Now that baseball season is now in full swing, it's time to start budgeting for your next game. And if you're looking to pinch pennies, a new study suggests you could bring a few beers to enjoy in the parking lot ahead of the first pitch.
According to the MLB Fan Cost Index from Team Marketing Report, the cost of a beer at Globe Life Park in Arlington increased to $6 for 16 ounces, which is $1 more than last season. It's likely a little pricier for the craft beer options available, too.
Before you raise your pitchforks, consider that the league's average beer price is $5.90 for a similar size. The poor Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies fans are paying $7.75 per beer, the highest in among all 30 teams. Contrarily, the Colorado Rockies boast the cheapest beer at $3 for a 12-ounce drink.
The increase in the cost of a beer mirrors an overall bump in price to attend a Rangers game -- up 7.4 percent since last season, says the study.
Comparatively, tickets to a Rangers game are not more expensive, staying flat at $23.64 for general seating and $62.77 for premium seats.
So where are fan going to spend more cash this season? Everywhere else.
Parking, concessions and merch all increased slightly, according to the index. (Are you really surprised with the advent of crazy eats like the $27 Wicked Pig and chicken-doughnut skewers?) But there's a silver lining here: the Rangers' prices are average across the board at an estimated $204. 56 Fan Cost Index (FCI). The index is based on the total for four adult tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four regular hot dogs, parking for one car and two hats, meaning you don't have to refinance the house to take the family to a Rangers baseball game.
Folks in Boston are paying the most per game at $360.66 FCI, while fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks are paying the least at $132.10 FCI. See the full report here.