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November 07, 20232 min read

Is there anything better than taking in a baseball game, one hand holding a dog and the other a beer? We've got two great teams here in the city and a ballgame is a fun way to experience the, er, enthusiasm of New Yorkers during the summer months. We get loud, people! Here's what you need to know:


Yankees

General Seating tickets start at $10 but can get to be quite expensive. A Pinstripe Pass costs only $15, because you don't actually get a seat; it's standing room only. But it does include a beer or a Pepsi! Premium seating , i.e., the sections surrounding the field, will cost you...think $300 to $500 per ticket.
Ticket prices are based on the perceived value of the event, so the Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox--a famed rivalry--will cost $30 for nosebleed seats and the sky's the limit when you want to watch the action from behind home base.


The best food other than a Nathan's Famous hot dog at Yankee Stadium? Buffalo Wild Wings, shrimp and roast beef o'boys, Mighty Quinn's BBQ and a crispy maple chicken sandwich. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available. Beer-wise, the Yanks have their own brew, the NY Pinstripe Pilsner, exclusive to Yankee Stadium, because they're fancy like that.


Mets
Citi Field tickets are a tad cheaper. While General Admission start at $15, premium seats can top out at less than $300. On the higher end, one of the Mets biggest rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies, tickets start at $38 for general admission and primo seats can go up to $500.


Foodwise, Nathan's hot dogs rule here as well. (Of course they do.) Plus you'll find Blue Smoke barbecue, Shake Shack burgers, Fuku's fried chicken sandwiches, Cracker Jacks and Mr. Softee. Vegetarian, kosher and gluten-free options are available. Local craft beers are available via Empire State Craft.


Your best bet for a cheap seat is to wait as long as possible before buying your ticket. Unsually, a few hours before the game is a good time to buy, although some sites (StubHub) will sell event tickets right up until the first pitch. Apparently, the average cost of a ticket nationwide is around $40, so you can use that as a barometer.


Have a great weekend, everyone!


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