These 10 MLB stadiums cost families the most money per game

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These 10 MLB stadiums cost families the most money per game

Spring has sprung and with it, Major League Baseball has embarked on its 2018 season. For me, baseball is best enjoyed in person, with a hot dog and a beer. The thing is, all these ballpark traditions can get pretty expensive.

How expensive varies widely by team. Just like the on-field performance is totally different if you're watching the surging Mets or the floundering Marlins, some ballparks hit your wallet more than others. How much?

Team Marketing Report, a publisher of sports industry information, compiles MLB game prices to come up with its Fan Cost Index, a measure of the cost for a family of four to attend a game. The index incorporates the price of tickets, soda, hot dogs, beer, souvenir caps and parking. It allows fans to see that, even if the Orioles are trash this year, at least the hot dogs are cheap.

Here are the 10 most expensive MLB game-day experiences this year, according to the Fan Cost Index, followed by the 10 cheapest.

The 10 priciest MLB teams to watch

1. Chicago Cubs
Fan Cost Index: $368.28
Average Ticket Price: $58.57

2. Boston Red Sox
Fan Cost Index: $345.88
Average Ticket Price: $56.97

3. New York Yankees
Fan Cost Index: $301.46
Average Ticket Price: $47.62

4. San Francisco Giants
Fan Cost Index: $271.7
Average Ticket Price: $38.30

5. Los Angeles Dodgers
Fan Cost Index: $268.02
Average Ticket Price: $41.13

6. Washington Nationals
Fan Cost Index: $266.06
Average Ticket Price: $42.02

7. Houston Astros
Fan Cost Index: $262.98
Average Ticket Price: $40.25

8. St. Louis Cardinals
Fan Cost Index: $257.16
Average Ticket Price: $35.54

9. Seattle Mariners
Fan Cost Index: $251.32
Average Ticket Price: $37.33

10. Philadelphia Phillies
Fan Cost Index: $250.14
Average Ticket Price: $36.04

The 10 cheapest MLB teams to watch

1. Arizona Diamondbacks
Fan Cost Index: $145.58
Average Ticket Price: $19.65

2. Tampa Bay Rays
Fan Cost Index: $156.40
Average Ticket Price: $21.60

3. Pittsburgh Pirates
Fan Cost Index: $178.72
Average Ticket Price: $23.43

4. Baltimore Orioles
Fan Cost Index: $187.80
Average Ticket Price: $29.95

5. Cincinnati Reds
Fan Cost Index: $191.06
Average Ticket Price: $21.14

6. San Diego Padres
Fan Cost Index: $192.12
Average Ticket Price: $21.78

7. Los Angeles Angels
Fan Cost Index: $194.02
Average Ticket Price: $30.26

8. Colorado Rockies
Fan Cost Index: $198.06
Average Ticket Price: $26.02

9. Oakland Athletics
Fan Cost Index: $199.52
Average Ticket Price: $24.13

10. Detroit Tigers
Fan Cost Index: $201.60
Average Ticket Price: $28.15

Spring isn't just a good time to catch a baseball game. It's also a good time to clean up your finances. Here's a to-do list to get you started.

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