Whether you are a season ticket holder, attending dozens of games every year, or you’re taking the family out for a rare night out at the ballpark, stadium food options can be hazardous to your wallet as well as your diet. So what other options do you have? You may be surprised to find that you can actually bring your own food into the stadium, with some limitations.
As an Angels season ticket holder, I’ve got my routine down. First off, you need to know the rules. According to the Angels’ Food and Beverage Policy:
“Guests are prohibited from bringing the following into the ballpark: any alcoholic beverages; cans, bottles, thermoses, ice chests, glass containers, or any other container or object that is deemed by the Angels to be unsafe, hazardous, or posing a threat of injury to guests, participants, officials, or individuals employed at Angel Stadium, and bulk quantities of food, as determined by the Angels in its sole discretion. Original factory-sealed plastic water bottles are allowed, up to ONE (1) liter in size only.”
So now that you know what you can’t bring in, here’s my top three ideas for what food to bring with you to the ballpark:
1. Bottled Water
You can pick up a one liter bottle of cold water on the way to the game for under a buck. For a family of four, you can spend $20 at $5 per bottle inside the stadium, or $4 outside and bring it in with you. Think of all the better ways you can spend the $16 you just saved! Remember not to open the bottle before you enter the stadium, as it must be factory-sealed, and this rule is strictly enforced.
2. Large Bag of Peanuts
At some point during the three hours inside the stadium, you’re going to crave a salty snack. Conveniently, there’s a nice person walking down the aisles in a yellow shirt, yelling “peanuts,” who will toss you a bag if you raise your hand. Then you’ll pass a five dollar bill down the row, say “keep the change,” and enjoy your ballpark peanuts. For a few dollars less, you can pick up a bag containing four times the peanut quantity, at your local grocery store, and bring it into the game with you. These bags don’t need to be sealed, so if you go to games often, the same bag could last you several games.
Whether you make them yourself at home, or stop on your way to the game, the sandwich is a good meal option to bring in with you. I recommend cutting it in half, so you can save part of it for the later innings. If you don’t have the time or energy to do it yourself, my personal favorite is Subway. You can get a healthy foot long sandwich for just five dollars.
When it all adds up, you can save a lot of money, and eat healthier food by bringing it into the ballpark with you, especially if you attend a lot of games each season.
1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Season Seat Holder Terms and Conditions
2. Many years of experience bringing food and beverages into the stadium
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