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Beer and Hot Dogs: Which ballparks charge most

cheap eats in cincy. mets getting scr8wed. this is news?

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:03 AM | 46 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. McCoy Posted: March 31, 2013 at 05:46 PM (#4400286)
According to the link you can get 42oz of beer and 5 hot dogs for under 20 dollars at a Diamonbacks game. That is insane. Same thing apparently also applies at Reds' games as well. The least amount of stuff your 20 dollars can buy is in Boston where you get a 12oz beer and two hot dogs for $16.25.
   2. Greg K Posted: March 31, 2013 at 05:53 PM (#4400292)
What kind of mental derangement would lead to a person buying food or drink at a sporting event?

I kid, I'm just constantly amazed that everyone isn't as cheap as me.
   3. JE (Jason) Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:03 PM (#4400294)
The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays did not respond to requests for 2013 stadium food prices.

So the AL East is also the toughest divison from which to solicit food and beverage pricing info?
   4. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:10 PM (#4400296)
2...I am. I really resent the prices at Fenway. A slice of pizza is 6 or 7 bucks. A hot dog is 4.25, I think. That's crazy.

When games lasted 2-2.5 hours, you could get away with waiting until after the game to get some refreshment, but with these 3.5 to 5 hour games at Fenway, I at least have to get a bottled water (3.25, I think).

   5. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4400307)
If you buy a hot dog inside Safeco, you've already decided not to purchase a delicious sausage from one of the many vendors right outside.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:23 PM (#4400308)
Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, is home to a $26 monster of a hot dog dubbed the "Boomstick," a 2-foot-long beef hot dog, smothered in chili, nacho cheese, jalapenos and caramelized onions on a potato bun.

Has this been reviewed by the BBTF gourmands? What wine would go with such a repast?
   7. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:42 PM (#4400322)
yankee

malbec i'm thinking

south American, Chilean maybe

something with a bit of spice
   8. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:42 PM (#4400323)
and i meant to write 'mets fans'in the intro

d8mmit
   9. bobm Posted: March 31, 2013 at 06:56 PM (#4400330)
What wine would go with such a repast?

Captain Morgan.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: March 31, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4400506)
The Yankees charge either $4.25 or $4.50 for a 20-ounce Diet Coke, iirc.
It's funny, because at least usually it's not the exact same product at the ballpark that you get elsewhere - it's a pizza slice a little larger than usual for triple the price, but ......

The 20-ounce sodas, though, are the same product and same size sold for $1.25 or so in vending machines and maybe $1.79 at a 7-11.

At least it has a lot of nutritional val-- - oh, wait.
   11. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: March 31, 2013 at 09:59 PM (#4400520)
Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, is home to a $26 monster of a hot dog dubbed the "Boomstick," a 2-foot-long beef hot dog, smothered in chili, nacho cheese, jalapenos and caramelized onions on a potato bun.

Has this been reviewed by the BBTF gourmands? What wine would go with such a repast?


Harvey's not right about the Malbec. The jalapenos will generally ruin any red wine served with it; the correct answer would be a big, slighty sweet white; a big alsatian white, made in the modern style with some residual sugar, could be nice. Alternatively, a bigger German riesling; something from the Pfalz, perhaps.

Sans jalepenos, its a more interesting question. Personally, I think a Southern Rhone would be a great match, particularly one with a lot of grenache; the "sweetness" of the grenache fruit could stand up the caramelized onions and would contrast nicely with the salty snap of a good hotdog, but those are big wines that wont seem lean or austere against the nacho "cheese".
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM (#4400523)
What kind of mental derangement would lead to a person buying food or drink at a sporting event?

I kid, I'm just constantly amazed that everyone isn't as cheap as me.


I consider the game to be a night out, oftentimes that means budget isn't considered as a constraint.(sometimes that isn't true of course, if I receive free tickets that I didn't plan on) I think once a month, going to a game, buy what you want(usually a program, 2-3 lemonades, maybe a hot dog etc.) Considering that I spend less than $50($0 most months) a month on restaurants I think that is a fair tradeoff.
   13. Good cripple hitter Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM (#4400524)
The Yankees charge either $4.25 or $4.50 for a 20-ounce Diet Coke, iirc.
It's funny, because at least usually it's not the exact same product at the ballpark that you get elsewhere - it's a pizza slice a little larger than usual for triple the price, but ......

The 20-ounce sodas, though, are the same product and same size sold for $1.25 or so in vending machines and maybe $1.79 at a 7-11.


Is that uncommon in ballparks? I'm pretty sure the Jays charge the same price, give or take a quarter.
   14. Red Menace Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:09 PM (#4400528)
I don't know about other parks but the Reds allow you to bring in soft sided coolers with sealed plastic bottles. Of course its not hard to make some of your drinks hard alcohol if you're so inclined. I never see many people taking advantage of it.
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM (#4400529)
I don't know about other parks but the Reds allow you to bring in soft sided coolers with sealed plastic bottles. Of course its not hard to make some of your drinks hard alcohol if you're so inclined. I never see many people taking advantage of it.


I was under the impression that most teams allowed you to bring that in(with the Astros being a notable exception) I'm not sure about in New York and after 9/11 with companies trying their damndest to cash in on the fear.
   16. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4400534)
What kind of mental derangement would lead to a person buying food or drink at a sporting event?

I kid, I'm just constantly amazed that everyone isn't as cheap as me.


I'm in your camp. I can afford it, I just find being ripped off irritating. Don't know why more people don't stick a sandwich in one pocket and a can or bottle of something in the other.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4400545)

I think the Yankees would let you walk in with a bottle of water with no cap on it (tough to be a projectile if it will dribble out quickly upon tossing. I know that a lot of NFL teams do that; you get a 'bottle' of beer that really is plastic, and either they don't give you the cap or it gets poured into a cup).

   18. depletion Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:37 PM (#4400556)
I can understand no cans or glass going into the park. The Nats stopped me from going into RFK with an apple in my pocket, so I scarfed it down quickly before entering. Friend and I hoofed it to Burger King in Flushing and back before a game at Shea. Not luxury, but it worked. Also, a massive bag of peanuts is rather filling and goes well with both soda and beer. I do like to buy a hot dog at the park as it is Americana and all that dreck.
   19. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 31, 2013 at 10:46 PM (#4400564)
A lukewarm hot dog in a cold roll at Griffith Stadium in the 50's: 15 cents

A 10 ounce Coke in a paper cup that consisted about 90% of melted ice: 10 cents

An ice cream bar that was half melted by the time you've bought it from a vendor: 15 cents

A megaphone of popcorn that was popped about a week before it was sold, sprayed with buttered lard, and stored in a room full of hungry rats: 15 cents

The experience of ptomaine poisoning at a baseball game: priceless
   20. JE (Jason) Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:36 PM (#4400591)
I think the Yankees would let you walk in with a bottle of water with no cap on it (tough to be a projectile if it will dribble out quickly upon tossing. I know that a lot of NFL teams do that; you get a 'bottle' of beer that really is plastic, and either they don't give you the cap or it gets poured into a cup).

The Nats allow into the ballpark Ziploc-ked food and unopened bottles of water.
   21. jdennis Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:54 PM (#4400595)
when i am a billionaire and i buy the red stockings, i shall move the fences such that the dimensions are 340-450-435-450-340, and i shall have the team wear the overcoats with the olde english c on the front and the short-billed hats from 1869 for the first and last home series of the season, and i shall instruct the team to have the lead batsman frequently drag bunt the first pitch of the game, and i shall do away with rotations and put in my pitchmen willy nilly, and i shall sign all of my top prospects to 12-year contracts with no-trade clauses at the minimum salary and only negotiate the bonus, and i shall charge my guests a dollar for a fountain soda-pop. yes, it will be a grand old time.
   22. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 01, 2013 at 07:04 AM (#4400644)
You can't bring anything into Fenway. You can try, but they frisk you if you look like you're "carrying". The bastrads.
   23. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: April 01, 2013 at 07:43 AM (#4400647)
Nats park a beer is up to 9 bucks, 975 if you want to Ty an exotic brew like a Heineken. I did have a reasonably priced and delicious frito pie on Friday, but the beer prices mean my flask will be returning this year.
   24. Greg K Posted: April 01, 2013 at 08:21 AM (#4400656)
I once brought a weed pipe with three of four inter-changeable heads all in a velvet-lined box the size of a large hard-cover book into the SkyDome*. The lady baggage examiner opened it up and looked at me like I was an idiot, but just said, "you know you can't smoke this during the game, right?" and let me through with it.

*It was actually a gift for a friend, and I had been too stupid to plan out the logistics of shopping and then going to a Jays game.
   25. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 01, 2013 at 08:29 AM (#4400659)
You can't bring anything into Fenway. You can try, but they frisk you if you look like you're "carrying". The bastrads.


Actually you can bring any wrapped up food and sealed bottled water. About half the time I bring a sub to the game and the other half I buy my sausage from a street vendor. Bringing stuff into Fenway is quite easy.

Yes they "check" every bag but that amounts to them opening the bag, looking to make sure there isn't an AK-47 sitting on top and then put the little sticker on the bag that tells the ticket taker you aren't a mass murderer.
   26. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: April 01, 2013 at 09:18 AM (#4400692)
Fenway EXPLICITLY allows food inside. You can bring in a full pizza, in the box. I always walk in with a sausage in one hand and my ticket in the other. There's no restrictions at all on food into Fenway.

You can't bring liquids. One 16oz bottle of sealed water, per person, is the limit.
   27. BDC Posted: April 01, 2013 at 09:33 AM (#4400705)
Has this been reviewed by the BBTF gourmands?

I've seen the $26 hotdog. Never seen anyone buy one, though, which is troubling; if you actually got a group together to purchase one (no single human could eat one), it would probably have been sitting there all week stinking on ice.
   28. puck Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:03 AM (#4400785)
Are these hot dogs all the same? The Rockies entry lists 3 dogs for $6.75, but I'm pretty sure they sell larger dogs for more like $5. Are the Mets and other teams like that really selling the shrinky dogs for over $5?

Edit: though I guess why not, considering many club's beer prices.
   29. Fly should without a doubt be number !!!!! Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:27 AM (#4400806)
I know Fenway has their own specific brand of dog, and obviously the Dodger Dog is a Farmer John Dodger Dog. So no, they are all different.
   30. JE (Jason) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:37 AM (#4400812)
As someone who doesn't eat bread or drink beer during Passover, I will probaly save $30 today at Nats Park. I won't be happy about it though.
   31. DL from MN Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:38 AM (#4400813)
You can bring food into Target Field as well. I usually do bring a snack of some sort. They have a few "dollar dog" nights where you can buy up to two hot dogs for $1.
   32. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 01, 2013 at 12:15 PM (#4400863)
Ah. I stand corrected.

I only went twice last year. Once with Fly, and once with my bride. Good times, both.
   33. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 12:48 PM (#4400916)
Beer prices at stadiums aren't that different from what you'd pay at a restaurant or bar in Manhattan, so it doesn't seem that shocking to me. That said, I rarely buy beer at games unless someone else is paying. The food is overpriced but I think you get more bang for your buck with something other than a hot dog.

EDIT: nevermind.
   34. BDC Posted: April 01, 2013 at 12:56 PM (#4400928)
Beer prices at stadiums aren't that different from what you'd pay at a restaurant or bar in Manhattan

I've been paying $9-$10 for 24 ounces of really good draft beer (Rahr's Texas Red, for choice) at the Ballpark in recent years. $10 beer sounds insane, but you'd pay $5 or $6 for 12 or 16 ounces of such beer at a bar in Dallas, so you're exactly right, plus you're at the ballgame, live a little.

$8.50 for a 16-oz. metal "bottle" of Miller Lite or Bud Light Lime, OTOH, is unfathomable, and I reckon that's what brings on complaints from fans. Who should just stop buying it. Life is short, and money can be exchanged for goods and services :)
   35. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 01, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4400938)
The Yankees charge either $4.25 or $4.50 for a 20-ounce Diet Coke, iirc.


Were ballparks subject to Bloomberg's soda ban?
   36. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4401179)
I had an outstanding chili cheese dog ($4) in Fort Myers at the Twins spring training complex (home of the FSL Miami Miracle). Each element -- dog, cheese, and chili -- was first-rate.
   37. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:15 PM (#4401214)
I always walk in with a sausage in one hand and my ticket in the other.


You can get arrested for that.
   38. JE (Jason) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 05:26 PM (#4401459)
Were ballparks subject to Bloomberg's soda ban?

IIRC, they are exempt.
   39. Morty Causa Posted: April 01, 2013 at 05:34 PM (#4401471)
I had an outstanding chili cheese dog ($4) in Fort Myers at the Twins spring training complex (home of the FSL Miami Miracle). Each element -- dog, cheese, and chili -- was first-rate.


What kind of bun? Homemade or commercial?
   40. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 01, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4401485)
During the Nationals' historic, authoritative, record-shattering trouncing of the mighty, mighty Marlins today on their way to a 162-0 record it was revealed that the Strasburger would no longer be served in the glass-enclosed confines of Nats Park. The reason given was that "people took it as a challenge to eat one". Go figure that one out.

I'm guessing the real reason is that Dr. Oz threatened to sue them for endangering the cardiovascular systems of visitors to Nats Park. So you'll just have to spend your pennies and dimes on hot dogs and other fare.
   41. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 01, 2013 at 06:16 PM (#4401511)
Fenway EXPLICITLY allows food inside. You can bring in a full pizza, in the box. I always walk in with a sausage in one hand and my ticket in the other. There's no restrictions at all on food into Fenway.

You can't bring liquids. One 16oz bottle of sealed water, per person, is the limit.


Sounds weird. Is there a rationale for that.
   42. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: April 01, 2013 at 06:58 PM (#4401557)
I guess if it's sealed it can't have booze in it.
   43. Greg K Posted: April 01, 2013 at 07:32 PM (#4401579)
I remember going to day-long festival concerts as a teenager, where the ability to remove 2-litre water bottle caps without breaking the seal, and then filling the bottle with vodka, was a much envied skill.
   44. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: April 01, 2013 at 08:18 PM (#4401606)
Ah. Makes sense.

@11: that 'zop can write such a lucid description of what wine would go well with an exotic dog is inspirational.
   45. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 01, 2013 at 11:43 PM (#4401734)
What kind of bun? Homemade or commercial?


Embarrassed to admit I can't recall. More embarrassed to admit that I was embarrassed I couldn't recall as I typed my original post.
   46. villageidiom Posted: April 02, 2013 at 08:01 AM (#4401806)
A megaphone of popcorn that was popped about a week before it was sold, sprayed with buttered lard, and stored in a room full of hungry rats: 15 cents
And we liked it that way!

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