Almost every fan remembers their first Dodger game, the unforgettable atmosphere and excitement that surrounded going to the game. Many of us were young children when our early experiences at Chavez Ravine hooked us for life, but according to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, that may no longer be a possibility for kids of future generations.
A lifetime of sports fandom often starts with that first vision of the towering stadium before you, that first chance to see star players up close.
This experience has become all but unaffordable for the typical family in the Los Angeles area. https://t.co/HG1fOl4E29
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 26, 2019
Shaikin, along with a study conducted by Team Marketing Report, found that families are being increasingly priced out of professional sporting events.
“The median income for a family of four in Los Angeles County is $78,673, according to the USC Price Center for Social Innovation,” Shaikin wrote. “After accounting for the costs of housing, child care, health care, food, transportation and taxes, that family would be left with $3,413 in discretionary income for the year, $284 per month.”
With this in mind, Shaikin and the Price Center pointed out that a “reasonable” price for a family of four to attend a sporting event would be $100, which currently only the Angels offer a package under that price point. Other LA area teams, including teams in Orange County, either offer limited tickets the day of a game or offer family packages above the $100 mark.
While Dodger tickets are relatively cheap compared to other LA area teams, their average ticket price ($43) is above the “fan cost index” — the total cost of four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, two beers, two hats, and parking — of $33.
Parking alone at Dodger Stadium will set you back at least $25, not to mention the price of a Dodger dog. With the latest $100 million renovation being completed by Opening Day, expect those prices to climb up even more.
Dodger games are great places to be, it’s called Blue Heaven on Earth for a reason, but are we reaching the point to where a family is priced out Chavez Ravine?