While the Arizona Diamondbacks are struggling at the moment, they’re still in the NL West race and could make things interesting in the division as the season moves along. As the summer approaches, families will begin to have more free time and may want to make a trip to Chase Field to see Paul Goldschmidt and the rest of the gang try to gain ground in the National League. In this economic climate, you try to save money wherever you can, which is why it’s fortunate that Arizona is one of the MLB teams with the lowest average ticket prices. Even so, there are some tips prospective ticket buyers can use to save a couple dollars more.
One piece of advice: if you’re unwilling to spend above-average prices for a ticket, try to avoid games with teams that are coming with strong fan bases. These teams will cause the price of tickets to slightly increase due to increased demand. This applies to nationally popular teams, such as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox (who are now coming more often thanks to interleague play). It also applies to popular teams that aren’t too distant from Chase Field, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers. Another game factor that can affect the price is the name of the starting pitcher; the higher-profile matchup will attract more demand, thus raising prices. So, you may opt to go to a Patrick Corbin or a Rubby de la Rosa start rather than a Zack Greinke game if you want to save some bucks.
In the summertime, when nights in Arizona are much more palatable than the daytime, ticket prices are slightly higher for night games. However, if you’re willing to invest in a small portable fan and you have an understanding boss who would give you a day off (if not, then if you’re willing to use your sick day), you can buy tickets to a midweek day game, which will be much cheaper than a weekend night game.
Of course, if you’re on the hunt for cheap tickets online, make sure to search all the major ticket-selling sites (Ticketmaster, StubHub, SeatGeek) so you can compare prices and try to find the best deals. However, given the old-fashioned nature of baseball, there’s nothing wrong with trying to seek out scalpers outside the stadium if you’re willing to engage in face-to-face transactions for a steal. In summary, the key is to be thorough. If you look through all your options, you’ll surely get a good seat to see the Diamondbacks score some runs while not having to empty your wallet to do so.