Welcome to the Bay Area. On your left, you’ll see the sparkling new Chase Center, future home of the Golden State Warriors and unbelievable traffic jams considering the fact that it’s literally across the street from a hospital. On your right is AT&T — sorry, “Oracle” Park (because the tech-bros just cannot stand to see a city without their name plastered on some arena). By the way, good luck trying to find tickets — all the seats were bought by those Salesforce employees for some team-building.
San Francisco is expensive (duh), but what most people, especially my Los Angeles transplant self, don’t understand, is that even the tickets for the beloved sports teams are starting to catch top dollar. Nosebleeds included. It was just three years ago that I got to see the Oakland Athletics from the third row for $20. Now, those same seats never go below $40. I also had the privilege of attending my one and only Warriors game in 2016, and even seats up against the 300-level wall were $50-plus. San Francisco Giants tickets have always been quite ridiculous, especially when the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town.
So, how do we as students justify shelling out this kind of money?
The short answer is that we can’t.
Of course, as a sports fan, I wanted to see the marquee matchups, and of course, my wallet was not about to tolerate $100 to see the Dodgers or the Houston Astros. In my pursuit to justify the cost, I was determined to see the games I wanted to see without having to take out another student loan. This involved a bit of research, from looking up which days are cheaper (Sundays and weekday or weeknight games), to which seats in the park are cheaper without sacrificing views (Oracle Park’s arcade section above right field provides great views for a reasonably cheaper price).
But, two seasons ago, I found my secret weapon — I got my tickets right before first pitch. Like, literally buying my tickets while in line to scan them. This trick has gotten me in to see two, yes, two Dodgers-Giants games in one season from primo first-base line seats for $40-ish a pop.
As a budget-conscious student, I did my research and noticed that ticket prices plummeted within an hour of first pitch. I had an idea of where I wanted to sit, and while waiting for the gates to open, I opened up my ticket app, picked my seats, kissed $40 goodbye, and enjoyed a Giants win knowing I made the right call for my wallet.