The Padres’ much-maligned $9 beer vanished with an ear-ringing bang yesterday as the team cut, slashed and exploded prices on tickets, food and drink.
“There will be no price increase on any concession item in 2009,” proclaimed Mark Grant, one of the team’s broadcasters. “And beer prices will be dropped as part of the Padres’ stimulus package.”
Smoke and flames punctuated the message and perhaps obscured that the cost of that $9 beer is being lowered a scant 50 cents. In terms of bang for the buck, other new Petco Park food and ticket deals are flashier.
Only 50 cents? Looks like I won’t be retiring my hip flask just yet. This is much better:
The “5 for $5,” available at every home game, includes a regular-sized hot dog, peanuts, popcorn, cookie and soda for $5. For an additional $5, fans can swap the soda for a 16-ounce draft beer.
On weekends, fans can land an upper reserved ticket, a Coke and a hot dog for $12.
Still, my plan when I visit my brother in San Diego this year will remain the same as it is every time I go out there: fill up on fish tacos at Rubios, then head to the ballpark.