Boys of Summer
One of the surest signs that Spring is here is when major league ballparks around the country open their doors for another season of balls, strikes, hot dogs, thrills and spills! For many fans, the excitement is not just about seeing their favorite teams, but it’s about getting to their favorite ballpark. Whether it’s a historic landmark like Wrigley Field in Chicago, Fenway in Boston, or a more recent jewel such as Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, or the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis, each ballpark has its own unique features, food and design.
How About Taking Your RV?
If you have a passion for baseball and ballparks, but find that flying around the country and staying in various hotels can get pretty expensive, how about touring in an RV? It’s much more cost-effective, plus it gives you a great opportunity to see other sites in your travels and spend quality time with friends and family!
Unless you have unlimited time and budget, planning is very important for having a fun and successful trip. First, decide where you’d like to go and then check each of the team’s schedules. From there, you can probably put together a tentative schedule and begin to check ticket availability for the dates and locations you’ve chosen. Keep in mind that ticket demand can vary wildly from place to place. And last, find yourself a place to park! Since most ballparks are in major cities, you’ll probably have to find a campground in the suburbs. If you’re planning on driving a motorhome to the ballpark, be sure to check each individual team for RV parking policies.
It’s very easy to over spend on a trip like this, so come up with a reasonable budget that includes food and souvenirs at each ballpark and stick to it! You should also consider ways to capture your trip by taking lots of pictures, saving ticket stubs, programs, and other tokens from each ballpark. If you like to write, this is a great opportunity to keep a journal, either online or the old fashion way! Buying some small storage containers or folders to keep reminders from each location separate is worth considering.
If you do decide to try a ballpark tour this Spring and/or Summer, please come back and let us know how you made out! And, if any of you have already done something like this and would like to add some advice, please do so in the comments area.
Here’s to a great baseball season, whoever your favorite team may be!
Until next time … Happy RVing!
- 10 Most Expensive Trips to the Ballgames in 2012 (thestreet.com)
- The Fangirl’s Guide to Baseball Bargains (bradsdeals.com)
- Blind fan visiting 30 parks in 30 days (mlb.mlb.com)