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6 Reasons Low-Cost Minor League Baseball Packs Are Fun

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Peanuts and crackers apparently aren’t cheap these days.

The average cost for a party of four to attend a Major League Baseball game in 2022 is nearly $257, according to Team Marketing Report. With the average ticket price being around $36, that means a party of four will spend over $100 on parking and concessions!

The good news, however, is that baseball fans have an alternative. There are 120 minor league teams spread across the United States, with a few even based in the Dominican Republic and Canada.

That’s four times the number of Major League Baseball teams – from Tacoma to Toledo, Albuquerque to Amarillo, Syracuse to San Jose and hundreds of cities in between. So not only do you have more access to professional baseball, but you can also watch a game for a lot less money.

If you love baseball and haven’t watched a minor league baseball game, you’re missing out. Here is what you will experience.

6 Reasons to Attend Minor League Baseball

1. Closer to the action for a lot less

Ticket prices are much lower during minor league games, which is understandable. Although you won’t see big stars like Shohei Ohtani, Mookie Betts and Ronald Acuña Jr., the rising stars of the future will be there.

Seeing these starving young minor league baseball players up close for the same price as nosebleed seats in an MLB stadium is a rewarding experience.

How much cheaper is it to watch a minor league game?

The most recent Minor League Baseball Fan Cost Survey found the average cost for a family of four just under $70. This average price covers the cost of two adult tickets, two child tickets, four hot dogs, four drinks and parking.

Compare that to the current average cost of a Major League Baseball game for a family of four ($257) and that’s a savings of $187. In other words, you could watch almost four minor league games for the price of one major league game!

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2. Eat like a king?

While classic hot dogs and beer will cost you about the same at any ballpark, minor league stadiums have some of the most unique dishes on their menus.

Minor league baseball is even known to have a food fight contest to showcase all the culinary delights served in ballparks across the country.

Some Minor League Menu Highlights include Memphis Redbirds BBQ nachos, Frisco Roughriders baked potato, Wilmington Blue Rocks donut dog (yes, a hot dog in two glazed donuts) and Aberdeen Ironbirds steamed crabs.

Finally, let’s not forget the Hickory Crawdads’ CLAWlossal – a foot-long chili cheese dog, pub fries, a half-pound burger, a pulled pork sandwich, a corn dog, five onion rings, two jalapeño poppers, and two pickle spears — all for a not-so-cheap $40, or $25 if you challenge yourself to eat the whole shebang in one round or less. Your reward? A CLAWlossal T-shirt, your photo on the CLAWlossal Wall of Fame and your money back.

3. Enjoy the uniqueness of minor league ballparks

One of the interesting things about a minor league baseball game is the number of interesting baseball fields they unfold in.

Take in views of downtown Nashville with a giant guitar-shaped scoreboard in right field at First Horizon Park where the Nashville Sounds play. Take in views of Pensacola Bay at Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium, named the Southern League’s Baseball Stadium of the Year.

There’s Victory Field, one of the biggest premier parks in the minor leagues, in Indianapolis – the home of the Indianapolis Indians. And MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi — home of the Biloxi Shuckers — overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and just steps from the Beau Rivage Casino that overlooks the outfield.

4. Take advantage of amazing promotions

Like fireworks? Many teams, like the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and the Chattanooga Lookouts, hold multiple fireworks shows throughout the season – some even have fireworks every week.

But minor league teams don’t stop at the fireworks. There’s a whole bunch of creative promotional evenings scheduled for 2022

In May 2022, the Frisco RoughRiders hosted an “It’s Gotta Be May Night,” featuring N’Sync’s Chris Kirkpatrick (apparently JT had other plans) and a celebration of pop culture in the 1990s.

In April, the St. Paul Saints welcomed Leslie David Baker (Stanley of Office) to celebrate National Pretzel Day.

The Buffalo Bisons hold an annual Star Wars night with fans wearing Star Wars-related costumes and the players dressed in Emperor Palpatine-themed jerseys that are auctioned off after the game.

And because the minor leagues love food promotions, many teams have recently begun temporarily renaming their names to regional foods. Examples include Fresno Tacos, Augusta Pimento Cheese, Akron JoJos (potato wedges), Manchester Chicken Tenderloin, and Peoria Pork Tenderloin.

5. Get easier access to players

While pre-game autograph lines are long and crowded along the outfield line in MLB stadiums, they are much less so at a minor league baseball game. Not only that, but minor league players tend to be much more willing to spend a few minutes signing autographs.

If you get to the field early enough for batting practice, many “ball-kissing” outfielders are usually more than willing to throw a ball or two to the fans in the stands.

Since only a small percentage of minor league players end up joining major league teams, you probably won’t see a future Hall of Famer. But you never know.

Many minor league teams also schedule appearances with famous former players or celebrities.

One final tip: Sometimes Major League Baseball teams send players to a minor league affiliate when they return from injury. Young Atlanta Braves superstar Ronald Acuña Jr. played several games for the team’s AAA affiliate, the Gwinnett Stripers, while returning from a knee injury in early 2022.

If you follow baseball news, you could land tickets to the start of a superstar player’s rehab in the minors.

6. Take the kids to the old ball game

Even kids who love baseball can struggle to sit still for the entire game, especially during breaks between innings.

That’s why many minor league ballparks have a kids’ center, where the younger members of your family can take a break without forcing you to leave the game early.

Each children’s center varies, so check with your local team to see if there’s a place your little one will love.

Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa features a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and a 300-foot-long zipline. Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas has a lazy river in right field. Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva, Illinois has a bouncy house, skeeball and slides. And First Horizon Park in Nashville, Tennessee, features a miniature golf course past right field.

Most minor league teams offer discounted tickets for kids, while some even let kids enter for free on scheduled dates. Many also offer post-game activities for kids, like the chance to run the bases.

Robert Bruce is a lead writer for The Penny Hoarder.

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