Our family really loves going to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play, but if we’re not careful it can really break the bank. My personal philosophy is that I would rather go to more games in the season and be budget conscious than go to one game and go crazy with extras. Special thanks to the Arizona Diamondbacks for treating us to a game to facilitate this post.
Here are my top 7 money saving tips for attending a Diamondbacks game.
- D-backs Value Pack – for as low as $19 a ticket you can get a game ticket, Subway® sandwich OR regular hot dog and regular Pepsi. Depending on where you want to sit in the stadium the value pack ranges in price from $19-$30. Awesome deal, right?
- Kids get in free – Have your kids sign-up for the D-Backs Kids Club and they can get into every Sunday home game for free! That’s right, free! They just need to take their Kids Club card to the box office on game day.
- $2 Value items – Throughout the concession stands you can find special $2 value items. Value items include: Hot Dog, Corn Dog, Popcorn, or Soda. Make sure you check the concession stand menu before ordering. The special value items will be marked.
- Bring your own food and water- No need to sneak your food in, Chase Field allows you to bring your own food in as long as it meets a few guidelines:
- Large bags or items that exceed 11″ x 11″ x 15″ in dimension will not be allowed into the ballpark. Soft coolers ONLY will be authorized as long as they are within the 11″ x 11″ x 15″ requirement. Any food item should be brought in a clear plastic grocery style bag. Below is our soft cooler. We LOVE it! Keeps our water bottles and food items cold.
- Only non-flavored/non-carbonated water in sealed, plastic bottles
- Empty, plastic water bottles
- Sealed, single-serving juice boxes
- Formula/baby food
- Be a designated driver – Did you know that designated drivers get a free soda? That’s right, there are kiosks all over the stadium where you can sign up as a designated driver. You put in some personal information, swipe your driver’s license, and a free soda coupon prints out. Obviously, this tip only works if you are indeed a designated driver. Here’s my son holding the free designated driver soda. You can see it’s larger than the value size soda that my daughter is holding. Also pictured, value size popcorn.
- Circle K Strike out meter – The day after every home game you can check out the Circle K app and see what free item was earned based on the number of strikeouts during the game. The more strikeouts, the higher value free item. You don’t have to attend the game to claim the free item. Everything you need is in the app. How is this a money saving tip for the game? We keep the free items like chips and Pillsbury cookies and bring them to the next game we attend. In other words, free snacks! Free items in the past have included: a Thirstbuster, bag of Circle K brand chips, Pillsbury cookies, Whoopie Pie, Hot Dog.
Let me break down our last game for you. I made chicken tenders at home before the game and brought them in a soft sided insulated lunch bag. The insulated bag kept them hot until we were ready to eat. In our slightly larger Dback cooler bag, we had 7 sealed bottles of partially frozen water, Kettle Chips(free), Mini Chocolate Chip cookies(free), and some apples. We redeemed the designated driver coupon and purchased two value items. We had plenty of food! Our out of pocket on concessions was $4.
Dinner is served! It looks good enough that is could have come from the ballpark.
I have one more money saving deal for you. Take Mom to see the Diamondbacks play on Mother’s Day and you can get up to 40% off your tickets! The first 10,000 moms also get this awesome clutch! Just visit dbacks.com/phx-kids for more information and to buy your tickets!
Armed with this money saving tips, you can take your whole family to the ballpark for a fun family outing. Do you have any money saving tips? Leave them in the comments below!
Disclosure: We received free admission to a Dbacks game in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.