Comparing Beer, Hot Dog, and Ticket Prices at Major League Baseball Parks

Batter up! The 2016 Major League baseball season begins on April 3 with a Sunday afternoon game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. If you're curious about how much fans paid to attend or buy popular baseball foods and drinks at their (and a number of other teams') games last year, look no further than our "Comparing Hot Dog and Beer Prices at Baseball Parks" infographic below. This helpful illustration is chock full of fun facts about beer and hot dog prices at different ballparks, how much fans spent to attend games, and a variety of other statistics on attendance in 2014 and 2015.

Baseball Stadium Price Infographic

Ever wonder how much it costs to buy a beer at Fenway Park or a hot dog at Camden Yards? Well, wonder no more. We crunched the numbers for all thirty major league ballparks and compiled this illustrated guide for baseball lovers across the country.

Which ballparks charge the least (and the most) for a beer?

Cheap – Expensive

  • Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field): $4
  • Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field): $4
  • Los Angeles Angels (Angel Stadium of Anaheim): $4.50
  • Oakland Athletics (O.co Coliseum): $4.50
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park): $5.50
  • Miami Marlins (Marlins Park): $6
  • Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre): $6.79
  • Minnesota Twins (Target Field): $7.50
  • Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park): $7.75
  • Philadelphia Phillies (Citizens Bank Park): $7.75

Fun Fact: An estimated 14.6 million beers (about 1.2 million gallons) are sold at major league stadiums every year. That’s enough to fill 1.7 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Which ballparks charge the least (and the most) for a hot dog?

Cheap – Expensive

  • Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ball Park): $1
  • Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park at Camden Yards): $1.50
  • New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium): $3
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park): $3.25
  • Toronto Blue Jays (Rogers Centre): $4.98
  • Tampa Bay Rays (Tropicana Field): $5
  • Oakland Athletics (O.co Coliseum): $5.25
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodger Stadium): $5.50
  • Miami Marlins (Marlins Park): $6
  • New York Mets: $6.25

Fun Fact: An estimated 22 million hot dogs are sold yearly at major league ballparks. Lined up from end-to-end, that’s 3,100 miles, or about the distance from Boston to San Francisco.

What’s the total amount you would spend at a game?

Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field):

  • Ticket: $17.98
  • Hot Dog: $2.75
  • Beer: $4
  • Total: $24.73

It would cost a total of $49.46 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Phoenix, AZ is $22,610 or $10.87 an hour. You would need to work a total of 2.28 hours to pay for the game.

Oakland Athletics (O.co Coliseum)

  • Ticket: $24
  • Hot Dog: $5.25
  • Beer: $5
  • Total: $34.25

It would cost a total of $68.50 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Oakland, CA is $29,135 or $14.09 an hour. You would need to work a total of 2.43 hours to pay for the game.

Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field)

  • Ticket: $31
  • Hot Dog: $4.50
  • Beer: $6
  • Total: $41.50

It would cost a total of $83 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Seattle, WA is $36,588 or $17.59 an hour. You would need to work a total of 2.36 hours to pay for the game.

Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park)

  • Ticket: $31.82
  • Hot Dog: $4.75
  • Beer: $5
  • Total: $41.57

It would cost a total of $83.14 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Houston, TX is $23,202 or $11.15 an hour. You would need to work a total of 3.73 hours to pay for the game.

St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium)

  • Ticket: $34.20
  • Hot Dog: $4.25
  • Beer: $5
  • Total: $43.45

It would cost a total of $86.90 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in St. Louis, MO is $32,687 or $15.71 an hour. You would need to work a total of 2.77 hours to pay for the game.

Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park)

  • Ticket: $52.34
  • Hot Dog: $5.25
  • Beer: $7.75
  • Total: $54.34

It would cost a total of $108.68 for you and a friend to go to a game. The average per capita income in Boston, MA is $56,464 or $27.15 an hour. You would need to work a total of 2 hours to pay for the game.

What’s the average attendance for all teams?

2014: 30,436 per game

2015: 30,477 per game

Teams that won more games than previous year: + 1248 attendance

Teams that won fewer or the same number of games than previous year: - 1302 attendance

Teams that lowered ticket prices or kept them the same: + 374 attendance

Teams that raised their ticket prices: - 416 attendance

Teams that lowered ticket prices and won more games: + 1498 attendance

Teams that raised ticket prices and won fewer game: - 854 attendance

Fun Fact: The most expensive ticket ever sold went for $9,999 in a 2009 World Series ticket at the brand new Yankee Stadium!

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Get Your Restaurant Ready for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a day meant to commemorate the unlikely victory of Mexican troops over French invaders, but north of the border, this day is typically spent watching parades, eating Tex-Mex food, and of course, drinking margaritas. Thanks to Americans’ perception of this day in history, bars and restaurants can take full advantage of offering great food and drink deals that bring in the profits. So, if you’re looking to get your restaurant ready for Cinco de Mayo, or you've noticed your stock is running low, be sure to check out some of our products below.

Bar Supplies for Cinco de Mayo

One of the most expected drinks to see on special at any bar or restaurant on Cinco de Mayo is the margarita. Whether you’re serving up traditional margaritas with hand-squeezed limes, or your bartender is combining tequila with funky flavors like sriracha, cantaloupe, or hibiscus, we have the bar supplies you need to keep up with the overload of drink orders you’re sure to get.

Cinco de Mayo Foods

After drinking all of those margaritas, your customers will start craving spicy, delicious Mexican food. We offer a range of consumables that allow your cooks to prep anything from tacos and fajitas to guacamole and quesadillas. Plus, since many of these ingredients are ready to use straight out of their containers, prep time will be cut in half.

Mexican-Inspired Servingware

Be sure to deliver customers their appetizers, entrees, and sides in the proper servingware. We have a variety of bowls, platters, and dishware that are sure to complement the theme of your Mexican fiesta. Plus, many of these items are constructed from break-resistant materials that are safe for use in your busy restaurant or bar.

Preparation Supplies for Cinco de Mayo Cuisine

Last but not least, it’s important to stock up on food prep supplies that will make it easier to make tortillas for fajitas, shred lettuce for tacos, and grind spices for salsas. Whether you’re looking for hand tools or small equipment, we have you covered.


Whether you run a Tex-Mex or Mexican restaurant, or you specialize in another cuisine but are joining in on the Cinco de Mayo fun, you’ve come to the right place. By stocking up on these Mexican restaurant supplies and serving up delicious margaritas and food, you’re sure to have a successful and profitable Cinco de Mayo.

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How to Host a Speed Dating Event at Your Restaurant

Hosting a speed dating night is an excellent opportunity for your restaurant or bar to facilitate romance while also attracting new patrons. Many businesses charge participants a registration or cover fee, which, along with food drink sales, will increase your revenue. In addition to creating a pleasant and playful environment, a successful speed dating event will strengthen your restaurant's reputation and improve the likelihood of drawing first time or repeat customers.

What is Speed Dating?

The first speed dating event took place in California in late 1998 and was inspired by a rabbi who sought to help Jewish singles meet new people and get married. Speed dating is designed to give participants the opportunity to go on mini dates with anywhere from 10 to 25 (or more) people in a single evening. Each date lasts between 3 and 10 minutes, giving the pair time to get to know each other while also keeping them from being stuck with a bad match for too long.

During the dating portion of the evening, a predetermined group of individuals will stay seated at the same tables throughout the night, while the rest of the participants will move from table to table. When the allotted time is up, the host will ring a buzzer or bell signifying that it is time to move to the next date. At the end of the event, participants write down the names of anyone they are interested in; if there is a match, the host will forward contact information to both people within a day or so.

How Should You Prepare?

With the proper tools, planning and executing a successful speed dating night can be both exciting and fulfilling. Once you have decided to host an event, you should begin advertising at least a month in advance to give potential participants plenty of time to sign up. Depending on the size and popularity of your restaurant, consider advertising online, through signage outside your restaurant, in your town's newspaper or magazine, or even on the local radio or TV station.

You could also look into partnering with an online dating site like Match.com or eHarmony, both of which frequently hold regional speed dating events for members. On the special night, it can also be helpful to have a small card with helpful "getting to know you" questions at each table to facilitate conversation between potentially bashful participants. Additionally, provide each individual with a card and writing utensil for them to note the dates they felt the most connection with and are interested in getting to know further.

Why Should You Host a Speed Dating Event?

Much like a trivia or karaoke night, hosting a speed dating event is sure to bring more customers through your doors, boost sales, and allow you to show off your restaurant as fun, welcoming, and the place to be. Whether you have 10 participants or 50, you'll also leave with a few extra dollars in your pocket through registration or cover fees. Most hosts charge between $20 and $80 per person.

Be sure to also have your bar open and stocked, as a drink or two can go a long way towards helping participants relax and open up. You can also offer appetizers and small plates for customers to munch on after the dates have finished up and everyone is mingling. All of these elements create more revenue and visibility for your establishment, which will attract new customers and increase the likelihood of your throwing another lucrative speed dating night.

When it comes to hosting the perfect speed dating night, a little preparation goes a long way. The most important thing to remember is that, ultimately, you are providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for vulnerable singles looking to meet a mate. After all, two of your participants may fall in love, live happily ever after, and, even more importantly, tell everyone they know about how wonderful your restaurant is.

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Get Paid for Product Reviews at WebstaurantStore

One of the best things about shopping online is the availability of customer reviews. You can read about the pros and cons of a product before you make the final decision to purchase, which gives you a better idea of what you're actually paying for. At WebstaurantStore, we value feedback from our customers, which is why we will actually pay you to submit product reviews. Read on to learn more about this awesome incentive.

Why Submit a Product Review to WebstaurantStore?

When you add a review, photo, or video to a product you’ve purchased, we add store credit to your account to be used for future orders. If you have experience with the product, why not use your experience to earn money? Check out the chart below to see how you can make up to $16.00 per product!

How Does it Work?

To start reviewing products, you have to register for an account. If you already have an account, simply log in. Next, find a product that you’ve purchased or used and click the box in the bottom right of your screen that looks like the image below. Now you can write your review and add a star rating based on your experience with the product.

What Makes a Good Review?

You don’t have to write a novel to tell other customers about a product. Simply tell us what you think. What features do you like or dislike? How do you use the product in your establishment? How does the product look and feel? Write anything you think is relevant, and after your review is approved, you’ll get paid!

Here’s an example of an excellent review from Shela V. about her stainless steel sheet pan:


I love this pan! Nice and heavy (not too heavy), so much easier to clean than my aluminum ones, which look horrible after going through the dishwasher. Nice, even cooking surface. I wish I had more of these!

Not only do reviews help other customers make informed purchasing decisions, they also give you the opportunity to tell us how we're doing. So, if you've ordered from WebstaurantStore in the past or if you're planning to place your first order, don't forget to leave your feedback and get your store credit!

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The Difference Between Local and Organic Food

Should I buy local? Should I buy organic? What’s the difference between the two? Ever since 2010 when the National Restaurant Association listed local and organic on their “What’s Hot” food trends, it seems like these are questions a lot of people have been asking. While the two terms often get lumped together, there are differences between local and organic food.

Organic Food

Any food that has a USDA organic label, whether it’s produce, dairy, or meat, must be grown and processed according to federal guidelines. So, what exactly are these guidelines? While there are many, the main factors are soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and the use of additives.

Fruits and vegetables can be classified as organic if they’re grown in soil that hasn’t had “applied substances”, like synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, for three years prior to harvest. But when it comes to meat and dairy products, the animals must be raised in “living conditions accommodating their natural behaviors”. This means that the animals weren’t confined to small areas and were able to freely move about. These animals also can’t be injected with antibiotics or hormones and can’t ingest food that isn’t 100% organic feed and forage. Use of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) while organic food is being grown or handled is also prohibited.

Local Food

What makes food “locally grown” is a little bit trickier to define than organic food since local food isn’t regulated. Even though the 2008 Farm Act states that in order for food to be labeled as “local” it must be transported less than 400 miles from its origin, a 2010 study done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that “there is no consensus on a definition in terms of the distance between production and consumption.” However, many restauranteurs have agreed that local is anything that is grown within a 150-mile radius. This means that the produce and meat you’re buying that’s labeled “local” could have actually been grown a few states away or even produced from a factory farm.

What should you take away from this?

While food that is labeled organic is often going to be 47% more expensive than non-organic food, you and your guests can be comforted knowing that your food was raised humanely and without harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides. However, a study did find that this doesn’t necessarily mean that organic food is more nutritious than its non-organic counterparts.

When it comes to “locally grown food”, it’s important to ask your suppliers about where the food comes from. If you see that produce is being labeled as “local” but find out that it really comes from a few states away, this most likely means that it features chemicals that help to preserve the lifespan of the product. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does have a set level for pesticide use, it’s still important that you properly clean your fruits and veggies in order to remove any harmful chemicals.

Posted in: Green Products | By Emily Hepner
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