Ever go to a San Diego Padres game or a Chargers game and feel completely hosed by the amount you have to fork over for a beer?
Well guess what?
Some teams hose even more.
Team Marketing Report, a sports marketing publishing company, recently calculated the price per ounce for beer for all Major League Baseball and National Football League teams.
The Padres charge 36 cents per ounce, meaning, a 16-ounce beer costs $5.76. While it may sound costly compared to what you pay at your neighborhood dive bar, the price puts the Padres on the lower tier when it comes to major sports teams. Only five teams charge less, with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim charging the least, 28 cents per ounce.
The dreaded Los Angeles Dodgers? They charge 39 cents per ounce.
And the winner? (Or the loser, when it comes to fans.) That would be the Boston Red Sox, at 60 cents per ounce, which equates to $9.60 for a pint.
Whoa! Major hosing!
Beer pricing has been a sensitive issue when it comes to the Padres. In 2008, they got blasted when the price of a premium beer reached $9. And you still had to watch the Padres play.
New ownership lowered beer prices a couple years later. But, well, you still have to watch the Padres play.
Beer at football games is generally more expensive than beer at baseball games.
The average price for the NFL was 44 cents per ounce compared to baseball’s 42 cents per ounce. Then again, football has only eight home games in which to soak fans, compared to baseball, which has 81.
The Chargers charge 42 cents per ounce, which is $6.72 per pint. Again, that’s on the lower tier. Seven teams trail them. The Denver Broncos tie us in beer prices — also at 42 cents per ounce — but beat us on the field. Third and 17 anyone? Yes, ouch.
The dreaded Oakland Raiders? They are No. 3 on the list, charging 49 cents. And those weird guys who paint themselves in silver and black and adorn themselves with skulls and spikes? They don’t get discounts.
The Detroit Lions charge the most, at 67 cents per ounce. The city may be bankrupt, but not the team. The Lions, though, threw a flag at Team Marketing Report, saying it was out of bounds.
In a story by ESPN.com, the Lions said that Team Marketing Report used a beer sold only in suites — $8 for 12 ounces — to reach the figure. Team Marketing Report told ESPN it wouldn’t have used that particular beer had the team told it that. It bases the survey on the cheapest-priced beer sold at concession stands.
The Lions claim that is a 16-ounce bottle that goes for $8.50 — or 53 cents per ounce. So there. That’s not hosing fans at all.
The Carolina Panthers were the cheapest of all teams in both sports with beer at 27 cents per ounce. Go Panthers! (Hey, former Charger Mike Tolbert plays for them, and Tolbert’s a good guy.)
Beer pricing can fluctuate, though, as seen with Detroit, depending on what kind of beer you buy. Eno Sarris, writing on a website called BeerGraphs, noted how there’s a craft beer stand at Petco Park he enjoys.
Some of the beers, coming in at 22 ounces, can cost as much as $15.50, he noted. That’s 70.5 cents per ounce.
That $15.50 was the price he paid for an AleSmith X, he wrote. His reaction? “That’s a great beer and I willingly paid the price.”
But he still had to watch the Padres play.