Braves are discounted on field but not at Disney box office (wait, $49?)

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Braves brought 70 players to spring training, including 39 pitchers. There are so many players in Camp Everybody Has A Chance that when the entire roster of players stood in a straight line for the spring opener the other day, they stretched from home plate, past first base to halfway into the outfield.

“There’s opportunities here,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said, smiling.

So how much are you willing to pay to watch so many “Braves of the future” attempt to seize their opportunity? It’s a given that the team will not be good this season: sportsbooks’ projections range from 65 to 66½ games (or 97 to 95½ losses) and the team is expected to have the majors’ fourth-lowest payroll.  So how good will spring training baseball be?

Well, the price gougers at Disney have put a price on the product. And it’s absurd. The Braves are quick to point this is not their call, but admission for Thursday’s spring training game against Detroit at Disney’s Wide World of Sports started — started — at $20. That was just to sit on the berm behind the left field wall, to the right of the foul pole.  Ticket prices went up from there: $25 for general admission on the lawn down the left field line, $34 for an actual seat in the upper level or down the right field line and $49 for lower level reserve.

I believe there’s a 10 percent discount for those donating a major organ.

The cost would be outrageous even if the Braves weren’t projected to finish with the second-worst record in the majors. (For what it’s worth, Braves’ regular-season tickets start at $7 to $11.)

The stadium was about half full Thursday. (Attendance was announced as 5,618 in a stadium with a listed capacity of 9,500.)

Also, here’s a sampling of concession prices at the stadium: $12.50 for an Angus beef burger basket, $11.75 for a grilled chicken basket, $8.50 for a hot dog basket, $4.50 for popcorn, $3.50 for sunflower seeds, $3.50 for a potato chips, $11 for domestic beer and $13 for craft beer.

The Braves’ spring training contract with Disney is up after the 2017 season. But their inability to find a new training home could prompt them to extend the deal for an extra year or two.

So if you’re planning to attend a spring training game, start saving.

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LSThrasher04
LSThrasher04

@JeffSchultzAJC I defend Disney when their price increases are announced (record attendance will do that), but this is way too high for ST.

OH:IO
OH:IO

No wonder I don't care about baseball anymore.

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

Spring Training used to be a decent value.  Visiting teams used to actually bring top players some of the time, and before the adult autograph dealer/vultures ruined it most players used to take time to sign autographs.

ChoppinThroughLife
ChoppinThroughLife

I hate to break it to you all, but that is the going price for everyone for Spring Training. You can get decent seats on StubHub for 30 bucks per person. And if you can't afford 30 for a baseball game, why are you wasting your time on a message board? Go get a job. 

Gman84
Gman84

The only thing funnier than the prices are the fools willing to pay those prices

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

Spot on.  It is absurd.   Was going to bring my kids down for a game or two.  After seeing the prices, we decided to look elsewhere.


And dont tell us....the Braves have nothing to do with it.

ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

The hazy lazy days of being able to watch major leaguers on the cheap during spring training are long gone. It was probably a couple of decades ago that owners (or landlords) realized that spring training could be another opportunity to soak the public.   

ckdawgs
ckdawgs

Yeah they need to get out of there, that's nuts.

ChoppinThroughLife
ChoppinThroughLife

@ckdawgs It's pretty comparable to most of the teams in the area. That's the going rate. The reason why there are cheap tickets for the regular season is because there are 9x as many seats. Also, when they move do you think prices will drop? Doubtful...

kumon
kumon

Only thing I can say is WHY?

E983
E983

Ok, I've been a bit under the weather but I'm back. I read something a couple of weeks back, correct me if I'm wrong, where Liberty was offering a prayer cloth for a few dollars donated to the cause or something like that in Cobb County to help out the Braves. So Jeff, they're gouging the folks down in Disney now trying to raise money for the new stadium up in Cobb County. Are they offering bats, balls, bobble head dolls, prayer cloths?

rodan1219
rodan1219

How sad, that for THIS team, it costs more to watch them play practice games than for games that count.  Wonder how much the Cobb Braves will be charging.

tfox0004
tfox0004

@JeffSchultzAJC I need more details on these beer prices....do they still have the refills for cheaper in the souvenir cups?

MoreySims
MoreySims

the team is terrible and they are charging $49 to some meaningless spring training game??? classic!!! the fools in that company have run the Atl organization in the ground!

SomeGuy627
SomeGuy627

I've got tickets to the Braves/Mets spring training game on a Saturday.  $190 for family of four (after all Ticketmaster surcharges).  It is really high, but still a better experience than going to the Ted.

TOJacket
TOJacket

Those are cheap hot dogs........they have veins in them!

BTC
BTC

Absurd. And yet, lot of folks pony up...

tmc
tmc

They couldn't pay me, to watch them in spring training... and most likely regular season too! You gotta be kidding me with those prices. This is just a window into the new Sun Trust Park $$$. Get ready cause it's coming.

CoronaGT
CoronaGT

@MarcusE_Watson @JeffSchultzAJC The prices vary a bit, and while the Braves' prices are on the high side, they are not really atypical.  The Astros play down the road in Kissimmee and tickets there range from $35 for an upper level seat to $60 for a lower level seat.  The Nationals' prices vary depending on the opponent; regular games range from $13-$31, while "marquee" games range from $18-$36.  The Yankees charge $30-$35 for spring training tickets.  The Marlins charge $20-$57 for weekend games.

Belle8
Belle8

Do like we do in Atlanta, buy the cheapest ticket, bribe an usher, sit in a good spot. Cheaper than $49.00 per person.