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Thanks to everyone who entered the $200 ticket raffle we hosted via Score Big. The big winner of $200 in ticket credit was email subscriber Dean Hirsch! Congrats, Dean.
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Many of you know that one of my favorite places to recommend for ticket deals is ScoreBig.com. They've setup a drawing just for Ballpark Savvy this week, where anyone signing up for an account will be entered into a drawing for a $200 credit for tickets on their site. There is no purchase necessary to win, simply sign up for an account.
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After signing up, if you find some tickets you want, save $20 on any order of $75 or more on MLB tickets with code BALLPARKSAVVY20.
Sign up now as entries for the $200 giveaway have to be in by July 21st! Feel free to share the drawing link to friends.
Kevin Davis is following a dream to see all 30 ballparks in one season, and in the process plans to make a coffee table book chronicling the journey with tons of high quality photos. I'm all about people following a dream! Kevin is looking to get some help from baseball fans around the country to make this a reality, so check out his Kickstarter project.
Often on this site we'll recommend looking for hotels near the ballpark, because it comes with a ton of built in advantages. Here is a post from guest blogger Chris Mehfoud on his recent trip to Baltimore and staying in a hotel with a view of Camden Yards.
Thanks to reader James, I was recently made aware of this story on STL Today which said that there will be no more free metered parking on Saturdays in downtown St. Louis. The change takes place in July 2013, so unless it is an evening game, you'll need to look for other options discussed in the Busch Stadium Guide. Meters are in effect until 7 pm, so keep that in mind.
Another interesting note from the story is "The standard fine for parking at an expired meter is $10 — which could still be cheaper than paying to park in a garage." So, if a Saturday game starts around 4PM you may want to put 2 hours worth of change in the meter and then take your chances about getting a ticket prior to 7 PM. With a $10 fine, the "worst case" scenario isn't all that bad...
By Christopher Mehfoud
So you’re stuck at the airport, and they’ve asked you to extend your layover for another flight later that night. Or maybe you’re meeting someone else who’s flight was delayed. Either way, you have nothing to do at an airport for more than six to ten hours at least, in a city that you don’t live in.
This situation might be rare, but another situation could be that you’re not a fan of traveling via bus, taxi, and want to avoid the cost of renting a car from the airport. The good news is, many times you are able to get from the airport to the ballpark without a car.
As the summer looms upon us, a fun early trip to batting practice might turn into a miserable afternoon (if the home team isn’t winning), because of the heat bouncing off of the seats. There are a few general tips that can help with these scorching day games: First, check out seats in the shade, the outfield bleachers tend to cook. Second, bring in water bottles, and find out where the facility distributes free ice or water. And third, before the game, check out the team store. Many ball parks have these open even before the gates and they are always air conditioned. With this tip, I’ll provide a warning, do not go into the team store with both money and kids: you might end up losing both (you’ll find the kids again, not so much on the money).
Several ball parks do unique things to help fans beat the heat. In a few ball parks, they’ll have misters distributed around the mezzanine, like in Las Vegas’ Cashman Field. In Lancaster, PA, there’s an independent league team that has bumper boats as a part of their park. At Chase Field, if you’re not able to get over their hot weather with their classic frozen water salesmen, you can get seats by the pool inside. Also, it helps to know that you’ll be beating the heat with a roof and an inside temperature of 77 degrees. And if you’re just trying to make the heat more comfortable, the Gateway Grizzlies, outside of St. Louis, provide a hot tub suite for a good summer time.
At US Cellular Field in Chicago, it’s a tradition to go to a humid uncomfortable day game to enjoy the outfield amenities. From the old Comiskey Park, they’ve brought back The Old Comiskey Park Shower in center field for fans to use to cool off. This shower is popular, and I’ve even heard rumors of it being duplicated. But if that doesn’t do it for you, they have misting stations all over, including the Rain Room in right field. It becomes a place where fans look forward to beating the heat.
You can take the subway to Yankee Stadium and greatly cut down on the hassle involved. I've been a couple times as an out of towner, and I can attest that paying all of the tolls and the $30+ for parking is no fun! If you don't want to fool with being in traffic and wasting gas, consider the subway.
There are a couple of options, the D or 4 train to 161st street, which is right by the stadium. There are also MTA trains on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven lines that drop you at 153rd street E, which leaves you about a $10 minute walk to Yankee Stadium. If you go the subway route, make sure you buy your round trip ticket ahead of time. The last thing you want to do is be standing in a line after the game, needing to buy your return ticket.
As far as cost, your round trip subway ticket to the Yankees game is going to be about $6 per person. Here are some links to more information:
MTA Yankee Stadium Summary
MTA Sports Page
Official Yankee Page
By Christopher Mehfoud
Several months before my brothers and best friend voyaged out to Dodger Stadium, there had been a couple of violent, arrest warranting fights between fans. Baseball fans are a unique bunch, and while it wasn't something we were concerned about, it was something we were aware of. After touring Los Angeles and getting a bite at Phillipe's Originals, an outstanding and nostalgic place that is credited with original French Dip sandwich, we decided to walk to the ballpark. It was a nice day, and we could walk around for a couple of hours before the gates opened and enjoy the scenery.
One idea we always tout is to save on ballpark prices by simply carrying in your own food. Many ballparks are okay with this, while almost all of them will at least let you take in bottled water. In Cincinnati you are welcome to take your own food and snacks into the ballpark.
With the emergence of the Banks right next door, the space was begging for an affordable take away option to feed this need. I am proud to announce that it is Jimmy Johns to the rescue! The sandwich shop has opened its doors near Johnny Rockets, so you can pick up a $5 sub and take it with you to the ballpark. No doubt if that same sandwich was sold