sports http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4864/all en-US 11 Ways to Save Money on Live Sporting Events http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sports-92814147.jpg" alt="stadium" title="stadium" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="172" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So you probably missed out on getting tickets to the Super Bowl this year. That's OK. The thrifty crowd here at Wise Bread knows a good value, and we'll tell you that tickets to any major championship game rarely fit that mold. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv?ref=seealso">How to Watch Sports Without Cable</a>)</p> <p>But being frugal doesn't mean you have to be stuck watching every sporting event on television. It's possible to show off your team loyalty in person without dipping too deep into the savings account.</p> <p>If you follow these tips below, you can have a great time at a live sporting event without spending a lot of money.</p> <h2>1. Know Where to Find Free Tickets</h2> <p>It's entirely possible to score tickets to games without paying a dime. Do you work for a company that sponsors a local team? Chances are, the sponsorship deal may come with a block of tickets that aren't always being used. Check with your company's marketing department frequently to see if they are available.</p> <p>Sponsors may also offer free tickets to customers through special promotions. In the part of Maryland where I live, there's a local gas station chain that offers free Baltimore Orioles tickets after a certain number of fill-ups at the pump. Promotions like these are plentiful if you keep your eyes open.</p> <h2>2. Look for Resellers</h2> <p>It may be natural to assume that tickets for sale on the &quot;secondary market&quot; come with a big mark-up. We all have visions of shady scalpers outside arenas, looking to take advantage of unsuspecting fans. But the truth is that many sellers are normal people who are simply looking to unload unwanted tickets at any price. And these days, re-selling is often done online through safe and legitimate websites.</p> <p>The key is to find games with low demand for tickets, then find someone with a ticket they aren't using. Many leagues and teams have their own &quot;official&quot; resale sites, or partner with sites such as <a href="http://www.stubhub.com/">Stubhub</a> or <a href="http://www.tickets.com/">Tickets.com</a>. You can search by seat location and by price, and often find some great deals. Be sure to read the fine print to avoid getting scammed, and also factor ticketing fees into your purchase price. Speaking of which&hellip;.</p> <h2>3. Avoid Fees</h2> <p>When you buy tickets online you are often charged a wide range of &quot;convenience&quot; fees that can, in some cases, double the total cost of your ticket. You can usually avoid these fees by purchasing tickets at the stadium box office. If you can't get to the stadium in advance, don't order tickets and have them mailed to you. Instead, you may avoid some fees by having tickets held at Will Call, or by selecting the option to print tickets from home. These days, it may also be possible to avoid some fees by entering the game using a ticket displayed on your mobile device. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-a-breakdown-of-concert-ticket-prices?ref=seealso">A Breakdown of Concert Ticket Prices</a>)</p> <h2>4. Skip the Big Games</h2> <p>If your goal is to see a game for cheap, don't bother going to games featuring the most popular teams. Many sports teams now have &quot;tiered&quot; pricing, meaning that tickets are more expensive for the most in-demand games, while tickets for less popular games are cheaper. Sure, you may miss out on seeing a superstar or two, but you'll save a ton of money and will still have fun.</p> <h2>5. Check High Schools, Colleges, or Minor Leagues</h2> <p>I am personally biased toward the pro teams, but my 4-year-old son doesn't know the difference. If you're going to take the family to a game, consider looking at high school or college games (which are often free) or to minor league events, which offer great family friendly environs, free parking, and low ticket prices. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-up-and-get-out-how-to-find-cheap-local-events?ref=seealso">How to Find Cheap Local Events</a>)</p> <h2>6. Go on an Off Night</h2> <p>Don't bother with weekend or Friday night games. Look for games on Mondays or Tuesdays. These games usually are not as well-attended as games on the weekend, so tickets are usually cheaper and more available.</p> <h2>7. Eat Beforehand and Pack Some Snacks</h2> <p>Stadium food is notoriously overpriced. If you eat a big meal beforehand, you won't feel the temptation to spend $10 on that plate of overcooked chicken fingers. Also check to see if your team's stadium allows fans to bring in outside food. Every facility is different, but there are some teams that welcome fans to bring in hot dogs, sandwiches, and drinks from outside vendors. Even if teams are strict in their policies, you should be able to bring in some bottled water and sneak some candy or granola bars in your purse or backpack. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-healthy-and-inexpensive-snack-options?ref=seealso">12 Cheap and Healthy Snacks</a>)</p> <h2>8. Don't Drink</h2> <p>A beer at the ballpark may be a heavenly thing, but it's also an expensive one. A cold one at an average Major League Baseball stadium might set you back $7 or $8, according to Team Marketing Report. A few beers at a game can really hit you hard in the wallet.</p> <h2>9. Don't Park Near the Stadium</h2> <p>Sometimes the price of parking at a game is higher than the price of your ticket. But if you do some research, you'll be able to get to the game without getting ripped off. Consider taking public transit, if it's convenient. If you have to drive, look for lots further away from the stadium. If you're willing to walk a half-mile or more, you can usually find parking for at least half the price of parking closer. Truly savvy fans may even be able to find free parking if they know where to look. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums">Guide to Saving at Baseball Stadiums</a>)</p> <h2>10. Avoid the Team Store</h2> <p>Most stadiums have stores featuring a wide range of merchandise with the logo of the home team. It's fun to browse, but if you're in the market for a team T-shirt, teddy bear, or refrigerator magnet, the stadium store is the worst place to go. Generally, you should be able to find the same merchandise online for less money. Search official team websites or top retailers such as <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-10357752">Fanatics.com</a>. Also check out eBay for bargains on team-specific items.</p> <h2>11. Go With a Group</h2> <p>If you'd like to attend a game, ask around to see who else might want to come with you. The larger the group, the more likely you are to get tickets at a discount. If you can round up a group of 15 or more, you could save a considerable amount and may get some extra benefits like discounted tickets to future games.</p> <p><em>Are you a pro sports fan? How do you save on the high cost of event tickets?</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-save-money-on-live-sporting-events" class="sharethis-link" title="11 Ways to Save Money on Live Sporting Events" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment live sports sporting events sports Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:24:47 +0000 Tim Lemke 1125161 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4455875918_9cb2e9fdcc_o.jpg" alt="watching sports" title="watching sports" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the first things I discovered when cutting the cable TV cord &mdash; and something I planned for a little, but not enough &mdash; was how to watch live sports without having a cable bill to pay. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits"> Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits</a>)</p> <p>Cutting the cable cord will save you money, but if you're a sports fan, you'll likely spend a month or two of savings on a season package for your favorite sport. For me, it was baseball, but without being able to follow the local teams.</p> <p>The MLB.TV season package that I bought for $100 before the baseball season started worked well on our Roku to stream games to the television, but games of our local teams were blacked out. They were available for streaming after the game, but I'm not excited about having to avoid the final score before watching a game that is long over. Luckily, I'm also a fan of a team that's far from where I live, so I watch those games live and get my baseball fix that way.</p> <p>Unless you're going to a friend's house or a bar to watch a game live, you'll likely run into the score; a friend may blab it on Facebook, or you'll see it on your smartphone, hear it on the radio, or see it somewhere. Facebook and Twitter are especially important to avoid if you don't want to know the score before you watch a delayed game. When Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants this year, it was all over the Internet and knowing the outcome took away the excitement of watching the game on MLB.TV after it was over.</p> <p>I'm not about to spend a few hundred dollars on a big outdoor antenna to get free over-the-air broadcasts of games by the local baseball teams, so I'm out of luck if I want to watch games live as they happen. In my area, at least, an indoor antenna didn't work well; the site <a href="http://www.antennaweb.org/default.aspx">AntennaWeb</a> can help you find what signals are available near you. For now, I either listen to local games on the radio or follow them pitch by pitch online.</p> <p>While I only have personal experience with with Major League Baseball, several other sports offer non-cable packages, including:</p> <ul> <li><strong>NFL: </strong><a href="https://gamerewind.nfl.com/nflgr/secure/packages?ttv=3&amp;s_tnt=35293:9:0">NFL Game Rewind</a> is $40 for a season to replay NFL games, or <a href="http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/sports/nfl">NFL Sunday Ticket</a> lets you watch live games for $200 all season on a variety of devices.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>NBA:</strong> <a href="http://www.nba.com/leaguepass/3pp/index.html">NBA League Pass</a> lets you watch games online, on a mobile device, or on TV on a streaming device such as a Roku for <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/nba-league-pass-wont-dip-down-as-the-nba-gives-the-finger-to-its-fans?urn=nba,wp11747">$179</a> a year, with or without a lockout.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>NHL:</strong> <a href="https://gamecenter.nhl.com/nhlgc/secure/gclsignup?intcmpid=nhl.com:gcl:vdsbnv&amp;nav-video-gcl">NHL GameCenter Live</a> is available for about $80 a year to watch hockey on everything from a TV to an iPad or phone.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>NASCAR:</strong> If you'd like to watch old <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/nascar-classic-races-vol.-1/id371458691">NASCAR</a> races, iTunes sells some of the classic races for $2 each.</li> </ul> <p>The 2012 NCAA March Madness men's basketball games cost only $4 for all 67 games of the <a href="http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2012-02-13/march-madness-live-faq">tournament</a> on computers, iPads, and other mobile devices, according to the <a href="http://kickoutcable.com/how-to/stream-ncaa-march-madness-basketball-games-online-free/#axzz1zhEjdicu">Kick Out Cable</a> website. The games were free in previous years, though if it again costs only $4 for the entire tournament, it beats paying a monthly cable bill.</p> <p>With all of these options, one of the most important things to have without cable is a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ways-blazing-internet-speeds-can-save-you-money">fast Internet connection</a>. Without it, watching anything will be difficult.</p> <p>With the Olympics about to start, the summer looks like a bad time to stop paying for TV. NBC is allowing people to watch <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/">Olympic</a> events live online, including on a smartphone or tablet, for free &mdash; if they have a paid cable/satellite package that includes CNBC and MSNBC. It's simple enough to <a href="http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/help/index.html">sign up</a> for: Choose your TV provider, sign in with your username and password, then watch every event live. It's quite an enticement for paying for cable TV through mid-August.</p> <p>It's no fun turning around after getting rid of cable TV and giving your money to someone else so you can watch sports, but you'll still save more money by watching exactly what you're paying for instead of paying for a potpourri of sports programming you rarely watch. I'm not an NFL&nbsp;fan, but I'll gladly pay for a season of baseball.</p> <p>And chances are that if you've cut the cable cord, you're going to cut other related costs to save money and can use some of that extra savings to pay for a sports package or two. A <a href="http://www.techbargains.com/infographics/cutting-the-cable">survey</a> by TechBargains.com found that people who have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/living-without-a-landline">disconnected their home telephone service</a> are twice as likely to also cut the cable cord. One in three who discontinued cable or satellite services said they wouldn't return regardless of the price.</p> <p>So if you're looking for incentive to cut cable and buy a season of your favorite sport, it's reassuring to know that plenty of people have done the same thing and aren't returning to cable or satellite service.</p> <p>And if that doesn't work, go to your local sports bar whenever a big game is on. Just be prepared to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-save-money-at-the-bars">spend some money on other forms of entertainment</a> while you're there.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-watch-sports-without-cable-tv" class="sharethis-link" title="How to Watch Sports Without Cable TV" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment baseball cable tv sports Mon, 09 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Aaron Crowe 938565 at http://www.wisebread.com A Complete Guide to Saving at America's Baseball Stadiums http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3416520701_cea7bcf315_z.jpg" alt="baseball stadium" title="baseball stadium" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many people don&rsquo;t know this about of me, but I love a good baseball game.</p> <p>The cheering crowd, the grilled hot dogs, the well-fitted uniforms &mdash; they&rsquo;re all reasons I head to the stadium any chance I can.</p> <p>But these days, enjoying a night out at the ballpark can cause serious pain to your pocket. Unless, of course, you know how to root, root, root for the home team like I do. I&rsquo;ve been to stadiums all across America, and before I go, I do my research on how and where I can cut costs. And now you can, too.</p> <p>In this first-of-its-kind article (I&rsquo;m totally sticking by that statement since I couldn&rsquo;t find anything like this online), I&rsquo;m giving you the 411 on how to save more money and better enjoy America&rsquo;s favorite pastime at every Major League Baseball stadium in the United States (and that lonely one in Canada). Batter up! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-inexpensive-weekend-getaways-anyone-can-take">10 Inexpensive Weekend Getaways Anyone Can Take</a>)</p> <h3>1. Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com">Dodger Stadium</a> include:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>A Coca-Cola Value Pack, which includes four tickets, four Dodger Dogs, and four Cokes, starting at $18 per seat</li> <li>Military discounts on tickets as low as $7 (day of game only; proper military ID is required)</li> <li>$7 and $10 tickets for kids ages four to 12 in the Top Deck and Left Field Pavilion sections</li> <li>$12 off Loge Level tickets to Auto Club members</li> <li>$25 off Field Level tickets when you use your MasterCard</li> <li>$10 Lower Reserve level tickets for students with IDs</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic only) of one-liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as it&rsquo;s not in bottles, cans, coolers, or thermoses.</p> <p>The Jr. Dodgers Fan Club for Kids is free for kids 14 and younger. Membership includes the opportunity to participate in Kids Take the Field, where kids are given first priority to run the bases after Sunday day games; the opportunity to be featured as Jr. Dodger of the Game and featured on Dodgervision; and the opportunity to say &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Time for Dodger Baseball&rdquo; over the speaker before a game.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away to the first 50,000 ticket holders at nearly every home game, excluding Friday nights. Check the <a href="http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=la&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>2. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=col&amp;sv=1">Coors Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A Coca-Cola Value Pack, which includes four tickets, four food and beverage vouchers, one parking ticket, and one Rockies magazine, for $59 in the upper level and $79 in the lower level</li> <li>PowerTickets, which are list-price tickets in the Midfield Box and Outfield Club sections that are loaded with an additional $10 to $15 in concession credits for select games, available only at ColoradoRockies.com</li> <li>Rockpile seats, available for each game for $4 to adults (four ticket limit per person per game) and $1 to children age 12 and younger and seniors age 55 and older (two ticket limit per person per game)</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/col/ticketing/guys_ladies.jsp">Guys Night Out and Ladies Fan Club</a> discounts</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic only) that are less than 22 oz.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as it fits in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>The Silver Sluggers Senior Fan Club, for adults age 55 and older, includes two tickets to six games for $121.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=col">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p>A bike lot is provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <h3>3. Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com">Yankee Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>$5 tickets to select games in selects areas of the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level, or Bleachers</li> <li>10% to 25% off select Tuesday night home games in select areas of the Grandstand Level</li> <li>25% off advanced ticket purchases in select areas of the Grandstand Level for families on designated Monday to Thursday games; half off advanced ticket purchases in select areas of the Terrace Level, Grandstand Level, or Bleachers for select games</li> <li>$5 tickets for senior citizens age 60 and older for select Monday to Thursday games (day of game only; valid ID is required)</li> <li>Half-price tickets to designated areas for students with a valid high school or college ID (day of game only)</li> <li>Half-price tickets to designated seating areas for kids age 14 and younger, when accompanied by an adult, for Saturday games (day of game only)</li> <li>For active military members with a valid ID, one FREE ticket to select Monday to Thursday games for select areas of the Grandstand Level or Bleachers or a half-price ticket to other non-premium seating locations (day of game only)</li> </ul> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic or soft-sided only) of one-liter in size or less. Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption as long as items are brought in a clear plastic grocery-style bag.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nyy">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p>The AAA Automobile Club of New York provides free emergency roadside assistance to guests after home games. Visit the Guest Relations and Ticket Sales Booth or the Yankee Stadium Lobby.</p> <h3>4. Turner Field (Atlanta Braves)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ballpark/index.jsp">Turner Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Tickets as low as $60 for singles and $50 for groups to an all-you-can-eat section that features unlimited smoked chicken barbecue sandwiches, chicken wings, all-beef franks, baked beans, peanuts, popcorn, chocolate chip cookies, Coca-Cola products, and draft beer</li> <li>Braves Steal of the Week, weekly discounts to Wednesday games</li> <li>Buck Belue $8 Buck Night for $8 Lower Level tickets</li> <li>The Chevron Family Value Plan, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four Cokes, a Braves yearbook, parking pass, and a $10 Chevron gift card, starting at $69</li> <li>Coca-Cola 2 for $30 Tuesdays, which includes two seats in the Club Pavilion for $30</li> <li>2-for-1 Upper Box tickets to all fans who show valid military or student IDs or AAA cards</li> </ul> <p>Fans can register for a <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free companion ticket on their birthday</a>, valid on Sunday to Thursday games. The purchase of one ticket is required to redeem birthday coupon.</p> <p>The <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/community/student_achievers.jsp">All-Star Student Achievers Program</a> rewards students in grades K-12 for academic excellence with free game tickets and a Chick-fil-A coupon.</p> <p>One-year membership to the Braves Kids Club ($25) includes two Upper Box tickets, a Braves souvenir, welcome letter from Brian McCann, VIP access to Kids Run the Bases, free admission to the Braves Hall of Fame, two tickets to a Gwinnett Braves game (minor league team), Chick-fil-A sandwich coupon, discounts at the Braves Clubhouse Store at CNN Center, and a Kids Club membership ID card.</p> <p>On specified game dates, fans are invited to bring their dogs to <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/atl/ticketing/bark_in_park.jsp">Bark in the Park</a> ($25) when a portion of the Upper Deck is transformed into a doggy oasis, complete with pools to help keep pets cool and hydrated. Preregistration is required.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and other soft drinks (plastic or soft-sided only) of one-liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller with the plastic liner removed.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans can receive a free Atlanta Braves fan pack by sending a postcard with their name and full address to:</p> <p>Attn: Fan Pack<br /> c/o Atlanta Braves<br /> 755 Hank Aaron<br /> Drive Atlanta, GA 30315</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=atl">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>5. Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com">Rogers Centre</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The Grand Slam Combo that includes a 200 Level Outfield ticket and all-you-can-eat Lesters Hot Dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, apples, chips, and soft drinks for $39 on select Fridays</li> <li>Jr. Jays Saturdays, where kids age 14 and younger will receive special pricing on 500 and 200 Level Outfield tickets</li> </ul> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tor&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>6. Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com">Chase Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/pepsi_pack.jsp">Pepsi Max Value Pack</a>, which includes one bleacher ticket, a regular-size hot dog, one 24 oz. Pepsi, and a coupon for a free 20 oz. Pepsi Max</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/kidssundays.jsp">Kid&rsquo;s Sundays</a> featuring free admission for <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/ari/fan_forum/nochewcrew_form.jsp">No Chew Crew</a> members to Sunday home games</li> <li>$5 tickets to select games on <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/collegenight.jsp">College Nights</a> (a college ID is not required)</li> <li><a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/ari/ticketing/kidssundays.jsp">$7 off select seating</a> for all afternoon weekday home games</li> <li>All-you-can-eat seats in the Insight Diamond Level from $29 to $40, featuring unlimited Oscar Mayer all-beef hot dogs, chips, popcorn, Pepsi products, and Aquafina water</li> </ul> <p>At every Friday night home game, the Miller Lite Diamond Club offers drink specials and music from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Admission into the Miller Lite Diamond Club is free with a ticket to that night's game.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 11&rdquo; x 11&rdquo; x 15&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food as long as items are brought in a clear plastic grocery-style bag.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and single-serve juice boxes (plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p><a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/fan_forum/kids_club_form.jsp">D-Backs Kid&rsquo;s Club</a> members, ages 3 to 15, can earn prizes for attending games.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=ari">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>7. <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;sv=1">Rangers Ballpark in Arlington</a> (Texas Rangers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;sv=1">Rangers Ballpark</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Coca-Cola Family Packs, which include four tickets, four jumbo hot dogs, four Coca-Cola soft drinks, two kids&rsquo; zone wristbands, and one souvenir program, for $60 in Upper Reserved and $100 in the Lower Reserved sections</li> <li>Half-priced tickets in the Upper Reserved, Upper Box, Lexus Club, Terrace, and Lower Reserved sections for most Wednesdays home games (online only)</li> <li>$10 upper-level tickets to Friday home games with code VERIZON at <a href="http://www.texasrangers.com">texasrangers.com</a></li> <li>$47 tickets to the All-You-Can-Eat Porch, which includes admission and unlimited hot dogs, nachos, soft drinks, peanuts, popcorn, and grilled chicken sandwiches</li> </ul> <p>Children age 13 and younger are eligible for reduced-priced tickets, and children under 36 inches may be admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>The <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/tex/fan_forum/jrrangers.jsp">Dr. Pepper Jr. Range Club</a>, for children age 13 and younger, includes ticket vouchers to select home games, invitations to Jr. Rangers events, and VIP &ldquo;front of the line&rdquo; access to every Sunday afternoon Run the Bases.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller with the plastic liner removed.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tex&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>8. Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com">Safeco Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>The Safeco Insurance Grand Slam Family Package, which includes a game ticket, hot dog, and Pepsi for $15 on the View Level, $30 on the Main Level, and $35 on the Wells Fargo Terrace Level when four or more tickets are purchased in advance ($2 added per ticket day of game)</li> <li>$10 tickets in the View Level section on BECU Family Nights when purchased in advance ($2 added per ticket day of game)</li> <li>$5 off on select View Level and $10 off select Main Level seats to Tuesday home games and on the 4<sup>th</sup> of July for military personnel with a valid military ID (plus 20% regular-price merchandise at all Mariners Team stores)</li> <li>$5 off on select View Level and $10 off select Main Level seats to select games for seniors age 60 and older (limit one per senior per game)</li> </ul> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>The <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/fan_forum/kids_club_info.jsp">Seattle Mariners Kids Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes a kids club bag, cap, and tee; up to a dozen $1 ticket coupons; lanyard and official credentials; birthday card; newsletter; kids club book, and access to members-only events, for $15 plus tax.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted, but other outside beverages, including soft drinks and water/ice are not.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sea">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>9. Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com">Oriole Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/bal/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free ticket</a> to one non-prime game on your birthday</li> <li>$45 advance tickets to the Left Field All-Inclusive Picnic Perch, which includes a Club Level ticket and unlimited hot dogs, peanuts, nachos, salad, and sodas</li> <li>$9 Upper Reserve tickets to all Tuesday home games</li> <li>$6 Left Field Upper Reserve tickets to students with a valid school ID to all Friday home games</li> <li>$3 off all tickets for military personnel, veterans, and Department of Defense employees and their families</li> </ul> <p>Active-duty military personnel can receive a military-themed Orioles cap and buy one, get one tickets to Sunday non-prime home games.</p> <p>The first 20 fans at each home game who check in at the stadium using MLB.com will receive a <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ballpark/checkin.jsp">free Orioles &quot;I&rsquo;m Checked In&rdquo; T-shirt</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/fan_forum/dugoutclub.jsp">Junior Orioles Dugout Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes a membership card, lanyard and ticket holder, subscription to Orioles Kids magazine, Orioles hat, tickets to 10 pre-selected games, and a drawstring backpack for $20. Friends and family members of Dugout Club members can purchase tickets for as low as $6 on Dugout Club days.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller. Purses, diaper bags, backpacks, and camera bags also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.</p> <p>Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic containers are permitted.&nbsp;Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and single-serve juice boxes (plastic or soft-sided only). Empty plastic sports bottles also are permitted.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=bal">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>10. Angel Stadium of Anaheim (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=ana&amp;sv=1">Angel&nbsp;Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>A Friends &amp; Family Fun Pack, which comes with four tickets, four hot dogs, and four small soft drinks for $56</li> <li>All-inclusive Bases Loaded seats that include hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, dessert cups, and soft drinks for $30 to $35</li> <li>50% off select seating on designated days to AAA members</li> <li>50% Upper View, View All-Star, View MVP, and Right Field Pavilion seating to select games for seniors age 55 and older and uniformed military personnel</li> </ul> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free.</p> <p>The <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/ana/fan_forum/kids_club.jsp">Junior Angels Kids Club</a> includes two ticket vouchers, Albert Pujols water bottle, exclusive Jr. Angels hat, Angels Kooky Pen, official membership passport, and the chance to be a honorary bat kid at an Angels home game, for $18.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller. Purses, diaper bags, backpacks, and camera bags also are permitted.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles (plastic only) of one-liter in size or less. Other outside beverages, including soda, sports drinks, and frozen water bottles, are not permitted.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=ana">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>11. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com">Busch Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/dynamic.jsp">Dynamic Pricing</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value to as low as $5</li> <li>Hunter Family Sundays, where fans in the Right Field Terrace and RF/LF Pavilion will receive a free Hunter hot dog and Coca-Cola on most Sundays</li> <li>The Six Flags Double Play Combo featuring a Cardinals ticket and a Six Flags ticket for $55</li> <li>A $10 discount on most Monday to Thursday games for AAA members</li> <li>And KMOX 1120 <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/ticketing/first_pitch.jsp">First Pitch Tickets</a> that allow fans to purchase two tickets for $5.60 each at 9 a.m. on the day of each home game</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/stl/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp?loc=benefits">Cardinals Crew Kids Club</a>, for ages 15 and younger, includes two tickets to a select game, a Matt Holliday #7 bookbag, braided necklace, Cardinals picture frame, lanyard and pin, various discounts, and a membership card, for $25.</p> <p>Non-alcoholic beverages, including water and soda in open cups or in clear plastic bottles no larger than two liters, are allowed.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring bags or backpacks 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=stl&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>12. Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/ballpark/index.jsp">Citizens Bank Park</a> include various <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/phi/ticketing/theme_nights.jsp">theme nights</a> when tickets regularly priced $30 and less are $2 off, and groups of 25 or more receive a $2 discount per tickets on most Monday to Friday games.</p> <p>The <a href="http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/phi/fan_forum/junior_phillies_club_signup.jsp">Junior Phillies Club</a>, for ages 14 and under, includes a Junior Phillies Club bag, full-color poster of Hunter Pence, exclusive Hunter Pence magnets, various discounts, and a membership card, for $13.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Each guest is permitted to bring one bag 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only).</p> <h3>13. Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/ballpark/index.jsp">Progressive Field</a> include perfect 10 Voucher Packs, which include 10 tickets to any of the Indians' 81 home games. Fans can use the vouchers to attend 10 games individually, five games with a friend, or 10 games with a group. Prices start at $99 for bleacher/upper deck seats.</p> <p>The <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/cle/fan_forum/highachievers.jsp">High Achievers Kids Club</a>, for children in grades K to 8, rewards those who do well in school with Indians tickets, prizes, and experiences. Membership is free.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cle">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>14. PETCO Park (San Diego Padres)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/ballpark/index.jsp">PETCO&nbsp;Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>College Nights, which feature $9 advance and $10 day-of-game tickets to Thursday home games</li> <li>The Military Season Pass, which entitles junior enlisted military personnel (pay grades E1-E3) to one Upper Reserved seat for up to 80 home games for $99</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/sd/fan_forum/jr_padres.jsp">Jr. Padres</a>, for ages 14 and younger, is free.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles 20 oz. or less and single-serve beverage containers (milk, juice, etc.; plastic or soft-sided only).</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption. All food items should be wrapped, bagged, or put in a container. Fruits must be sliced or sectioned.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://sandiego.padres.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sd&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>15. Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at the <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/index.jsp">Great American Ball Park</a> include an all-you-can-eat section, which features unlimited hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and soda, starting at $32, and Tickets Plus+, which includes a ticket concession value of $10 or $20 redeemable throughout the ballpark for food, beverages, and merchandise.</p> <p>The <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/fan_forum/redsheads.jsp">Reds Heads Kids Club</a>, for ages 14 and younger, includes four ticket vouchers, Reds Heads logo cap and team replica road jersey, Reds-style baseball cap backpack, dog tag, Reds Heads lens logo sunglasses, newsletters, a ticket to the Reds Hall of Fame &amp; Museum, one-day admission to the Cincinnati Zoo, kids meal at Bob Evans Restaurant, a ticket to the &ldquo;A Day in Pompeii&rdquo; exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles and soft drinks.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cin">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>16. Citi Field (New York Mets)</h3> <p>Ticket specials for <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ballpark/index.jsp">Citi Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/senior_dates.jsp">50% off select seating areas for seniors</a> for all Monday to Thursday matinee games, available for purchase starting at 9 a.m. on game day</li> <li>The <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/mcfaddens.jsp">McFadden&rsquo;s VIP package</a> for select games, which includes one-hour open bar and appetizer buffet before the game, a ticket to the game, and one drink after the 7<sup>th</sup> inning, for $35 to $45</li> <li>Power Packs for families of four for $22 each, which include four game tickets in the Left Field Landing and four hot dogs, hamburgers, or veggie burgers, each with fries and a drink</li> <li>T-shirt Tuesdays, which feature a ticket in the Left Field Landing to select games and a limited-edition T-shirt for $19</li> <li>$10 tickets for students with a valid high school of college ID</li> <li>A complimentary ticket to active military personnel with active military ID, available for pickup in the Ticket Office Lobby in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda on game day&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Mets Fan Club for Kids</a>, for young fans, includes a voucher for two tickets to a Mets home game, an ID card, lanyard, cap, commemorative Fathead poster, three issues of the Kids Club newsletter, a birthday card from the Mets, folder, membership certificate, and more, for $25.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; or shorter are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Bike racks are provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <p>A concert is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=nym&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>17. AT&amp;T Park (San Francisco Giants)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ballpark/index.jsp">AT&amp;T&nbsp;Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/sf/ticketing/dynamic_deal.jsp">Dynamic Deals</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value to as low as $8</li> <li>The Value 6Pack, which includes one ticket to six select games for $39</li> </ul> <p>Fans are permitted to bring paper and plastic grocery bags, purses, fanny packs, backpacks, lunch bags, diaper bags (backpack-style), soft-sided containers, handbags and briefcases into the ballpark as long as they do not exceed 16&quot; x 16&quot; x 8&quot; in size.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed plastic bottles and soft-sided juice containers. Unsealed plastic bottles will be inspected.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Free Wi-Fi is provided to fans.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=sf">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>18. Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers)</h3> <p>Ticket savings for <a href="http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/mil/ballpark/index.jsp">Miller Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>50% off all seats (except Bernie&rsquo;s Terrace and $1 Uecker Seats) to weekday afternoon home games for kids age 14 and younger and seniors age 60 and older</li> <li>$20 for the Brew Crew &amp; The Zoo package, which includes one Terrace Reserved ticket to a select game, one ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo, and a Brew Crew &amp; the Zoo T-shirt</li> <li>Brewers $13 Fair Fridays, which includes one Terrace Reserved ticket to any Friday game and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair</li> <li>Corey&rsquo;s Corner tickets plus a limited-edition Corey Hart T-shirt for $35, to benefit the American Heart Association</li> <li>The Harley-Davidson Crew H-D Ticket Package, which includes a ticket to select games, one adult admission to the Harley-Davidson Museum, and an H-D Museum glass mug</li> <li>Miller High Life Mondays, featuring $8 Terrace Reserved seats</li> <li>50% off Terrace Reserved and Loge Bleacher seats for college and high school students with a valid ID to Friday home games, courtesy of Time Warner Cable</li> <li>$1 Uecker Seats, available on game day only.</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/mil/fan_forum/kids_club.jsp?loc=form">Brewers Kids&rsquo; Club</a>, for age 14 and younger, includes an ID card with lanyard, cap, drawstring bag and coin pouch, poster and beads, six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers, and other exclusive opportunities, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed plastic bottles containing soda, water, or juice.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in appropriate containers.</p> <p>Bike racks are provided to ticket holders keen to reduce their carbon footprints.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=mil&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>19. Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/index.jsp">Nationals Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Harris Teeter Family Fun Packs, which include a game ticket, hot dog, Coca-Cola/Dasani beverage, and chips, starting at $14 each (two ticket minimum)</li> <li>Miller Lite Party Night (every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), which includes a ticket to a select section and a free Coca-Cola product, Dasani water, or beer, starting at $20</li> <li>A <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ticketing/birthday_form.jsp">free birthday</a> ticket</li> <li>The Beltway Burger Pack, which includes a ticket to a select section, burger, fries, and a drink, starting at $20 (two ticket minimum)</li> <li>50% off tickets $10 or more for college students with a valid college ID (limit one ticket per ID)</li> <li>$3 off tickets $10 or more for military personnel, seniors, and government employees</li> <li>$5 off tickets $24 or more to every Tuesday home game by presenting a Harris Teeter VIC card (four ticket max)</li> <li>$5 off tickets $24 or more on Washington Post Wednesdays by presenting the front page of that day&rsquo;s <i>Washington Post</i></li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/kidsclub_form.jsp">Jr. Nationals Kids Club</a>, for ages 12 and younger, includes a lunch tote, braided necklace, mini-Screech bobblehead, membership card with lanyard, a coupon book with buy-one-get-one-free ticket vouchers and free meal offers, and a Jr. Nationals passport for $15.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed water bottles of one-liter in size or less, kids&rsquo; juice boxes, insulin containers, baby food, and empty Nalgene water bottles. Only one bottle per person is permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in single-serving bags within soft-sided containers or coolers.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Kids, age 14 and younger, can ride the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel for free on Sundays.</p> <p>A free bike valet is located in Garage C at the corner of First and N streets, SE. Access to the valet is on N Street, just left of the entrance. The valet will accept bikes 2.5 hours before game time and will close one hour after the game ends.</p> <p>The day after the Nationals win <i>and</i> score at least five runs, fans can use promo code NATS50 for 50% OFF their entire order at PapaJohns.com.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=was">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>20. Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers)<b>&nbsp;</b></h3> <p>Ticket savings are offered at <a href="http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/det/ballpark/index.jsp">Comercia Park</a> on various event nights hosted sporadically throughout the season.</p> <p>Membership to the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/det/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Tigers Kids Club</a> includes a Justin Verlander drawstring backpack, two issues of <i>PAWSprint</i>, a kids&rsquo; club passport with lanyard, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/big-list-of-birthday-freebies">birthday card</a>, and other exclusive offers.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottles of unflavored water and juice boxes.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in single-serving bags.</p> <p>Children age 3 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after most Friday and Saturday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=det&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>21. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=chc">Wrigley Field</a> include <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/chc/ticketing/dynamicpricing.jsp">dynamic pricing</a>, where prices will fluctuate based on market value.</p> <p>The <a href="https://secure.mlb.com/chc/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp#order_form">Cubs Kids Club</a> membership includes a lanyard, chest protector backpack, baseball cap, school supplies package, stickers, Wrigley Field Tour ticket, child ticket to Legoland Discovery Center Chicago, and front-of-the-line privileges for Kids-Run-the-Bases, for $29.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottles of water.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring food and drink items in acceptable containers.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A free bike valet is located on the southeast corner of Clark and Waveland.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=chc&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>22. Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://houston.astros.mlb.com/hou/ballpark/index.jsp">Minute Maid Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>An all-you-can-eat option that includes unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, soda, and water for $30</li> <li>Price Matters, which includes a View Deck II ticket, a hot dog, a bag of H-E-B chips, and one soda for $10</li> <li>The Coca-Cola Value Zone, which includes a Mezzanine ticket, Astros cap, a hot dog, and 20 oz. Coke product for $20, available every Friday to Sunday home game</li> <li>$30 for a Guys Night Out package, which includes a Field Box II ticket, sausage dog, one draft beer or small soda, and an Astros cap</li> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The Astro Buddies Kids Club (MVP membership), for age 14 and younger, includes four Astros tickets, discount ticket offers, and other perks, for $20. Rookie membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=hou">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>23. U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox)<b>&nbsp;</b></h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ballpark/index.jsp">U.S. Cellular Field</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value</li> <li>Kids Days, when tickets for kids age 13 and younger are $1 each when a full-price adult ticket is purchased for select games</li> <li>One free ticket to active members of the military, based on availability, at the U.S. Cellular Field Box Office on game day with a valid military ID</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/fan_forum/kidsclub_index.jsp">White Sox Kids Club</a> (All-Star membership), for age 13 and younger, includes four White Sox tickets, a welcome postcard from a White Sox player, T-shirt, cap, White Sox mini-bobblehead, foam finger, and more, for $35. Slugger membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each fan may bring in one sealed bottle of water, one liter in size or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in small, see-through plastic bags.</p> <p>Children 36&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=cws">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>24. Target Field (Minnesota Twins)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/ballpark/index.jsp">Target Field</a> include demand-based pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on demand.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fans may bring in sealed bottled water 32 oz. or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers. Empty, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">plastic sport-type water bottles</a> are also permitted.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in soft-sided containers that will fit under a seat.</p> <p>Children 30&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=min">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>25. PNC Park (Pittsburgh Pirates)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com">PNC Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>50% to 60% off Grandstand, Bleacher Reserved, and Upper Grandstand seats for kids age 14 and younger</li> <li>$38 for all-you-can-eat seats in the Outfield Reserved section, which include unlimited burgers, hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, salads, ice cream, and soda for $38</li> <li>Pepsi Max Packs, which include a game ticket, hot dog, pretzel, and a Pepsi, for $24 on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons</li> <li>$10 off Sunday home game tickets with a Giant Eagle Advantage Card</li> <li>Up to $10 off each ticket when you purchase with a PNC Bank Check Card</li> <li>$25 for one human and one dog ticket on <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/ticketing/pup_night_form.jsp">Pup Nights</a>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/fan_forum/kidsclub.jsp">Bucaroos Kids Club</a> (Gold membership) includes four ticket vouchers, six buy one, get one free ticket vouchers, a lunch cooler, winter gloves, and exclusive experience opportunities, for $15. Sliver membership is free.&nbsp;</p> <p>All fans receive a free Pirates T-shirt at every Friday home game.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after some Saturday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=pit&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.&nbsp;</p> <h3>26. Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City Royals)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/ballpark/index.jsp">Kauffman Stadium</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>All-you-can-eat seats in the Loge Level, which include unlimited hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, pretzels, and Pepsi products for $40</li> <li>Family FunDay Sunday 4-Packs, which include four tickets in the Hy-Vee Infield, $10 in concession credit on each ticket, and an All Day Play Pass for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience, available every Sunday home game for $80</li> <li>$10 Fountain Seats on Value Games</li> <li>Frenchy Quarter Thursdays, which feature an Outfield Box seat, a &ldquo;The Frenchy Quarter&rdquo; T-shirt, and blue Mardi Gras beads, available every Thursday home game for $21</li> <li>50% off to Jackson County residents to select home games</li> <li>Play Packs, which include two Field Plaza tickets with $5 in concession credit and two Play Passes for unlimited games in the Outfield Experience for $25</li> <li>$7 Hy-Vee Level tickets to all Monday home games</li> <li>Half-priced tickets in the Loge Box, Field Plaza, Outfield Box, Hy-Vee Box, Hy-Vee Infield and Hy-Vee Outfield, to all Sunday to Thursday home games for seniors age 65 and older</li> <li>$7 Outfield Box and Hy-Vee Infield tickets to all Wednesday home games for high school and college students with a valid ID</li> <li>Up to four half-priced tickets for active-duty and retired military with a valid military ID.</li> <li>$7 Hy-Vee Infield tickets to every Wednesday home game for age 14 and younger&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/fan_forum/bluecrew_form.jsp">Sluggerrr&rsquo;s Blue Crew Youth Fan Club</a> membership, for age 14 and younger, includes a Royals replica batting practice jersey, jersey-style backpack with MP3 player pocket, special-edition reusable water bottle, VIP access to the Sprint Fun Run, two game ticket vouchers, vouchers to the Outfield Experience; child&rsquo;s admission for a ballpark tour, and other special offers, for $20.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Each fan may bring in one sealed bottled water, 20 oz. or less.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food in soft-sided containers.</p> <p>Children 32&rdquo; and under are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>A fireworks show is hosted after every Friday home game, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=kc&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>27. Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)</h3> <p>At <a href="http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/ballpark/index.jsp">Fenway Park</a>, fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.&nbsp;</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted free.</p> <h3>28. Marlins Park (Miami Marlins)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ballpark/index.jsp">Marlins Park</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>Special offer every Wednesday</li> <li>$10 Gameday Specials; <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/all_you_can_eat.jsp">Monday &ldquo;All You Can Eat&rdquo;</a> tickets to select games, which include unlimited hot dogs, sodas, water, nachos, peanuts, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-popcorn">popcorn</a></li> <li>Tuesday &ldquo;Family Four Pack&rdquo; tickets, which include tickets, hot dogs, chips, and sodas for four, starting at $54</li> <li>50% off tickets to Wednesday home game with a fill-up of eight gallons or more of Chevron gasoline</li> <li>$5 one ticket with a voucher from participating Subway restaurants</li> <li>Free tickets to military employees, active duty, Reserve, National Guard, and their dependents, on Military Mondays, sponsored by Outback Steakhouse</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sites/all/libraries/fckeditor/editor/marlins.com/billysbunch">Billy&rsquo;s Bunch Kids Club</a> (free for residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, and Monroe counties, ages 12 and younger) includes a welcome letter from Billy the Marlin, an official Billy&rsquo;s Bunch membership card, Heath Bell player poster, Miami Marlins &ldquo;black eye,&rdquo; Billy&rsquo;s Bunch messenger bag, Billy&rsquo;s Bunch Family Sunday Passport, and a free Duffy&rsquo;s kid&rsquo;s meal coupon.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottled water 20 oz. or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers.</p> <p>Each fan is permitted to bring in one single-serving food item in a clear plastic bag. Fruit must be sliced.</p> <p>Children age 3 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>Free concerts are hosted after some Friday home games, weather permitting.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=mia">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>29. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at the <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=oak&amp;sv=1">Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>$2 tickets in the Plaza Outfield and Plaza Reserved sections to every Wednesday home game</li> <li>50% off Plaza Level tickets to every Thursday home game</li> <li>XFINITY Friday Family Packs, which include Plaza Level tickets, hot dogs, medium drinks, and bags of peanuts for four, for $50</li> <li>Dynamic pricing, where prices will fluctuate based on market value&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/fan_forum/kids_club_info.jsp">Oakland A&rsquo;s Kids Club</a> (All-Star membership), for age 14 and younger, includes an A&rsquo;s Kids Club sweatshirt-style drawstring bag; water bottle, lanyard, coupon booklet with free and discounted offers on A&rsquo;s tickets and merchandise, and more, for $20. Rookie membership is free.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Children age 2 and younger are admitted for free but must occupy a ticket holder&rsquo;s lap.</p> <p>All fans park for free at most Tuesday games.</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=oak&amp;y=2012">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <h3>30. Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Rays)</h3> <p>Ticket savings at <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=tb&amp;sv=1">Tropicana Field</a> include <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/tb/ticketing/family_fun_days.jsp">Tampa Bay Times Family Fun Days</a>, which feature special tickets offers that include a voucher for a hot dog, snack, and Pepsi product, available every Sunday home game.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/tb/fan_forum/rays_rookies.jsp">Rays Rookies</a> membership, for age 14 and younger, includes official Rays Rookies jersey, drawstring backpack, membership card, coupons for merchandise and concession items, ticket vouchers to two Rays home games, and other discounts, for $25.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in soft-sided bags or containers 16&rdquo; x 16&rdquo; x 8&rdquo; or smaller.</p> <p>Fans may bring in factory-sealed bottled water one liter or less and soft-sided juice or milk containers.</p> <p>Fans are permitted to bring in outside food for individual consumption.</p> <p>Children younger than age 2 are admitted for free.</p> <p>Free concerts are hosted after some Saturday home games, weather permitting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Promotional items are given away regularly. Check the <a href="http://tampabay.rays.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=tb&amp;y=2011">giveaway schedule</a> here.</p> <p><em>Are you privy to deals and discounts at your favorite MLB stadium that are not on this list? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-complete-guide-to-saving-at-americas-baseball-stadiums" class="sharethis-link" title="A Complete Guide to Saving at America&#039;s Baseball Stadiums" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Travel baseball nice things to do for my girlfriend sports summer fun Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 937042 at http://www.wisebread.com Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5443077918_225b1a730e_z.jpg" alt="watching TV" title="watching TV" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Cutting the cable TV cord has benefits that go beyond the financial. Sure, you're saving $50 or so a month by going without cable. But there are other good things that happen when you go without cable, many which may not come to mind when you first start thinking about making the move because you're focused on saving money. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/massive-list-of-things-to-do-while-watching-tv">Massive List of Things to Do While Watching TV</a>)</p> <p>There's the obvious satisfaction of &quot;sticking it to The Man&quot; and not having to support a business that won't let you pay for only the stations you want to watch. Other benefits, however, may not be so obvious. But before I get into those, it's worth pointing out that the expected financial savings might not be as good as you might think.</p> <h3>The Somewhat Surprising Reality of Living Without Cable</h3> <p>My family cut cable at our house in early June, mainly as a test run during the slow summer TV season to see if we could live without it. We also wanted to save some money, which I'm quickly realizing is being eaten up by other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cable-tv-is-here-to-stayfor-now">costs that Wise Bread has covered</a>. While our cable bill dropped by $50 a month, we still pay for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternatives-to-cable-tv-that-will-keep-you-entertained">alternatives</a> that don't look like a lot by themselves, but add up.</p> <p>Here are some of them, some of which are one-time expenses and others monthly:</p> <ul> <li>Netflix streaming at $8 per month.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Hulu&nbsp;Plus at $8 per month. We don't have this yet, but I can see it coming in handy in the fall.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Occasional TV series purchase such as &quot;Curb Your Enthusiasm,&quot; about $20 a month.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Redbox movie rentals at $1.20 or more each, for maybe five movies a month at $6 total.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Roku box to watch shows, a one-time cost of $100.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Antenna for TV, a one-time cost of $25, though much more can be spent.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>HDMI cable and adapter to hook up computer to TV so online shows can be viewed. A one-time cost of $50.</li> </ul> <p>After spending about $42 a month on shows, I'm only spending $8 less each month than I did with cable. (It's worth noting that we had Netflix streaming when we had cable, and I'm not including our monthly Internet fee because it's an expense we'd have with or without a TV.) Add in the $175 for equipment, and the $8 monthly savings will take almost 22 months (two years!) to pay for it. Then I'll really start saving money.</p> <h3>Benefits of Cutting Cable</h3> <p>Since I'm not saving any money for two years, what do I gain by not having cable TV? A lot, in my view. Here are some benefits.</p> <p><strong>Less Channel Surfing</strong></p> <p>Since we no longer have hundreds of channels to scan, there's less mindless channel surfing and wasting time looking for something to watch. There's something hypnotic about scrolling through channels that's sort of relaxing, but it's also a waste of time that leaves you wondering why you're paying for cable TV if there's nothing on.</p> <p><strong>Paying for What You Want to Watch</strong></p> <p>There's plenty of extra stuff on Netflix and elsewhere in the non-cable world, but it's nice knowing that I'm not paying for a channel that I'll never watch and can instead buy a season of a show I really want to watch. I may not come across a great show by accident, but I'll take that chance.</p> <p><strong>Free Time</strong></p> <p>If we don't know ahead of time what we're going to watch, we're unlikely to turn the TV on. I don't want to make it sound like my family has turned Amish and we're not watching TV at all, or that we've discovered more family time and are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/play-on-5-great-card-and-board-games">playing more board games</a> together and reading more books. But we are finding time to do other things, and my library card is being used more.</p> <p>These are things you can't put a price on, though I suspect that even these may not be enough to prevent us from calling the cable company back in six months when we get tired of missing pro sports.</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cutting-the-cable-cord-has-more-than-financial-benefits" class="sharethis-link" title="Cutting the Cable Cord Has More Than Financial Benefits" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Entertainment Technology cutting cable hulu netflix sports Thu, 21 Jun 2012 10:36:11 +0000 Aaron Crowe 935252 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Go to Sporting Events? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-go-to-sporting-events <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-go-to-sporting-events" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5034173757_cc862a8768_z-1.jpg" alt="Do You Go To Sporting Events?" title="Do You Go To Sporting Events?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-go-to-sporting-events#comment-533652"><em>Kelly</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-go-to-sporting-events#comment-533762"><em>Jennifer</em></a><em>, and&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-go-to-sporting-events#comment-533838"><em>Finance Advice for Young Professionals</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Most people are a fan of at least one sport or team. Whether it's your college football team or your favorite NBA team, chances are you watch your team play from time to time. You may even splurge and attend sporting events every once in awhile! However, the cost of attending games may deter you from buying tickets.</p> <p><b>Do you go to sporting events?</b><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;If so, how do you save on tickets? Do you use eBay? Craigslist? Ticketmaster? Or do you opt to stay in to watch the big game?&nbsp;</span></p> <p>Tell us if you go to sporting events and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, May 14th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after May 14th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-go-to-sporting-events" class="sharethis-link" title="Ask the Readers: Do You Go to Sporting Events?" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you go to sporting events and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Giveaways Ask the Readers baseball basketball football hockey sporting events sports Tue, 08 May 2012 10:36:08 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 927591 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Sports on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-sports-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-sports-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4658373400_a6b9f1155a_z-1.jpg" alt="Sports on the Cheap" title="Sports on the Cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to see the game without breaking the bank, things college students waste money on, and ways to spend less on bills.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.fivecentnickel.com/2011/09/15/sports-on-the-cheap-five-fun-ways-to-see-the-game-without-breaking-the-bank/">Sports on the Cheap: Five Fun Ways to See the Game Without Breaking the Bank</a> &mdash; Enjoy a professional sports game without dropping a ton of money on tickets by going to the stadium and tailgating. [Five Cent Nickel]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/financialfinesse/2011/09/15/ten-things-college-students-waste-money-on/">Ten Things College Students Waste Money On</a> &mdash; One of the things college students waste money on is school supplies. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Subtle-Ways-Spend-Less-Bills-4014427">12 Subtle Ways to Spend Less on Bills</a> &mdash; To spend less on your bills, try using natural light and air. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/life-style/should-you-wait-for-a-promotion-or-look-for-a-new-job">Should You Wait for a Promotion or Look for a New Job?</a> &mdash; If you are guaranteed to make more money by switching jobs, it may be a good idea to look for a new job. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/blog/3-lessons-i-should-have-known-in-high-school/">3 Lessons I Should Have Known in High School</a> &mdash; If you have a high school student, be sure to teach him or her the important lesson of starting a Roth IRA. [Thousandaire]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/baby-is-ready-to-eat-7-tips-for-getting-past-the-first-few-bites">Baby Is Ready To Eat: 7 Tips For Getting Past The First Few Bites</a> &mdash; When feeding your baby food for the first time, try different foods one at a time for several days. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://billeater.com/tips/3-places-find-cheap-great-furniture">3 Places to Find Cheap but Great Furniture</a> &mdash; A good place to find good, cheap furniture is your local thrift store. [billeater.com]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyreasons.com/2011/09/reasons-for-not-sharing-financial-information-with-others/">Reasons For Not Sharing Financial Information With Others</a> &mdash; You may want to refrain from sharing your financial information with others because gossip and news can travel quickly. [Money Reasons]</p> <p><a href="http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2011/09/-tips-to-feel-better-about-yourself.html">8 Tips to Feel Better About Yourself</a> &mdash; Want to feel better about yourself? Become an expert on something. [The Happiness Project]</p> <p><a href="http://www.fithacks.com/index.php/2011/09/13/5-alternate-ways-to-workout/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Fithackscom+%28FitHacks.com%29">5 Alternate Ways to Workout</a> &mdash; Are you looking for a new and different way to work out? Try playing badminton. [fit hacks]</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-sports-on-the-cheap" class="sharethis-link" title="Best Money Tips: Sports on the Cheap" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Lifestyle best money tips sports Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:00:21 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 708015 at http://www.wisebread.com Colorado and World Series Fans Will Just Have to Wait http://www.wisebread.com/colorado-and-world-series-fans-will-just-have-to-wait <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/colorado-and-world-series-fans-will-just-have-to-wait" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tickets.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It has been a disappointing day of online turmoil at the <a href="http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/col/ticketing/postseason_2007.jsp">Colorado Rockies website</a>, as a surge in web traffic and a system outage by the sole ticket provider kept fans from being able to buy the much anticipated World Series tickets. </p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://cbs4denver.com/topstories/local_story_295083342.html">Several news stations</a> across the country reported today that more than 8.5 million visitors hit the Rockies’ website in less than 2 hours today.<span> </span>That obscene amount of traffic, plus an outage at <a href="http://www.paciolan.com/">Paciolan</a> (the only ticket seller for the Series), resulted in the halt of ticket sales until further notice.<span> </span> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">While it is unsure if the crash was solely related to the record number of hits for the website (which Rockies’ officials have called a malicious attack), many people were not surprised to see this kind of failure after it was announced that this venue would be the only way to acquire Series tickets directly.<span> </span>(Have we already forgotten the pandemonium that ensued when the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_360">Xbox 360</a> hit online retailers?)<span> </span> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">With lessons learned and a backup plan in place, ticket-seekers can try their luck once again Tuesday, October 23 at noon MDT.<span> </span>Fans can visit <a href="http://www.coloradorockies.com/">www.coloradorockies.com</a> to get their tickets (limit of 4 per person), and once again, this is the ONLY way to secure tickets to the Coors Field games scheduled for October 27, 28 &amp; 29 (if needed.)  </p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/colorado-and-world-series-fans-will-just-have-to-wait" class="sharethis-link" title="Colorado and World Series Fans Will Just Have to Wait" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Consumer Affairs Art and Leisure sports tickets World Series Tue, 23 Oct 2007 04:15:30 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1315 at http://www.wisebread.com FREE bowling balls - just pay shipping http://www.wisebread.com/free-bowling-balls-just-pay-shipping <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/free-bowling-balls-just-pay-shipping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://www.wisebread.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/star_blueredyellow_lg.jpg" alt="free ball" title="free ball" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A quick deal for everyone. I'm not sure how bad or good your bowling is, but mine is rotten. I don't blame the balls, I blame myself for not doing it often enough. Oh, and I'm a Brit. But anyway, this deal is for those of you who don't care about getting a stellar ball but would like a nice beginner's ball all of your own for free.</p> <p><img width="209" height="270" title="ball" alt="ball" src="/files/fruganomics/u17/freeball.jpg" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.bowlersparadise.com/mailing/10-07/10-15-07.html">Bowlersparadise.com</a> is currently giving away FIVE of it's beginner balls completely free. They say they usually cost around $60, like I say I'm no bowler but that sounds about right. All you have to pay is the shipping fee, which is under $20. Considering how heavy these balls are, that seems quite a deal to me. Right now it looks like they have size 15 and 16 in stock, so these are the heavy suckers. They come with a high-gloss polish finish and the following features. Happy bowling.</p> <ul> <li><span class="description_bold">Coverstock:</span> Polyester</li> <li><span class="description_bold">Hardness:</span> 80-82</li> <li><span class="description_bold">Core Dynamics:</span><br /> &ndash; RG Max: 2.715&quot;<br /> &ndash; RG Min: 2.696&quot;<br /> &ndash; RG Diff: 0.019&quot;<br /> &ndash; RG Avg: 8.7</li> <li><span class="description_bold">Hook Potential:</span> 25</li> <li><span class="description_bold">Length:</span> 235</li> <li><span class="description_bold">Breakpoint Shape:</span> 30</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-bowling-balls-just-pay-shipping" class="sharethis-link" title="FREE bowling balls - just pay shipping" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. Read more <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/"> articles from Wise Bread</a>.</div></div> Deals balls bargains bowling coupons deals lanes sports strike Wed, 17 Oct 2007 00:46:23 +0000 Paul Michael 1294 at http://www.wisebread.com How To Build Your Own Air Horn In 3 Minutes http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-own-air-horn-in-3-minutes <p><img src="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/air_horn1.jpg" alt="build your own air horn" title="build your own air horn in 3 minutes" width="240" height="180" /> </p> <p>Air horns are perfect for sporting events, parties, and basically any situation where you want to be obnoxious. Unfortunately, a good air horn can cost <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006MPIE0?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0006MPIE0">anywhere from $7 to $20</a>. </p> <p>Fear not sports fans. Here&#39;s how you can make an air horn in under three minutes.</p> <p><embed src="http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/352175/how_to_free_air_horn.swf" width="400" height="345" wmode="transparent" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"></embed><br /><font size = 1><a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/352175/how_to_free_air_horn/">How To:FREE Air Horn!!!</a> - <a href='http://www.metacafe.com/'>These bloopers are hilarious</a></font></p> <p><a href="http://www.metacafe.com/watch/352175/how_to_free_air_horn/">Link to video</a></p> <p><strong>Materials</strong></p> <ul> <li> A balloon. (Someone claimed using a condom works. Personally I would stick to balloons.) </li> </ul> <ul> <li>A straw.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>A 35mm film canister or similarly-sized plastic container with a lid.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Scissors with a sharp end you can use to puncture a hole in the canister. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Steps </strong></p> <ul> <li>Make a hole at the bottom of the canister. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Insert the straw into the hole. Make sure it fits snuggly.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Drill another small hole at the side of the canister.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Cut the balloon in half along the crease of the balloon. Trim one of the halfs until you get a nice piece of rubber that is a bit bigger than the canister. </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Remove the lid from the top of the canister. Put the balloon piece over the canister&#39;s top. Pull on the balloon a little bit to make sure it fits tightly against the canister. Put the lid back on the canister on top of the balloon.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Insert your straw into the bottom of the canister until it hits the balloon.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Now try blowing into the air horn. If you can&#39;t hear anything, try adjusting the straw by moving it further in or out of the cannister. If it still doesn&#39;t work, you might have made your holes too big or there might be a hole in your balloon.</li> </ul> <ul> <li>Now swear the sacred &quot;Oath of the Air Horn&quot; and promise that you will only use this power for good, and not evil (like cheering against the Warriors, the Clippers, or the Rockets). </li> </ul> <p>If you need more detailed instructions, check out this great how to build an air horn guide on <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/E0QEYGEUJIEV2Z50E5/?ALLSTEPS">Inscrutables</a>.</p> <p><em>Photo by <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/rileyroxx/">rileyroxx</a></em></p> <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-build-your-own-air-horn-in-3-minutes" class="sharethis-link" title="How To Build Your Own Air Horn In 3 Minutes" rel="nofollow">ShareThis</a><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">Written by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> and published on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/">Wise Bread</a>. 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