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.)
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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