Catching a professional baseball game is hardly a cheap outing anymore, but a baseball game is about more than sitting in the stands and rooting for the home team. It’s also one of the best places each and every summer to enjoy a beer.
On average, two beers at a major league ballpark will run you $11.89, according to a study by GoBankingRates. That’s less than the average parking fee. But depending on your team of choice, it could cost a lot more.
For example, make a point to swing by the ATM if you’re going to see either the Cubs, Red Sox or Phillies. Drafts at each team’s stadium run $7.75 each, the most expensive in Major League Baseball. The least expensive beer can be found at an Indians or Diamondbacks game, costing just $4.
Curious who was the priciest and cheapest? Here’s the average price for two beers at each team’s home stadium.
1) Boston Red Sox – $15.50
2) Chicago Cubs – $15.50
3) Philadelphia Phillies – $15.50
4) Minnesota Twins – $15|
5) Atlanta Braves – $14.50
1) Cleveland Indians – $8
2) Arizona Diamondbacks – $8
3) Los Angeles Angels – $9
4) St. Louis Cardinals – $10 (tie)
4) Detroit Tigers – $10 (tie)
4) Tampa Bay Rays – $10 (tie)
4) Sand Diego Padres – $10 (tie)
4) Houston Astros – $10 (tie)
4) Texas Rangers – $10 (tie)
4) Oakland Athletics – $10 (tie)
What’s especially interesting is how some of America’s biggest beer cities fell in the breakdown.
For instance, take Milwaukee. It’s one of the hubs of big beer – and the park’s title sponsor is Miller Brewing Co. So you might expect beers to be a little less expensive, but they run $6 apiece.
Similarly, in Denver, where the Colorado Rockies play at Coors Field, you’ll pay $6 for a beer – even though Blue Moon Brewing Co has a brewery located in the stadium.
The two craft beer hubs with major league teams, meanwhile, go in opposite directions. San Francisco will charge you $7 for a beer at a Giant’s game. But down in San Diego, a craft beer stronghold, you’ll pay just $5 – and you’ll have your choice of one of the widest (and most enticing ) selections of beers of any major league stadium. (In all fairness, though, if you want a big glass of one of the local brews, it’s going to cost you a lot more than $5.)