View Full Version : How much do you usually spend at a game?

06-18-2005, 02:04 AM
Just wondering how many of your George Washingtons go to Uncle Jerry's pocket whenever you go to a game...Do a breakdown if you can...

06-18-2005, 02:07 AM
Just wondering how many of your George Washingtons go to Uncle Jerry's pocket whenever you go to a game...Do a breakdown if you can...

Ticket aside, I usually get a Pepsi [$3.50], a hot dog [$4.00], and one other item [churro or dippin dots, say, $3.00]. So besides the ticket, about $10-$11.

Although I only make it to 5 or 6 games a season.

06-18-2005, 02:12 AM
Last game I was at, the Sunday afternoon loss to Cleveland, I blew $67 on tickets (:angry: Ticketmaster), another 17 on parking, an I'm sure I went through 20-30 for food/drink.

06-18-2005, 02:13 AM
Let's see...

Early Bird Parking=$8
Food for tailgate=$12
12 pack of beer (NO, I DON'T drink the entire case myself, it's split between one or two of my friends)=$8
One more beer during the game to keep the buzz going=$5.25
White Sox Winner=Priceless (sorry, I couldn't resist...)

So for the game I spend appx. $35 above what the ticket costs. Of that, $13.25 or so goes to Uncle Jerry and the rest goes to that Jewel on Halsted before you get to 35th...

06-18-2005, 02:14 AM
With the family, I usually budget $10-$15 a head. My son is just now old enough to give him money, let him decide what he wants to eat & trust it won't all be spent on ice cream & junk. Hot dogs, brats, & pizza are his faves. My daughter is usually happy with a hot dog. Of course, on Dollar Dog Thursdays, their menu is dictated.

When it's boy's night out, the budget is expanded to $20 - $40 to cover the bar tab.

Edit: I left out the price of tickets and transportation - the thread said "at the game", which I interpreted to mean once you're in the park.
I keep a keen eye out for any ticket bargains these days. Usually take the Blue line from Forest Park to the Red Line, so that's $3.50/ head too, plus $3 to park.


06-18-2005, 02:20 AM
Todays game I spent well over $100.

I spent $8.00 for parking. (early bird special).

I bought 2 tickets for myself and my girlfriend at $35.00 a piece.

I bought 5 beers at $5.75 a piece.

2 burritos at $4.00 a piece.

Plus I went to Grandstands and bought a $17.00 shirt and a $20.00 hat.

And then Im going to tomorrows game and probably will spend the same amount.

06-18-2005, 02:27 AM
Parking's free for me...With the Bridgeport resident decal on my car, I just drive up to 34th and Wells and park on the street. I rarely eat at the stadium, since I do that at home beforehand, so all I basically spend is on the price of the ticket.

06-18-2005, 02:28 AM
Usually since I paid for the tix, my boyfriend will pay for parking (17.00, and my food: a hot dog and a drink, along with his) so it all evens out...However, tonight was a dif story: 2 beers,3 margaritas, 3 hotdogs and a slice of pizza....forget how easily these things all add up. But it was worth it...I got my boyfriends hat signed by Aaron Rowland!

06-18-2005, 02:38 AM
1 hot dog with onions and mustard $4 that is usually all I buy. Sometimes ill get a beer so 4 or 9.50 a game.

06-18-2005, 03:09 AM
Parking $17

Ticket(s) $20-40

Beer $5.50-$55

Food $10-20


06-18-2005, 03:17 AM
Just wondering how many of your George Washingtons go to Uncle Jerry's pocket whenever you go to a game...Do a breakdown if you can...

I am dropping about 50 not including the ticket and/or parking.

06-18-2005, 03:22 AM
The Sox are one of a very few things I don't mind dropping cash on. I love them more than anything else in the world, and if it means dropping $100+ per game, so be it. I'm not doing it because I think that if I buy another beer the Sox will spend that on payroll, but rather the fact that if I can choose any one place in the world at any given time to be, it would be at the Cell watching the Sox play ball. Dropping $100+ is worth it to me.

A.T. Money
06-18-2005, 03:28 AM
I spend too much. I have to save for a honeymoon and the Sox are making it too hard with their winning ways.

Mr. White Sox
06-18-2005, 03:42 AM
...I got my boyfriends hat signed by Aaron Rowland!

Is he some new call-up, and is he related to that chick in destiny's child? Interesting...I'll have to think on that.

Unfortunately, I'm not 21 yet, so I'm not buying beer, but then again, I'm not buying insanely expensive beer:D:. Guess that's one way to look at it. I usually spend $8-10 at a game for any combination of 2 of either hot dogs, polish/brats, or pizza. Throw in a lemon chill on a really hot day. Yum.

Oh, and ticketmaster sucks, for obvious reasons.:angry:

06-18-2005, 03:49 AM
I spend too much. I have to save for a honeymoon and the Sox are making it too hard with their winning ways.

Have your honeymoon at Comiskey??? :cool:

06-18-2005, 08:12 AM
2 tickets $50
2 Polish [how much are the Polish? I don't even know]
2 bottles water [again, I don't pay attention to the price]
2 beer $11 [on average]
1 bag o' peanuts [price?]
1 more bottle of water
1 super big black coffee [$?]
1 root beer float [on occasion]
tips for the vendors $10 - $15
parking - free
This is my list for an average game that in which I purposely starve myself before the game so I can eat all the goodies at the park. I don't know all the prices, but if someone can provide them, I'd be interested in seeing how much I'm dropping per game.

06-18-2005, 08:52 AM
when do you have to be there for earlybird parking?

06-18-2005, 08:59 AM
IF you want tickets, go to the advanced ticket window when at a game. There are no added charges. That's what I do. I go to my first Sox game and buy my tickets then. I buy additional tickets at other games I'm at.

For me:
$30 for 2 half price Monday tickets in Lower Deck Box
$17 parking
$12 for 3 Best Kosher dogs with onions
$3.25 for Pepsi
$52.25 total
damn, never knew it costs hat much
Going on Monday

06-18-2005, 09:00 AM
when do you have to be there for earlybird parking?

The special is in lot G and you must get there at least 1.5 hours before gametime.

06-18-2005, 09:03 AM
Well let's see..I usually buy a hot dog, which is about $3-$4(?)...a bottle of Pepsi or Mountain Dew (about $3), and a couple of churros ($2.50?)...so that's somewhere around $12. Occasionally I might substitute a personal pizza or a burrito for the hot dog, which are priced a little higher, but I don't usually go over around $15 for food. If I get there early, the early bird parking is (I forget) $8? I don't buy any merchandise at the park (it's way overpriced) but since I'm good at managing my money I won't blow anywhere near over $100 at a game just on myself.

Btw, if my prices are off, it's because I haven't been to a game this year yet..my first one will be this Wed, June 22....hopefully they didn't jack up the prices too much from last year!

06-18-2005, 10:10 AM
0$ on parking/ or/ 3.50$ on Red Line

8$-24$ on tickets

0.30$ on water i brought in

4$ on Best Kosher

optional 2.75$? on peanuts

Max Power
06-18-2005, 10:10 AM
Roundtrip el ride from Evanston: $3.50 (a bargain)
Tickets: $15-$25 (usually upper deck reserved)
2 kosher dogs with mustard and onions: $8
Total: $31.50 or so

06-18-2005, 10:50 AM
I get about 10 sets of sunday tickets free from my dad's company, I purchased all the rest either half price mondays or discounts using the online discount list or coupons.

So my average expenditure per ticket is $7-10. I usually get 2, one for me, one for GF or guest.

About $3 for CTA fare there and back, since I have a 30 day pass.

I usually bring water and peanuts - Walgreens and Jewel have both for much cheaper than the ballpark. Usually no more than $4 total.

If I am hungry for "dinner" I'll get some pizza, nachos, or a polish with onions. So $4.

A scorecard for $1.

So my daily total is usually $18-$20. With this budget, I can go to 30+ games this year.

Without half price mondays, 2-for-1 Tuesdays, etc. I would probably be able to go to 10 tops.

So whatever Brooks wants to say about discounts devaluing the brand, screw that. They make more money from my 30 games of attendance than they'd make from someone else going 3 times because they had to pay $35 for a ticket and $17 for parking.

06-18-2005, 11:26 AM
Being down from the Illinois State University area, 3 friends come with me. We split gas 4 ways...so that's $5 a pop. We split parking so that's another $4 a pop. We get the upper deck tickets on Mon or Tues at $9 a pop. So we spend about $20 for the day per person. For 4 people, that's not bad to see a major league game. I'm lucky enough to usually walk into free tickets from family friends.

I have good access to Devil Rays tickets when I visit my parents, so that's nice to get 4 $30 seats down there, especially when the Sox play. Parking is darn cheap, so those games cost me $5 and I can bring 3 others.

However, if you want to eat at the park, which I rarely do, it costs a heck of a lot more.

He gone
06-18-2005, 11:57 AM
Last game May 31st

$146 for 4 tickets
$17 parking
$4 program
$21 for 7 hotdogs
$7 for 2 cups of curly fries
$7 for 2 bottles of pop
$2 cotton candy
$8 for pink bat (daughter)
$7 for sox ball (son)

$221 not counting gas to get there :?:

Watching Jermaine Dye hit a Walk-Off Homerun............. Priceless :bandance:

06-18-2005, 12:15 PM
Ugh...I don't want to do this cause I might stop going to games!

Ticket $30
Parking $17
Gas $30
Beer ~$20
Food ~$10
Total ~$107 and that is if I don't bring my lady or treat someone else (add another $30 for the ticket then)

06-18-2005, 12:38 PM
$20 my ticket

3 beers $18

1 dog $4.75

1 scorecard $1

L-ticket $3.50

about $56 for a night

i have a seasons ticket, but i did include the price in this poll.

06-18-2005, 02:54 PM
For me and the GF combined:

$52 for tix (season seats)

$7.00 CTA fare

$10-12 on food. She usually gets chicken strips, I go with a polish or steak pita.

$6 on soda/water.

$33-44 on beer plus tips.

06-18-2005, 03:49 PM
Well, I'm not going to factor in tickets because between the weekend ticket package and the various discounts that's so damn variable it's not worth trying to figure. Plus it does say "at the game" in the thread title.

On a cheap day I'll drop $10 on a dog and a polish and a pepsi.

On an expensive day closer to $30 to add in Nachos and Sox Split raffle tix (Does anyone ever win those???) and miscellaneous food stuffs.

If the GF is at the game, all bets are off. Especially if we pass by any of the gift shops :D:

06-18-2005, 04:16 PM
The last few years I went to half price nights for the most part. This year, I bought tickets to several games on ebay before the season started. I only bought one pair of tickets from Ticketbastard (tonights game-which I had to sell due to a prior commitment:angry: ). I usually go with just the girlfriend, so here is how it breaks down.

Jewel peanuts: 2
Ferro's on 31st before the game: $8
Diet Pepsi: 3.50 (gf doesnt drink soda)

That comes out to $30.50. Ferro's is the way to go if you get to the park early. The food is great, plus you can bring it into the park. If we dont make it to Ferro's, we usually get a couple of brats or nachos. I never drink at the game because 1)$5.50 is way too much for me to pay for beer, and 2)I don't drink Swiller. I guess $30.50 isnt too bad, but its the parking that kills you. I can't wait until the Metra stop opens on 35th.

06-18-2005, 09:09 PM
tickets - $15ish (try to get a deal from a scalper, or i usually just get UD)
the el - $3.75 (i take the el only about half the time, the other half i park for free off state street)
I ALWAYS get a sounvier pepsi (they just taste better at the ballpark)
sometimes i might go to omalleys, about $7 there
usually a hot dog at the ball park
scorecard every game and a program if its a new one

so all otgether, i try to keep it under $40

06-18-2005, 09:14 PM
i used to go hotdog crazy there, but lately i buy a nacho if anything at all, the cheap-ass in me cant justify spending $6 on a beer. If i wanted to spend $6 on a beer i'd go up north to casey moran's

06-18-2005, 09:39 PM
Im shocked that all of you guys are willing to spend so much. Now I feel even worse about my friends reeming me and my cheap ways.

I only pay for tickets. I might bring bottled water from home. Or some snacks. The only thing Ill buy is beer, but we all now how expensive that is. I got a U-Pass, so not paying for the eL either. So just tickets, and the only time I dont sit in the Upper Reserved is on Mondays and if somene else is paying. Maybe if I went to less games, Id be willing to pay more.

06-18-2005, 09:45 PM
My wife and I will spend $7 total on the red line. $2 to park at Cumberland. $7 on Pepsi. We usually eat at Jimbos for lunch, then go to my grandmas for supper, she lives in Bridgeport. So all in all we get by pretty cheap. Our tickets are usually complimentary or at a reduced rate because I'm in the military.

06-23-2005, 07:57 PM
:D: Gas from Indiana to Sox Park: $25.00
Parking $12.00
Tickets $35.00
Beers $22.00
Great Sox Food $20.00
Program $4.00
Opportunity To See Next World

Sox Record With Me In Attendence
In 2005 3-0

06-23-2005, 09:20 PM
wow yall spend a lot :o:

06-23-2005, 09:27 PM
I usually go on half price Monday and sit in the UD behind the plate, so that's about 10 bucks. Parking is 17, though I usually split that with someone, so 8.50. And I'll generally spend no more than 8 bucks on food, which consists of a pretzel and a diet pepsi or a polish and DP. So about 25-30 dollars on average.

06-23-2005, 09:43 PM
ticket 7-35$ usually the cheaper seats on tuesdays but on occasion ill splurge and get closer to the action
parking 17$
tailgating food 10$
12er of rolling rock (yes for myself, we do get there 2-3 hours early of course) 8$
churro 2.50$
miller lite 5.25$

Ive been to 8 games this year. At this rate ill probably end up at about 20. Hopefully some postseason games as well.:)

06-23-2005, 10:10 PM
We were up in the Chi-town this week, and we spent as follows:

$17 for parking x 3 games (BOOOOO!)
$52 a seat (x2) during the Dodgers game
$13 (x2) for tix at Wednesday's game
$26 (x2) for Monday's game

$15.50 each game (2 brats, 2 diet pepsi)
$ 5 churros
sox pride wristbands (3 x $2)
a bunch of vendor T shirts (10 bucks apiece)
We dropped a pretty penny, and I also bought my Buehrle jersey.
Jerry got a lot of my money, as he does every year.

BTW, had a great time hanging out with Realist. Really cool fella. Dude, when we get back up there in August, we're drinkin' hard with you, Marko!

Ol' No. 2
06-23-2005, 10:33 PM
It varies some from game to game and who goes. We typically get a hot dog and a drink (pop or beer) for each person. We might get nachos to share or peanuts. If my granddaughter is with us, cotton candy is obligatory. We might add churros or pretzels or something else. Sometimes we have brats instead of hot dogs. It also depends how long the game goes. (Buehrle is a real money-saver.) I guess we'll normally spend about $50 for 4 people.

The Critic
06-24-2005, 07:18 AM
When I go alone: No parking ( take public trans ), maybe 2 beers ( approx $12 with tip ), MAYBE something to eat, but not usually.

When I bring the wife and kid: Parking ( $17, we're never there early enough to do the $8 special ), a cotton candy for the daughter ( $3 ), a Pepsi for the Mrs. ( $3.50? ), and maybe a beer for me ( $6 ).
We bring a liter of water and stuff to eat in a clear plastic bag, as allowed by the Sox. That helps the wallet big-time.

Cat Thief
06-24-2005, 07:34 AM
4 half price uppers 2 kids and 2 of their friends $28
2 beers apiece for wife and I $22
Spending money for each kid ($10 a piece) $40
Wife has to get nachos every game w/extra cheese $5
Parking $0


This on the low end. When the wife and I go without the kids the beer bill rises sharply. Also, we get better tickets.There is no other way I would rather spend my money. I love this team more and more every time I go or watch on TV. I don't mind spending my money on a team that gives 100%.