Thursday, March 12, 2009

Minor League Parks...Major League Experience





With spring officially upon us next week, my wife and I decided that we would try to make it to some baseball games this summer. This is something that we haven't been able to do in the past because I've always had school to deal with. However, I'm going to be graduating this spring and we'll hopefully have more time to take these "mini" trips to some minor league ballparks this summer.

During these economic times, I would highly recommend that people take in some of these games. It allows us to get away for a few hours a night and forget about any of our stresses. It is also a lot nicer on the pocketbook compared to a night at a major league park. Minorleaguebaseball.com actually published an article on their website about the many bargains that you can find at these games. In it they put together a chart that classifies the average price by ticket, soda, beer, hot dog, program, and parking. It is also classified by level (AAA, AA, A, SS). That article can be viewed by clicking here.

At these parks you can find some things that you wouldn't expect to find at any other park. For example, the West Michigan Whitecaps have just introduced some new menu items. The biggest (literally) is the new Fifth Third burger. This monstrous sandwich consists of a beef patty weighing “five thirds of a pound”, nacho cheese, chili, salsa, crunched tortilla chips, tomato and lettuce served on a special 8-inch sesame seed bun. It will be sold at the Sweet Meats concession stand on the third base concourse.

“The Fifth Third burger is not for the casual eater,” said Whitecaps Director of Food and Beverage Matt Timon. “It has nearly 5,000 calories, 300 grams of fat and a whole lot of carbs.”

Minor League Baseball is also known for staging some very creative promotions. Last year brought us the likes of "Hannah Montana Ride your kids coattails night" where any parent who brought in an award won by their children could purchase a ticket for $1. This was inspired by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus. Another great promotion was the "Honey I think my hot dog is green night" where some hot dogs actually had cash wrapped up in them! People could find anywhere from $2 to $100 inside their hot dogs!

Spring is upon us all...so let's get out to the park and enjoy it this year!

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