The average cost for a family of four to attend an Indians game, buy food and drinks and park is $157 this year, nearly 10 percent down from last year. That's according to the sports marketing and publishing company, Team Marketing Report.
"But there are values out there," said Curtis Danburg, senior director of communications for the Cleveland Indians.
Danburg said the earlier fans plan their trip to Progressive Field, the more money they'll save. He recommended buying tickets online at least seven days in advance for better availability of the cheapest seats. A bleacher seat goes for as little as $10. A mezzanine level seat goes for under $20.
"You're allowed to bring in food," Danburg added.
Food that's packed into a soft-sided cooler, which can fit under a seat, is fair game. Water bottles and juice boxes are also permissible, but alcoholic drinks are prohibited.
"We'd probably eat before we came," said Brian Rood of Akron. Rood, his wife and two kids visited the stadium Monday to get some Tribe gear for their three-year-old son Zack. They plan to go to a game this week but are conscious about the amount of money they spend at Progressive Field.
"It's a fun experience just so they [the kids] get a chance to see the stadium and the players," said Rood.
To make the experience even more affordable, Jenny Steadman of MacaroniKid.com, a website for families to find local events, says consider where you park.
"The farther away you park, the cheaper it's going to be," said Steadman. She also recommended ditching the car keys entirely.
"The RTA is a fun way to get down here," she added. "It's $2.25 for an adult one way [train ride], but [kids] 5 and under are free."
Attendees who have tickets for a Thursday night, Friday or Saturday home game can also take advantage of a free shuttle that runs between Ohio City and Progressive Field. For more information, go here: http://on.wews.com/13Iwluu
"We're very excited, and we're hoping Indians fans come over here and show Detroit this is a Tribe town," said Danburg.