Only the Red Sox Charge More for Beer Than the Cardinals

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Cardinals fans (and really, all sports fans) know they're going to get overcharged for food and drinks at a game. We tend to complain about it a lot, but it's just one of those things -- if you want a beer at Busch Stadium (Broadway & Poplar Street; 314-345-9000), you're going to have to pay for it. Last year, our prices in general were still above the MLB average; this year, it seems only the Boston Red Sox have more expensive beer. Yikes!

See also: 5 Best Foods to Eat at Busch Stadium

Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index just released rankings for the price of beer per ounce at MLB games. The Cardinals come in at No. 2, with the average beer costing $0.56 an ounce. The most expensive beer on average can be found in Boston, with a beer to watch the Red Sox running you $0.60 per ounce.

NextSTL pointed out, rather optimistically, that perhaps it's because of all the specialty beer available at Busch. However, a regular draft beer (like Bud Light) is $9, and a regular Schlafly draft is only $7.50.

The Cubs charge $0.45 per ounce, and the Royals only $0.41. What do you think -- is it time they lower the prices at Busch Stadium? Or is that just wishful thinking? Check out the full list of MLB teams here:

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Dan Devereaux
Dan Devereaux

If they raised the price to 20$ Cardinal fans would be tripping over each other to get them....I stopped drinking at Blues games because the price is such a rip.

tmarkbiz
tmarkbiz

good time to be a pirates fan, i guess.


Michele Chapel
Michele Chapel

Busch is one of the few stadiums where you can bring in water and food which makes it family friendly .The fact you have to pay for alcohol is acceptable if you think about the fact you can still have a couple of beers but you can bring in your own food.

Chris McDaniel
Chris McDaniel

Maybe if they served 16 oz cans in cups like at Wrigley, rather than shipping plastic in all the way from Williamsburg VA...

James Schmidt
James Schmidt

Hey, they have to ship it all the way from...oh, never mind.

ohgodidontcare
ohgodidontcare

in a city where the king of beers is located, a city that has sold its old busch stadium to build another one with the tax payers dollar, a city that sold its most traditional and stable product to a european country, what do you expect? do you expect people to give you cheap beer when they have to pay our players 6 figures or even 7. Do you want a good team? gotta pay them. whats the best possible way to pay all these players at the expense of the fans? beer. beer. beer. sure merchandising is gonna bring in some money, and food will bring in some money. but beer? beer costs about 120 for a keg yielding near 300 cups, and at 9 dollars a cup, is 2700 dollars. thats a hell of a profit. do  you want a good baseball team? then buy the beer. I think its all a sham.



Eric Holley
Eric Holley

yeah its bullshit exp its a busch stadium! and honestly how far does it have to travel for expense wise a whole 10 city blocks ..its a crook of shit

JP Doyle
JP Doyle

Lower the prices? Yeah, that doesn't happen.

Jay Wisniewski
Jay Wisniewski

Oh but the red birds are worth the extra money they will say. They also upped the price to keep people from getting too drunk as if that stops anybody. Card's fans are definitely getting screwed.

Speaker222
Speaker222

The beer at the stadium doesn't necessarily come from down the street. I just bring in a pint and get shitty for free.

Larry Moses
Larry Moses

it costs a lot to transport it all the way from the brewery.

Jared Mudd
Jared Mudd

You used to get a 24oz draft for $8.50. Now you get those nasty tasting plastic bottles.

John Shadley
John Shadley

Ooops ! :D $72k error that they'll make up in sales once they get their first Ballpark Village Sports Bar Center Open !

Vicky Willhelm
Vicky Willhelm

No, I didn't know that. Can you bring in a small cooler?

Christopher James Dickmeyer
Christopher James Dickmeyer

FUCK THESE MILLIONAIRES... BASTARDS....you can't even go by yourself unless you open up a line of credit. GREEDY BASTARDS.

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

I drink draft. Is that still the same case?

Jay Lowther
Jay Lowther

Well at least your priorities are in order...

Robin Chamberland
Robin Chamberland

You do know that you can bring your own water, food, soft drinks, etc., right? Not being sarcastic. We didn't realize that on our first visit. Now we always do it.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

you would think a DUI lawyer would sponsor beer sales. they could tape their business card to the side of the cup.

Ron Clements
Ron Clements

Sizes are smaller compared to what? You get a 16-ounce bottle at the ballpark.

Ron Clements
Ron Clements

They definitely need to lower beer prices. Heck, just drop the odd $.25 and make them $8 even. That extra quarter is just so the vendor makes more money in tips. The whole "keep the change" off $9 or a $10 bill. They don't have Pujols' salary to pay and, yeah, with A-B right here, why charge even more than $6 for a beer? They're still gonna make money hand over fist.

Vince Walker
Vince Walker

I honestly think its good for the small businesses around Busch Stadium that the beer is for a premium price.

Cathy Sullins
Cathy Sullins

That's why when Dale & I go, we bring our own food & drink & he doesn't get a beer; (I don't drink beer, i'm a wine person).

Jake Woodworth
Jake Woodworth

The reason for the high prices originally was to offset the costs of the new stadium....I'm sure we've bought the stadium in beer now a few times over hahaha

Wayne Cardosi
Wayne Cardosi

Higher prices helps lower the number of drunks during and after the game.

Tracey Ufheil
Tracey Ufheil

we drink BEFORE we get there...then drink water

Beck Bacott-Gruen
Beck Bacott-Gruen

The high prices keep families away, last season, it cost $40 for my family of 5 to have a round of drinks-that was 4 soft drinks, 1 beer...has baseball become, only for the RICH???

Troy Duran
Troy Duran

Especially since you could run a straw to the brewery.

Linda Descher Schnepf
Linda Descher Schnepf

How many of those other stadiums let you bring in soft drinks, water and food with no trouble? The Cardinals let you bring in food and drinks for free.

Don Austin
Don Austin

Especially since most of it comes from RIGHT DOWN THE STREET!!

Charlie Cochran
Charlie Cochran

YES, please???? Maybe I could get one. But for now; stay thirsty

Vicky Willhelm
Vicky Willhelm

All of the prices are ridiculous $5 for a bottle of water!

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

The cost of attending any sporting or entertainment event is outrageous. Between the ticket price, the parking, and food you need a second mortgage on your house. But this is the choice you make if you want to attend. Don't like it, don't go and spend your money on something more productive.

Caitlin MDosz
Caitlin MDosz

No because you can literally bring in your own mixed drink/beer and they will not say a word if the cup has a cap

Ryan Richardson
Ryan Richardson

Seeing how I can literally run a keg from the brewery to the stadium on foot, it might be time to evaluate the prices.

Christian Knobloch
Christian Knobloch

Maybe we should call it Schlafly Park, and Tom could give us a better deal. #ABwoes

Marc Seleman
Marc Seleman

Do your math...it's $8K not $80K. And $20 isn't much more than the other surrounding parking. When you choose to go to a sporting event you have to be prepared to take it in the A$$.

Danton Troyer
Danton Troyer

I will take higher beer prices with a winning team over lower beer prices and a bad team every year.

Vance Townes
Vance Townes

I dont really mind the price of beer, it keeps people at a minimum. What I do think is bs and absolutely ridiculous is $5 for bottled water, soda a flipping hotdog. Hwy robery

John Shadley
John Shadley

You would think with the fan/customer base they could cut us some slack !?!?! Plus now they're making approx $80K per game on their Ballpark Village(?) 400 spot parking lot @ $20 per car ! Cardinal Nation is getting the bird :D

Brian Sax
Brian Sax

craft beer options are best value per ounce at busch. step your game up and save $

tmarkbiz
tmarkbiz

@ohgodidontcare no. some players actually make 8 , yes 8 digits..... look at holliday and molina... and you will only yield about 125 16oz servings from a keg if that... when you count spillage etc... PLUS a keg for u or I of bud light is about $105 right now..... but WHOLESALE im thinking thr likely get them at about $80 a pop.  they probably make about $900 a keg in true legitimacy , but even that is an incredible ROI. 


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