“Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd.” Those are some of the most famous song lyrics in sports, written by two men who had never even been to a baseball game when they crafted the tune. If they had, maybe they would have included a line or two about how to get to the old ball game. The song was written in 1908, when transportation options in America looked way different than they do now. Most people aren’t going to walk to a stadium in the year 2018, and they definitely aren’t going to get there in a horse-drawn carriage.
Make a plan
It’s easier than ever to buy tickets to a Major League Baseball game. You no longer have to get yourself to a stadium box office. You don’t even to make a phone call, unless you really want to. Living in the Internet age means that we can just log on to our favorite ticket site and instantly purchase Cleveland Indians tickets or New York Yankees tickets. All we need is a credit or debit card and, of course, enough money.
When you buy tickets, pay attention to where the seats are located, since that determines which stadium entrance you’ll need to use. That’s vital if you’re taking public transit or calling a cab, and it’s helpful to know even if you’re bringing your own vehicle and parking it near the stadium. Heading to the wrong entrance could mean a long walk around the building to get to the right entrance. It’s a good idea to look at a map of the stadium grounds carefully before you depart. If possible, print it out and bring it with you. Remember that not all parking lots will take credit cards, too. Many will, but there will be some off-site ones that don’t. Researching options ahead of time makes it less likely you’ll end up at the front of a long line for parking without any acceptable method of payment.
Other sports sites
Die-hard baseball fans will want to do more than just attend a few baseball games, no matter how good their team is that year. They’ll want to visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. A ton of baseball tourists show up in late July for Hall of Fame Weekend, which is when the hall inducts its newest class of members. Visiting that weekend will require more planning than visiting during other times of year, but it’s going to take a bit of extra legwork regardless. That’s largely because Cooperstown is a small town that’s not close to any major airports. In fact, Albany International Airport is approximately 72 miles away, meaning you’ll need to contact a company like Absolute Taxi in Cooperstown to shuttle you to the airport for your return flight. Don’t let the distance stop you from making a visit; it’s absolutely a worthwhile trip that every serious baseball fan should make at least once in life.