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5 ballparks that will ding your wallet

Buy me some ... peanuts or Cracker Jack
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Buy me some ... peanuts or Cracker Jack

The next time someone serenades you to take them out to the ballgame, maybe ask them to choose between peanuts or Cracker Jack.

A recent report shows some Major League Baseball parks will cost a pretty penny for that unrivaled experience of spending a warm evening at the yard this season. Many parks remain one of the better bargains in town, but the pastime isn't exactly cheap.

The San Francisco Giants have sold 7,000 season tickets since their World Series win last fall, and despite that decreased ticket supply in AT&T Park, they can still be an affordable draw.

"Winning the World Series doesn't mean you can go crazy," said Russ Stanley, managing vice president, ticket sales and services, for the Giants. "We spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out what the price is on all of our tickets."

If you live in a major market with a marquee stadium though, baseball is likely going to be a hot ticket.

The average fans will spend $197.35 on a visit to a Major League park in 2011, according to Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing firm that surveyed all 30 Major League clubs on fan costs at the start of the season.

The figure is based on the Fan Cost Index, which takes into account: four adult tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular hot dogs, two programs, two of the least expensive adjustable hats and parking for one car.

So which ballparks are the most expensive this season?




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