Hot dog: $5
Baseball hat: $16
The New York Mets inaugurated Citi Field at the start of the 2009 season after 44 seasons in the late Shea Stadium, which now rests in peace under a parking lot.
Teams tend to ride the opening of new ballparks to quick contention and an infusion of talent. But sometimes, that isn't what happens. Step right up and meet the Mets!
If you would like to visit the shiny new venue named for the international bank, you'll have to break one, as it turns out. Citi Field is the fifth-most expensive park in the Bigs for 2011, according to Team Marketing Report. The Fan Cost Index for this season (four adults and the works) will average $241.74. That sum might even be palatable when distracted by an exciting, winning product on the field, but Mets fans can finish this sentence for you.
The average ticket price actually dropped 1.3 percent from 2010, to $31.81 for an adult.
That doesn't seem all that bad, even when considering overall tickets and concessions were up 6.5 percent year over year.
Play-ball tip: Try for weekday games, and avoid big draws like the Phillies to find the best deals.