January 18th, 2017
In my seventeen year life, I’ve gone to Spring Training three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2016. This year, I’m going during the first week of Spring Training, more specifically to the February 26th game versus the Tigers, and the February 27th game versus the Astros.
The first thing I noticed is that tickets are considerably more expensive than they have been in previous years. More specifically, the prices are more expensive than prices at regular season games. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, depending on your stance) MLB is trying to turn Spring Training into a “marquee” event, which entails special uniforms, commemorative baseballs, patches on the field and on caps, and a “Spring Training Collection” on the online shop. This, combined with the fact that the Mets are better these days, has led to a substantial increase in ticket prices, starting at $30 dollars for select games.
Looking back at these images of the last few years does make me want Spring Training more and more by the day. I do have my airfare booked, but I still have yet to settle on lodging, but I’m fairly certain I’m going to be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, or I might stay at a full-service hotel in Palm Beach.
What are your Spring Training Plans?