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Beware of the Ballpark Beer Scam

Last Thursday, stadiums across the country opened their doors and baseball season started. With it comes the arrival of America's favorite pastime, game-day eats, and the ballpark beer scam.

What is the beer scam? It's the stadium's way to make a quick buck on beer-guzzling fans. Many places offer three sizes of draft beer: small ($6), regular ($8), and large ($10). However, the ounces are not listed, and the average concession stand worker doesn't know how much beer they hold.

After watching a video that clearly shows the small and regular sizes are almost identical — with the only difference being the shape of the glass — I decided to investigate and figure out what exactly is the distinction between these beer sizes. To find out, read more.

I purchased each of the beers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and sipped the regular, which comes in a tall glass, first. Then, I poured the small beer into the regular beer and discovered that it's almost the exact same size! Finally, I poured the large beer into the regular and found that it was bigger than the regular, but not by much. I took the glasses home and filled them with water to determine how much beer each holds.

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Ballpark Beer Chart
Size Price Volume in Cups Volume in Ounces
Small $6 2 1/4 cups 18 ounces
Regular $8 2 1/2 cups 20 ounces
Large $10 3 1/4 cups 26 ounces

Although there is an eight-ounce difference between the small and the large, the best bang for your buck is the small. It's 18 ounces for $6, which is three ounces per dollar. Following this rate, for $8, you should get six more ounces of beer (to be 24 ounces) and for $10, you should get 12 more ounces of beer (to be 30 ounces). But that's not the case! Moral of the story: if you don't mind waiting in line, buy small beers.

Have you heard of this scam? Will you pass on the message to your baseball-loving, beer-drinking friends?

Comments
bluesarahlou
bluesarahlou
Chief, I think the beating of Bryan Stow is an excellent example of why it's no longer safe to go to a Giants game at Dodger stadium. Glad you (a fellow Giants fan! ) got out safe. :)
xxstardust
xxstardust
See, my way around this is to utilize public transportation and drink on the train/subway over to the stadium (sneakily, of course!). Citifield actually has a pretty nice beer selection, and I'll usually get a beer while I'm there but at 5-6$ a pop, that's not enough alcohol to make the average Mets performance less painful. Of course, I am now a PROUD owner of the Wine Rack (please, google it and laugh hysterically) and I am *quite* excited to take it to baseball games this season. ;]
GummiBears
GummiBears
I think spending 6 bucks for one beer is a scam itself.
chiefdishwasher
chiefdishwasher
....not if you are a Giant fan at Dodger stadium....first time I had to leave a contest early because of the constant harassment by "Dodger fans"....will not be going to a game there again.....
nikks
nikks
i dont remember what i was reading, but they were saying to just buy dark beers and not buy any lights if you really wanna get your moneys worth aka a good buzz. LOL! and if youre going to any of the giants games over at ATT bring cash since their ATMs always breakdown.
bluesarahlou
bluesarahlou
i usually drink enough in the parking lot to tide me over til at least the 6th inning. That's the one thing I miss about Giants games, there isn't really a place to tailgate like there was at Candlestick. I guess you could pay whatever huge price it is for the parking lot (I never park there) and party, but I'd rather take Muni over and avoid the nightmare. :shrug: And Anon 9, I think they sell premium beers in smaller cups, but I don't know what the ounce difference is between them and the big cups. Course, premium beer typically=higher alcohol content, so the difference is really just water. And I'm not willing to get up and pee all the time at a game!
dreamalittledream
I usually order my beer from my seat @ Yankee Stadium, so it comes in a bottle, but this is good to know!!! When it comes to ordering drinks anywhere though, I usually opt for wine because I know they can't dilute it or put too much alcohol in the mix (like every rum/coke I order!!!) or give me a small beer like this article suggests!!!
snarkypants
snarkypants
interesting! i never knew this! luckily, i usually drink enough in the parking lot to tide me over til at least the 6th inning.
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