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06/22/2011

Take Me Out To the Ballgame? Sure. Just Don't Take Me To Dinner There, Too

IMGP0392 ARLINGTON - Always wanted to do this ...

We as Americans all know and accept that when we attend a sporting event, concert or movie in this country when we order a beer, Coke, or popcorn we are getting gouged worse than any Neiman Marcus customer ever has. The patron at Neimans can, conceptually, go to Dillards to buy a similar shirt made by the Asian Communist-government factory worker who is getting paid $80 a month for their services.
The patron at a baseball stadium can't leave their seat to walk down to the 7-11 to buy beer and popcorn. We have no choice. Literally.

Out of curiosity I priced a few concession items at The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington against the same, or very similar, items at a neighborhood Kroger store. It confirms what we fear - the price of the ticket to the game may be worth it, but anything beyond that is a rather large money grab.

Prepare to be sick.

Item           Rangers Ballpark    Kroger
Hot Do         $4                         Holmes Smokehouse, pkg of 8 - $4.39
Soda            $4 or $5                 16 oz. bottle of Dr. Pepper $1.49
Water          $3.25                     Ozarka 33.8 oz. bottle .85 cents
Nachos         $6                         Bag 18 oz Tostitos chips, $4.48*      
Popcorn        $4                         8 oz bag of Jays popcorn $3.49
Peanuts        $4.50                    16 oz bag of Horton Farms $2.69
Bud Lite       $6 (16 oz)              Six-pack 12 oz bottled Bud Lite $5.99

(* Nachos in a grocery store is a hard find. They don't exist, ballpark style. No cheese, jalapenos, etc. This comparison really doesn't fit as well as the others.)

Conclusion
A straight, item-by-item comparison isn't an easy thing to do. But this quick comparison gives you an idea of the type of overhead costs that are injected when you order a hot dog and a Coke.

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Comments

Craig Pyle

Your article makes sense but who cares. Food at the ball park is the best. Who knows what makes it taste so darn good, but it is and you know it. Nachos, hot dogs, coke..... what could be better!!!!!

The Sky Is Falling

The only thing dumber than paying to eat food at a ball park is paying to attend a game. it's all nuts if you ask me

James P

Or you can invest in a "beerbelly", or a plastic flask! You should do a comparison on the prices in the different venues. Maybe even see if there's a difference between Stars and Mavs games.

Brad Ford

While Krogers doesn't offer Nachos, you can get them at any 7-11.

frank

Wow ! I never knew that this disparity existed. I showed this to my wife and we agreed to stop shopping for our groceries at Ranger games. To off set some of these price gouging costs we now steal their toilet paper and unscrew light bulbs to take home. Many thanks on this enlightening analysis !

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ARLINGTON - Always wanted to do this ... We as Americans all know and accept that when we attend a sporting event, concert or movie in this country when we order a beer, Coke, or popcorn we are getting gouged worse than any Neiman Marcus customer ever has. The patron...

John & Sue, Ranger Fans!

Who cares about any of this nonsense.... i love to eat. I'm an american. Every year my pants grow by 2 sizes. I get winded putting on my shoes. I love ball park food almost as much as I love the games. Belly up to the bar boys; I've got my fork and knife and I'm eating

Janice K.

I love beer, pop corn, peanuts, nachos with tons of cheese and jalapeons!!!!! yeah, it's a crime what you pay at the ball park, but what are you gonna do?! it's america's favorite past time. And besides, if your team is winning and its a nice night out, I can almost justify spending that kind of money. i'm a season ticket holder to the rangers and yeah, its a waste of money especially in light of other things i can't/don't spend money on. but you only live once. I say, enjoy what you want while you are still above the ground.

GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniel

LOVE LOVE LOVE ball park food. Its stupid exspensive but what the heck. Exspensive concession stand food and America's other favorite past time is the only way to be.

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