by Jane Magaro, Cheapism.com
April is a double-header month: It brings the first blush of spring weather and the start of baseball season. So score a home run with your family by taking them out to the ball game -- cheaply. Because attendance rates vary from game to game, there are usually seats available, many at bargain prices if you know where to look. Check the following sources for cheap baseball tickets, and you'll have enough money left over for peanuts and Cracker Jack.Second hand ticket sites. Check sites such as StubHub, eBay, or Craigslist to find second hand tickets or resales below face value. Many ticket holders turn to these sites to sell off tickets to games they can't attend -- their loss is your gain. You can even find deeply discounted tickets to same-day games. If holders can't sell their tickets in time, they won't be getting any money, so don't be afraid to bargain.Another option for scoring cheap baseball tickets is to use SeatGeek, which searches dozens of secondhand ticketing sites at once. Similar to Kayak for flights, SeatGeek aggregates listings from a variety of sources, including StubHub and eBay, so you can pick the lowest priced tickets with one click.
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Travelzoo. Take a swing at cheap baseball tickets with Travelzoo. You read that correctly: while it may be known primarily as a cheap travel site, Travelzoo also sells baseball tickets and packages as part of its entertainment unit. The site works with the MLB to offer discount baseball tickets through individual teams. Be on the lookout and find tickets at more than half off or packages including concessions during Travelzoo's sales. You may even be able to score cheap box seats and other premium seating for less.
Team or Stadium Websites. Don't overlook the official team website for cheap baseball tickets. Especially during weekdays, when stadium attendance can use a boost, baseball teams may advertise discounts right on their home page to help fill seats. Like Travelzoo's deals, these team deals may include everything from free kids' admission to concessions on top of cheap tickets.
Season ticket holders. You never know who might be a baseball season ticket holder, so ask your family, friends, and co-workers. Season holders likely won't make it to every single home game, so volunteer to take those unneeded tickets off their hands. They would probably rather see their extra tickets go to good use than to go through the trouble of selling them.
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Scalpers. Visit the stadium and bargain with scalpers. Especially for cheap day-of baseball tickets, a ticket scalper or reseller may offer a good deal as well as convenience (they'll be hanging around the stadium before the game). Just be sure to do a little research beforehand and know at what prices tickets are changing hands for the game. (Tip: check the sites specializing in secondhand tickets.) While there is always a risk of coming up empty-handed, you might score a bargain for the family just minutes before the game.
Minor league games. If you're going for the love of the game, a reliably cheap option for baseball tickets is the minor league. Enjoy the atmosphere, snacks, and experience without the big-league prices. Especially for young children, minor league games provide no less thrill and excitement. For the grown-ups, they're much gentler on the wallet.
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