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Does it really cost $201.72 to attend a game?

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

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!