Chicago, IL – In a metropolis in the center of the United States, where baseball is the pastime of the country, the fans have finally taken a stand. Their visible strike hasn’t gone unnoticed. This year, the Chicago Cubs and White Sox chose not to raise ticket prices, finally succumbing to lacking butts in seats.

It may have to do with performance which in turn may have to do with attendance. At the end of the day, YOU were the reason the ticket prices didn’t go up. The White Sox even lowered their ticket prices $13 on average. They want you to come back to the ballpark. Will you oblige?

South Side Slumber

The White Sox have always been the little brother, and that family relation metaphor may even be a bit complimentary. The White Sox have a World Series trophy from nine years ago, and in the landscape of money and fandom, it apparently means nothing.

Sure, many of the fans on the South Side are hard working blue collar residents. The economy still hasn’t rebounded, and when you factor everything in, a day at The Cell with your family is damn near a monthly car payment. That’s ONE game. Try to do that with an 11-game plan. Many true fans can’t afford it. The corporations that provide tickets, well, their clients may not be interested, despite the tickets being provided at cost or for free.

Why Cubs Are Worth Twice As Much As Sox

 

Cubs Tickets Are An InConvenience

The Chicago Cubs have the highest price increase above regular ticket price in MLB, which many fans probably don’t know nor realize. For a set of four tickets to a game, it will cost you just under $30 in addition to the obvious ticket price. Part of this is due to city taxes, which are a separate fee. This could explain why Wrigley Field has seen a 4,400 person dip each game. The White Sox include this tax fee into their convenience fee.

I’d argue that going to the Box Office at US Cellular Field is a bit easier as well. Right off the highway, no CPD officers have ever harassed me for leaving my car running on 35th to run and get tickets. The traffic around Wrigley Field is pretty intense, causing many fans that don’t live in the area to obtain their tickets via a different method.

Beer Prices Are For the Birds

Let’s be real. There are real fans at Wrigley Field. There are. The problem is that those nerds don’t want to get their scorecard wet, so they don’t get beer. The people getting the beer are more concerned with the weather than the product on the base paths. Obviously, people love drinking under the sun with the temperatures hitting the 90′s, but NO ONE wants to spend $80 just to get a buzz.

Wrigley Field’s Beer Choices Will Make You Happy

 

I understand why beer costs what it does at sporting events. There’s a market, and the baseball stadiums would be dumb not to follow the trends set across the country. When the teams on the North and South Sides were as bad as they were, consumption of beer may be needed to get through nine innings.

Personally, when I go to a game, I stick to the cheap domestics. Miller Lite has my heart on a warm summer night. Many people are happy about the increased beer choices on both sides of town this season, but I just don’t get it. It’s already expensive enough to drink what is generally known as cheap beer, and now you want me to pay more to drink something I won’t remember drinking eight innings later? Not sure I like that idea.

Lack of Superstars

To be fair to the fans, I would get drunk as well if Emilio Bonifacio was my favorite team’s lead-off hitter.

 

There’s no way to defend these clubs, but trying to improve the fan’s experience seems to be of major importance on both sides of town. The White Sox are offering new food and new drinks, and a new Bar/Restaurant for fans to enjoy food and drinks at. The Cubs have unveiled their plans to upgrade Wrigley Field and make it more fan friendly. Do you really think the prices for a seat at these stadiums won’t increase with these changes taking effect?

Right now, not many people are paying to see Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. Even less people are paying to see Chris Sale and Jose Abreu. They should be, but they aren’t. They are not household names. Maybe to you (Hello, reader!) they are, but keep in mind that you are on a Chicago sports website.

So, congrats guys and girls – - – you did it! You refused to pay asinine amounts of money to watch abysmal baseball. Now, that means this year you have the same exact chance to pay a slightly less asinine amount of money to watch slightly less abysmal baseball. YOU’RE ALL WINNERS!

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Source(s): Yahoo!, HardballTimes X 2

 



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4 Responses

  1. Dorothy Cole Domrzalski

    Not sure how seriously I should take the opinions on someone who would DRIVE to Wrigley Field to get tickets. Are you perhaps not aware that the Cubs have their own El stop? I’m a Sox fan but even I have to concede the Cubs one major advantage: as they say in real estate, “location, location, location.”

  2. Timothy Janice Seitz Harr

    I’ve been saying this for a few years now. I refuse to attend another game or buy any more merchandise until the cubs put a product on the field worth supporting. I’ve been a fan for 30 years. It’s time I see a return on my emotional and financial investment.

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