I get nervous about things like this, since I have something of a reputation to keep. But we did fairly well.
There were five of us, and I saved us $11 each on the face price of tickets ($55 total), and found them a parking spot that was $6 cheaper than the Phillies lots (and closer to the ballpark than some of them).
On the way to the game we stopped at a produce shop for a $3 bag of peanuts that was enough for everyone, so that probably saved about $9 if we had bought peanuts inside. I saved $4.50 myself on a free soda.
Inside the ballpark I was something of a tour guide, answering all of their food questions…Wayback burgers, Tony Luke’s, the Schmitter, Federal Donuts, etc. There were two young ones with us that enjoyed the explanation of the neon Liberty Bell in right field.
We had great seats, in the 12th row just behind first base, and they got to try the classic cheesesteaks: the Tony Luke’s with provolone and the Campo’s “Heater”.
A great time was had by all, followed by a very easy exit out of the parking lot back onto the highway. All for about $75 less than it normally would cost.
I’m not trying to brag here. Well okay, I am a little bit. I was pleased enough with the accomplishment that I literally considered hiring myself out as a Baseball Fan Consultant. <grin>
But think about that.
Think about what it costs to gather a group for a ballgame…the tickets, the parking, the food, souvenirs etc. You’re probably going to do that sometime in the future, or at least be part of such a group, right? Now imagine shaving $75 off of that total cost.
What could you do with that $75 while you're in town? Get a nice souvenir, like a jersey? Enjoy a nice meal in Center City? Or even get yourself some gray sweats for the authentic “Rocky running up the Art Museum steps” experience?
Your mileage may vary, of course. But everything that I pulled out of my bag o’ tricks that night…and lots of other hip smarts…are all contained in the Citizens Bank Park E-Guide. You can own it now for a paltry $4.99!
That’s just one case study…I will be including more in the future as I attend games elsewhere. But needless to say, this applies to every Ballpark E-Guide…they’re all packed to the gills with insider knowledge to make you a smarter fan. Sometimes with as much as $75 left over!
Posted by Kurt Smith.