Most and Least Expensive Ball Park Beer & Hot Dogs in 2011

By Jim Cohen | October 14, 2011 | 0 Comments |
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As this year’s baseball season enters playoff madness, you may have wondered: wow, how much have I spent at my team’s ballpark? Well, I’m pretty sure we can all agree that it’s too much. In fact, the average price for a "small draft beer" this season was $5.81.

The price above includes light beers like Bud Light and Coors Light. If your stadium is lucky enough to have craft beer, add a few more bucks. I guess the silver lining in the price statistic above is that the price only increased 0.3% over last year. This is less than the estimated inflation rate of 1.5%, so I guess technically we’re doing better than we were before (marginally).

Here is a quick table of the five most expensive places to buy beer and hot dogs:

Most Expensive Beer


Most Expensive Hot Dogs

1. Philadelphia Phillies



1. Tampa Bay Rays


2. Florida Marlins



2. L.A. Dodgers


3. Minnesota Twins



3. NY Mets


4. Toronto Blue Jays



4. Florida Marlins


5. Boston Red Sox



5. Toronto Blue Jays





Least Expensive Beer


Lease Expensive Hot Dogs

1. Arizona Diamondbacks



1. Cincinnati Reds


2. L.A. Angels



2. Baltimore Orioles


3. Cleveland Indians



3. Oakland A’s


4. Oakland A’s



4. Pittsburg Pirates


5. Pittsburg Pirates



5. NY Yankees


Source: NY Times.

We feel bad for those who see their names in both expensive columns: Toronto Blue Jays (81-81) and Florida Marlins (72-90). Especially, since both teams are near the bottom of their divisions. It’s hard to imagine why they are able to charge such outrageous prices?

On the flip side, if you are an Oakland A’s (74-88) or Pittsburg Pirates (72-90) fan – you are doing pretty well.  Although, since both have losing records, our guess is that you probably had to drown your sorrows in beer anyways – so maybe you ended up worse.

Some other interesting facts about baseball this year include: attendance went up from 30,067 in 2010 to 30,091 in 2011; teams that increased ticket prices saw a decrease of ~526 fans; teams that increased prices and lost more games saw a decrease of ~765 fans; and lastly, teams who increased prices and won more games saw a decrease of ~460.

How much do you spend when you go to a game? Are tailgates the way to go these days, especially with the economy? We know one thing: we’re hope there is craft beer subsidy at baseball games pretty soon.

Your Choice. Your Beer. Drink Up.
- Beer Universe

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