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Can You See A Ballgame – Cheap?

March 13, 2011

When I first landed in New York I was excited about seeing  some ball games. Basketball is my game of choice and I’ve been a fan of the Knicks as long as I can remember. So I went looking for season tickets, as I figured I was here so why not. WHY NOT? BECAUSE THEY ARE SO EXPENSIVE. Not just a little bit expensive but a lot. So I opted for specific games or hoped a friend’s wife would have a migraine so I can take her ticket (it did work a few times). Now we are in baseball season and it is possible to see some games on the cheap.

Case in point: Paul Katcher is a rabid Yankees fan. Not satisfied with attending only the 15 games in his partial-season Yankees package, he scours the secondary market for bargains. “even for a sold-out game, there will be 500 tickets available,” says Katcher, “It has never been easier to get to games.” Katcher logs on to FanSnap.com, where he compares ticket offers from secondary-market ticket providers. Last season he scooped up $29 grandstand seats for $5 or $6.

There are plenty of ways to save at game time. A weekday after-noon game is cheaper than nights or weekends, and games against less-popular teams cost less. For example, the Chicago-White Sox sell premium upper box seats (rows 1 through 6) on Mondays for $15. The same seats jump to $30 on other weeknights, to $34 on the weekend and to $44 if the team is playing the Yankees or Red Sox. Brown bagging it also cuts costs. Some teams, including the San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks, allow you to bring in your own food (but not alcohol). Or look for an all-in-one price for a seat and food. The Orioles Left Field Club Picnic Perch includes a pricey club-level seat and unlimited hot dogs, snacks and sodas for $45. The Los Angles Dodgers offer half-price food and drinks at some games. Avoid parking fees by taking public transportation or riding your bike. Stadiums such as the Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field offer bike racks and indoor bike cages at no charge.

 Maybe I should change my sport to baseball as basketball tickets are more expensive. Maybe the adage is the taller the players, the higher the ticket price ? At GAI (www.gunwel.com) our prices are the same during the playoffs or off-season. Give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit as we’d love to compare ticket prices for the various sporting events you’ve been to. You work hard for your money, let Gunwel Tax & Bookkeeping Service work smart to help you keep it! See you soon.

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