Another baseball season is upon us. Spring training is already well under way and opening days across the nation will start in the next few weeks. Baseball is one of the greatest American past times and one that deserves to be experienced in person at least once in life. If you’re lucky enough to live in a town with an MLB team, then set a date to see a game. If not, a road trip can be a fun summer vacation or research what minor league or college teams are in your town, too.
With regards to ticket pricing, big rival games usually have more expensive ticket prices, so think about going on a weekday against a team that’s less popular in your league.
If you’re taking your kids for the first time or if you’ve never been to a baseball stadium yourself, I advise arriving early to take a look around. This goes for those who are visiting a new stadium, too. Once the crowd pours in, it’ll be more difficult to navigate and you’ll feel rushed to explore everything you want to see.
A lot of stadiums are located in an area of town that has restaurants and shops surrounding it. Some stadiums have an awards area for all the accomplishments that their team has achieved, and all stadiums will share the history of their team and their ballpark. Allow yourself time to soak up this information and the true experience of being at the ballgame.
When you plan your baseball trip, think about making a sign or another way to show team spirit. This also gives you a chance to be filmed and seen on the big screen when camera crews show shots of fans in the stands. Make sure everything is properly spelled and of course, no profanity. Read through the rules listed on each MLB website as to what items you can bring inside the ballpark, so when you arrive you don’t have to return things to your car.
Next, cruise around the section where your seats are located and check out the concession stands. Many stadiums are now known for their food offerings. Almost anywhere you go, you’ll get the good ol’ standbys of hot dogs, peanuts, and cracker jacks, but certain ballparks have food specific for their stadium or foods that are aligned with their city’s culture. Seeing everything before selecting what you want will ensure that you don’t miss out on anything good!
Once you finally get to your seat, settle in and look through the program. If your seats are far away, consider bringing a small pair of binoculars. Prepare for the pre-game ceremonies which include the singing or playing of the national anthem as well as other fun activities before the first pitch. When the game gets going, feel the energy of the crowd and experience the fun of a baseball game live rather than watching it on TV.
One last tip to keep in mind is to check the team’s website before you buy your ballgame tickets to verify dates and times, if there are any ballpark fan giveaways that day, and information about parking and what is allowed in the stadium. Other than that, have fun and play ball!