Saturday, January 15, 2011

Save money at an arena or stadium near you

Baseball season cannot come fast enough, but there's one thing I won't be looking forward to is the concession prices.  Defying inflation history, these prices seem to go up significantly every year.  If you are lucky, there are restaurants or outdoor vendors near the stadium so you can load up first.  Of course, you can always bring food to the game, but there are limitations, of course.

One thing to be cognizant of though, if you buy food at the stadium, is food size.  While you may think you are buying a large beer or soda, it might in fact be a small one in disguise as these fans found out.  Through a few tricks with cup shape and size, it appears that the same amount of beverage was sold at a higher price.  Not saying this happens everywhere, but it's something to be on the look out for.  And, by all means, don't buy the souvenir cups.  They charge more for them, and if you really want one, chances are that someone will leave one behind after the game.  Just a little soap and water will do.

Ironically, I am not as concerned with ticket prices.  According to Major League Baseball, and personal experience, some clubs are even lowering ticket prices for the 2011 season.  You can attribute low attendance and a flagging economic situation for most of the country still to blame for that.  Plus, with the proliferation in sites like Groupon, Living Social, Buy With Me, and others, there will be opportunities to obtain quality seats at a discount. 

Now, if only players could lower the salaries, that might have an impact, too.  Nah, that will never happen.