What the 1% Eats at the Ballpark Slideshow
April 13, 2012
Dodger Stadium — Los Angeles
The United Club Suite experience here is about as good as it gets, according to many guests. It's not only the excellent service that makes visitors feel like A-listers, but fans will be blown away with seats so close to the players that you can hear them talking to each other. The indoor all-you-can-eat buffet includes endless prime rib and grilled portabellos. If you haven't stuffed yourself enough, back in your seat you can load up on Dodger Dogs, peanuts, and popcorn from the waitstaff.
Top Tier Luxury Suite Price: Renting out a United Club Suite for a Premium game day will cost $5,000 for you and 18 guests, including an all-you-can-eat buffet.
The Staples Center — Los Angeles
While basketball lovers can’t eat Kobe beef while watching Kobe in the luxury suites at The Staples Center, they can find other delicacies on the 29-page catering menu devised by food partner Levy Restaurants. Menu packages include foodie-friendly themes like "Farm-to-Fork," which features a farmstead cheese tray; there's even a gluten-free snack basket. But what's really popular is the dessert cart that rolls suite to suite, loaded with giant taffy apples, pies, and treats like the Gimme S'More Cake. Now that's really suite!
Top Tier Luxury Suite Price: A Luxury Suite at the STAPLES Center costs $8,000 to accommodate 20 fans during a Premium game.
Safeco Field - Seattle
Watching the Seattle Mariners play baseball from a luxury suite feels even farther from the madding crowds when your meal package includes items like a portabello mushroom stack with Boursin cheese and red pepper coulis. Still, die-hard fans will tell you it's a must to get the park's classic Ivar Dog — fried cod layered with coleslaw and tartar sauce on a fresh roll.
Top Tier Luxury Suite Price: The Press Box Suite will run you $500 a head during a Premium game and can hold 18-25 people, plus it includes access to Wells Fargo Terrace Club Lounges.
Nationals Park — Washington, D.C.
This state-of-the art ballpark has varied menu selections available in their luxury suites, which are named after various presidents. Options include a Mediterranean menu, which features a basmati rice entrée sautéed with lentils and tomatoes, and angel hair pasta. The good food — along with extensive wine and beer list — make watching a lot easier if the team doesn't win.
Top Tier Luxury Suite Price: A seat inside the Lexus Presidents Club costs $400 during Marquee games and includes a chef’s table buffet, complimentary draft beer and house wine, and an autograph session.
Wrigley Field — Chicago
In a brilliant display of entrepreneurship, a Cubs-endorsed building developer decided to open luxury suites in the Rooftop Club, right outside of storied Wrigley Field in Chicago. Fans are treated to an unobstructed diamond view and ballpark classics with a twist: skirt steak sandwiches, Wisconsin-style brats, and Kobe beef burgers served on brioche buns. Fat Tire is on tap!
Top Tier Luxury Suite Price: Renting out The Grand Slam Suite for a Marquee game will run you and 55 of your closest friends $16,200 with the Premier catering package.
AT&T Park — San Francisco
A mini-museum of baseball memorabilia at the Club Level will get you in the proper mood to view the game, as will the food; the home of the San Francisco Giants takes it to a new level, utilizing local fare for gourmet creations. It’s been reported that a fan or two has snuck onto the Club Level just for the strawberry shortcake. But every fan has access to some park staples: the Dungeness crab sandwich atop garlic-buttered sourdough, and Gilroy Garlic Fries with fresh parsley and garlic. The stadium includes a variety of luxury suite packages, but all of them are catered by Bon Appétit Suites.
Top Tier Luxury Box Price: The Virgin America Loft at McCovey Cove will run you $17,500 per game during Dodgers Weekend, including 45 tickets, a patio, and a complimentary scoreboard message.
Yankees Stadium — New York City
The Yankees are known for representing wealth, fortune, and superiority in the world of Major League Baseball, which is why it comes as no surprise that their stadium would rank among the most expensive luxury boxes in professional sports. The food options include sushi, brick-oven pizza, and celebrity chefs such as Masaharu Morimoto and April Bloomfield have been known to be seen working the open cooking stations in the suites.
Top Tier Luxury Box Price: $23,000 for an Opening Day game including 22 tickets.