into the red when you head to Cincinnati for a baseball game.
Based on 2022’s numbers, you should expect to pay an average of $24.25 per Reds ticket, the third-most affordable rate in the MLB.
Price for a four-person family: $158.76
The Tigers get a roar of approval for their relatively inexpensive days at the park.
One reason for the low cost is that Detroit was one of only two teams with nearby parking under $10 last year, coming in at $9.40 per vehicle.
Price for a four-person family: $168.06
Camden Yards cost just under $170 for a family of four in 2022.
Working to Orioles fans’ advantage was the fact that their lowest-priced soda was $2.50 and their basic hot dog was only $3, both just off from being the cheapest marks in the MLB.
On the other hand, Baltimore was one of only four teams with a beer in the double digits. Fans forked over $10 for the least expensive brew.
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Price for a four-person family: $170.37
The city on Lake Erie makes for a cool, relatively affordable day at the ballpark.
A game at Progressive Field in Cleveland cost $170.37 for your family of four in 2022, including only $5 per beer.
Price for a four-person family: $170.89
A trip to Target Field is a must when you’re in the Twin Cities. It routinely places near the top of publications’ MLB stadium rankings.
Soda lovers, take note: The Twins offered the least expensive soda in the league last year, coming in at $2, and they were one of only 10 teams with a hot dog that cost $4 or less.
San Diego Padres
Price for a four-person family: $176.76
Enjoy a game in the warmth of sunny San Diego for the 10th-lowest total in the league. A game cost a family of four a bit over $175 in 2022.
However, you may want to skip the hot dogs if you’re trying to save. It cost a league-high $7.50 for a hot dog at Petco Park last year (tied with the Giants).
Toronto Blue Jays
Price for a four-person family: $178.86
If you want to cross the border to see the Toronto Blue Jays, keep in mind that it cost families of four about $179 last year.
A basic beer at the Rogers Centre cost $4.33, which is the second-lowest price in the league behind Colorado.
Los Angeles Angels
Price for a four-person family: $182.62
An Angels game with the family had a total cost of just over $180 in 2022, good for the 12th-lowest total in the league.
For the parents: Angels Stadium had the third-lowest price for beer in the league, at $4.50.
Price for a four-person family: $186.49
T-Mobile Park has a retractable roof that closes on rainy Seattle days and opens on sunny afternoons, but you won’t have to open your wallet too wide for a hot dog.
A family of four paid $186.49 in 2022, and Seattle had one of the lowest prices in the league for hot dogs, at $3.
Kansas City Royals
Price for a four-person family: $193.64
Kansas City is a mixed bag, with ways to save money and spend it.
It cost families $190 to go to Royals games. They could buy an affordable $4 hot dog, but also paid $20 for budget parking, making it one of the league’s most expensive places to park.
Price for a four-person family: $193.94
Last season, it cost you just below $194 to see the eventual National League East champs with your family of four.
The least expensive hot dogs at Truist Park were $3.50, which is on the lower end for franks at a major league ballpark.
Price for a four-person family: $195.90
Checking out the Brewers at the awe-inspiring American Family Field cost $195.90 for your family of four in 2022.
Remember, that total factors in two brews, each coming in at $9.
New York Mets
Price for a four-person family: $197.47
The New York Mets are the last team on this list where a family of four could go to a game for less than $200.
That’s despite Citi Field having the most expensive beer in the league in 2022, with the cheapest beers costing $12 each.
Pro tip: As you visit these cities and stadiums, look for opportunities to earn cash back on credit card purchases.
Price for a four-person family: $204.24
The A’s come the closest to the league average for the cost of a game for a family of four, checking at $204.24.
The average for all 30 teams, per Statista, is $204.76.
Price for a four-person family: $207.16
The Phillies had one of the cheapest hot dogs in the league at $3, but the total cost takes a hit from parking in Philadelphia.
The city was one of 10 in the MLB with budget parking over $20, coming in at $20.94 for a spot.
St. Louis Cardinals
Price for a four-person family: $208.20
One reason the St. Louis Cardinals were just above the league average for the price of a day at the ballpark was its soda, which cost a league-high $6.50 for one cup in 2022.
On the other hand, Busch Stadium’s beer, hot dog, and ticket prices were all within $2 of league average.
Chicago White Sox
Price for a four-person family: $214.79
In 2022, a family of four could take in a White Sox game on the south side for about $14 more than league average.
Be aware that Guaranteed Rate Field had the second-priciest beer in the league, coming in at $10.75 for the least expensive brew.
Price for a four-person family: $228.31
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes the cost of a family to go to the ballpark.
A trip to Arlington to see the Rangers set families back well over $200 last season, including $20.55 to park near the stadium.
San Francisco Giants
Price for a four-person family: $245.36
The Giants may take the team’s name a little too seriously, considering Oracle Park charged a league-high $7.50 for their cheapest hot dog last season (tied with the Padres).
Los Angeles Dodgers
Price for a four-person family: $265.93
Dodger Stadium may be a great place to see a game, but it will cost you.
Contributing to that $265 price tag? Tickets. The Dodgers were one of only five MLB teams to charge more than $50 on average per ticket in 2022.
Price for a four-person family: $279.30
Parking may cause your wallet some issues when you head to a Nationals game in Washington, D.C. In 2022, the lowest options near Nationals Park still cost you $24.30.
All added up, fans spent just over $275 for their family of four.
Price for a four-person family: $293.74
It might be expensive when you head to see the defending World Series champions this year.
In 2022, the eventual champs’ ticket prices were the third-highest in MLB, coming in at $58.61 per person.
Even a league-low $9.30 for parking couldn’t offset those ticket prices. A family trip to Minute Maid Park cost nearly $300.
New York Yankees
Price for a four-person family: $302.86
The Yankees were one of only three teams in the league where a trip to the ballpark could cost families more than $300 in 2022.
Included in that high cost were the second-highest average ticket prices in the league ($61.59) and the second-costliest budget parking options ($26.50).
Price for a four-person family: $312.85
Seeing the Cubbies will cost you. A trip to Wrigley Stadium was 2022’s second-most expensive trip to the ballpark for a family of four.
Items working against you include the third-highest budget beer price in the league ($10.49) and the fourth-highest average ticket price ($56.83).
Wrigleyville is also the most expensive place to park in MLB, at $26.61 for the cheapest spots. You might want to take Chicago’s famous “L” train instead, which only costs $2.50 per person.
Boston Red Sox
Price for a four-person family: $324.37
Fenway Park is famous for its old-school charm and Green Monster, but your bank account may be in the red after watching the Red Sox. In 2022, family trips to Fenway were the most expensive in the league.
This was due in part to their league-high $61.71 per ticket for your family. Parking is also pricey, with the average cheapest spot coming in at $23.53.
Going to a baseball game can be relatively cheap or very expensive, depending on where you plan to see a game.
Each team runs ticket and concession specials throughout the year, so be sure to check their websites for opportunities to save in 2023.
Finally, remember to look for ways to earn cash back on your purchases after spending all that money for a day at the ballpark.