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Does it really cost $201.72 to attend a game?

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Team Marketing Report has released their new numbers. You can look at the summary here and there's a download to the spreadsheet, but you might want to save bandwidth. I shall summarize the Padres for you...

Team Beer (oz.) Soda (oz.) Hot Dog Parking Program Cap AVG. TIX % CHANGE FCI % change
Padres
$6.50
16
$4.25
22
$4.00
$4.00
$5.00
$16.00
$27.43
5.5%
$201.72
5.3%

I'm not sure what to make of that. That FCI places us 13th most expensive, but the individual numbers appear way off. The increase in premium beer is well documented. I have no idea where the $4 parking comes from. The ticket prices are somewhat reasonable.

Here's what I would do if I was you and you wanted to enjoy a Padres game without spending.

  1. Learn to enjoy life without relying on the booze.
  2. Learn to enjoy life without relying on the high-fructose corn syrup.
  3. Make a sandwich at home and carry it in.
  4. Bring in an empty water bottle and learn to use the drinking fountain or tell Pad Squad Andre that you're a Gaslamp Baller
  5. Park on the street for free. Bring a small car and squeeze into a spot somewheres like the little blue area on the map.

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Granted, it's not necessarily a part of town that you really want to spend a whole lot of time in, but it's reasonably well lit. It's also a potentially high crime area and it smells a little bit like urine and burnt metal spoons, but you know... Anything to save a buck.

$201.72? PSHAW!