Trade Up: Swap a Ho-Hum Night for an Exciting Night of Baseball Without Spending More Cash

Dinner and a movie finally have some competition when it comes to having a night out on the town. For the cost of what you’re probably doing on any ordinary night, Goldstar says you can go to a Major League Baseball game (opening day is Sunday, April 5).

Regardless of your budget, there’s likely an amazing experience waiting for you at the ballpark, for about the same price — or one that’s even better.

Here are a few examples of how the two experiences measure up:

“Yankee Stadium in HDR,” © 2013, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

“Yankee Stadium in HDR,” © 2013, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Big Budget in The Big Apple

Dinner & Movie
$180 for drinks, apps, T-bones and dessert for two at Bronx steakhouse Jake’s (tax and tip included).
$25 for two full-price movie tickets to nearby Bronx theater AMC Bay Plaza.
Total: $205

Ballpark Experience
$200 for two tickets in the posh Jim Beam Suites at Yankee Stadium. The suites offer cushy seats, sweeping views of the field and access to a cocktail lounge. It also includes all the peanuts and popcorn you can eat, plus soda, and you’ll even beat the crowds with exclusive bathrooms and a terrace.
Total: $200

Moderate Budget in Mariners Town

Dinner & Movie
$150 for dinner for two (drinks, meal, dessert) at nearby Mediterranean staple, Andaluca.
$30 for two post-meal movie tickets.
Total: $180

Baseball Experience
$92 for two Terrace Club tickets, which give you wide, padded seats along with exclusive access to Sound Seafood’s Dungeness crab roll and other gourmet delights, not to mention specialty cocktails, craft beer and in-seat wait service. With soaring views over Seattle’s Puget Sound, Safeco Field epitomizes Pacific Northwest fun and ambiance.
Total: $92

"Braves @ Dodgers," © 2012  LWYang, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

“Braves @ Dodgers,” © 2012 LWYang, used under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

Budget-Friendly Night in Los Angeles

Dinner & Movie
$30 for a large “Tony Clifton” pizza (mushrooms, red pepper pesto and onions) at nearby Two Boots, plus two sodas.
$30 for two tickets to downtown’s LA Live theater.
Total: $60

Baseball Experience
$64 for two All-You-Can Eat Pavilion outfield bleacher seats, replete with free nachos, popcorn, peanuts, soda and the famous Dodger Dogs. A few bucks more than the pizza, but you’ll get a close-up view of magnificent slugging right fielder Yasiel Puig and a night with some of baseball’s most passionate fans.
Total: $64

Stadiums across the country offer up cost-varying experiences like these, so whether you’re looking for premium seats or a super affordable bleacher ticket, there are tickets available at a price that fits your budget. Add a discount into the mix, which Goldstar has on the regular, and it’s even more affordable to trade up your dinner and movie night for an exciting time at the ballpark.

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