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Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox

Beer: $7.25
Hot dog: $4.50
Baseball hat: $20

Remember when the Boston Red Sox were those lovable losers, all quaint and nostalgic, if only they could get that elusive championship? Me neither.

Two World Series wins in the last seven years and a national memorabilia-wearing mass that makes the Red Sox hat like this decade's cargo shorts will do that. It will also help make Fenway Park in Boston the most expensive park experience in the country on average.

Nostalgia certainly plays a major role as well, as that is something Fenway will arguably always lead the majors in. It is the oldest park in the big leagues and will mark its 100th birthday next season.

The average admission into this baseball shrine is $53.38, and a fun game to play during a slow inning is figuring out exactly how much you paid per inch of leg room (hint: a lot). The real kicker is the Fan Cost Index for Fenway, which leads the league at just more than $339 and is probably a bit more than you were planning on spending for your "Field of Dreams" re-enactment tour.

According to Team Marketing Report, Fenway also leads the league in beer and cap prices and is second in parking -- $27.

Once the cost is stomached, there is something very surreal about looking out at the Green Monster for the first time and feeling how intimate a baseball game can feel in a down-home park filled with the faithful, new or old. It's not cheap, but for fans of any team and baseball purists, many would argue that it's worth every penny. Or Benjamin.

Play-ball tip: Hit the bars before game time, with highest average beer price in the majors -- $7.25.


 

 

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