Inflation seems to have affected every aspect of our lives, from grocery stores to cars to even our favorite retailers.
Event tickets haven’t been spared either, and now it looks like one of America’s favorite pastimes is also feeling the effects of price hikes.
A new study of The Hustle found that the average cost for a family of four to attend an MLB game is now a whopping $204.76.
The studio assumes the cost as four tickets, two beers, two sodas, four hot dogs and parking.
According to the report, the highest price was attending a Red Sox game in Boston: A family trip to Fenway Park averaged $324. The most affordable baseball game was the Arizona Diamondbacks, which cost $126.
At Chase Field in Phoenix, where the Diamondbacks play, the average ticket price was $35.93, while the average price of a beer was $6.87. (At a New York Mets game in Queens, a beer will cost you nearly double at $12.)
The study provided mixed results comments on Twitterwith those who responded arguing over whether or not the prices were exorbitant.
“Here’s an idea, don’t jack up the prices of everything in a stadium and then cry about the death of the sport when people stop going,” one user wrote.
“No one forces the family to buy beer, hot dogs and soft drinks. I don’t want to pay concession prices, eat before you go,” said another. “I will never have sympathy for people who complain about concession prices.”
And while nothing can beat the thrill of watching a live game, it seems fans may be at their breaking point.
A recent study by OnlineBetting.com found that 69% of Americans have not gone to a baseball game this year, and 71% said they will not because of inflation.
The same survey found that the New York Yankees had the most expensive game experience and the Boston Red Sox have the most expensive overall game experience.