Thursday, April 3, 2008

Gluttony & Baseball go hand and hand

Looks like the days of heading the old ball game and buying some peanuts and Cracker Jacks are over. Michael McCarthy of the USA Today writes and arcle talking about the new thing many ballparks are doing to drive more people into the game. Hang onto your wallets, and loosen up that up on this you gluttons.

By Michael McCarthy and Venuri Siriwardane, USA TODAY

...At least thirteen of Major League Baseball's 30 teams are offering all-you-can-eat seats for all or part of the 2008 season.
Ticket prices for these seats range from $30 at the low end with the Atlanta Braves to $200 at the high end with the St. Louis Cardinals. The majority fall within the $30-$55 range. Most teams include pre-cooked, easy-to-prepare ballpark fare such as hot dogs, nachos, peanuts and soft drinks but don't include beer, burgers, pizzas and desserts. Some teams boost prices for "premium" games involving divisional rivals and box office draws such as the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Most teams charge higher prices for day-of-game walkups than advance tickets. Fans who buy multiple games or season tickets and groups usually get a discount.
...The Padres, meanwhile, will offer an All-You-Can-Eat buffet, including burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks, with 180-250 seats on top of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in PETCO Park's left field corner. The section will feature bleacher seats with an adjoining buffet/eating area.
"We tested it for the last three games of the season last year and it was an overwhelming success," says Jeff Overton, executive vice president of business operations.
As for me........I'll take that hotdog and a coke still and be just fine......
Play Ball !!!

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