Ruining Spring Training

Yanks' Wang feeling better
Open Thread: Rasner hits the Pacific League

The Dodgers made some waves yesterday when the AP revealed some $90 tickets in the team’s new Arizona Spring Training home. That price tag comes as shock to this baseball fan who hasn’t missed a Spring Training trip since 1997. One of the joys of Spring Training has long been the price tag. It’s a time to kick back and catch a game under sunny skies in spring. The regulars play a few innings, and a bunch of prospects and non-roster invitees duke it out for the rest of the day. To charge $90 for what should be a $20 experience seems a bit excessive. But if the market can support, who am I to argue with economics?

Yanks' Wang feeling better
Open Thread: Rasner hits the Pacific League
  • Pablo Zevallos

    But Ben its TEH FREE MARKET ECONOMY!!! No one can argue with It.

  • DonnieBaseballHallofFame

    A spring training game is a max $20 experience. I go to Spring Training as much as possible but no way would I pay that. But thats just me.

  • Jesus

    Its really like a $40-$45 ticket, which is still high for spring training since it includes $20 food coupon, $10 parking, and a $15-$20 cap.

  • Jake K.

    I know this is off topic, but there’s no open thread tonight: Yanks have sold Rasner’s right to a Japanese team (at his request). Nothing earth-shattering, but it’s another $1 mil for the coffers.

    • JD


      • Ben K.


        We’ve got the news posted now.

      • JD

        That would be great so I don’t have to see him in Yankee pinstripes again! Now lets get CC to sign that contract already and acquire Peavy!

  • RustyJohn

    Maybe Dodger fans can ask the federal government for a ticket bailout and then the government can print more money out of thin air and give it to ticket holders.

  • Capital T

    Friends who had “season” spring training tickets for the Yankees were getting double thier money on stub hub last year. They called it easy money. Not so sure this year with the economy the way it is.

    Spring training is a great trip. Some baseball, a little golf, some beach time, more baseball and sun. what’s not to like

  • Steve

    Ruining? Did you read down a bit further?

    “The Dodgers are charging $30, $26 and $24 for everything else between the bases, and $18 for reserved seats otherwise.”

    If you don’t want to pay $90, nobody is forcing you to. You have plenty of other choices. This is the same complaint we hear about the new stadium $1500 seats behind home plate. You don’t want to pay $1500, there are plenty of other good seats available for $12-$100.