What a Deal! These 1976 New York Stadium Menu Items are So Cheap
1976 was a simpler time in our country. Or, at least, that's what people tell me.
No, I was not alive at the time, but I have relatives, co-workers and friends who were, and I love hearing stories from the past, and reading about the history of the United States and beyond. More than anything, however, I love reading about sports history, and comparing the wide world of sports we live in now, versus then.
So, when I happened upon a snippet from The New York Times' sports section from 1976, I was fascinated. The section in question broke down the food and beverage offerings at New York's baseball stadiums, and painted a vivid picture of simpler days spent at the ballyard.
How Much Was Food, Beer at Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium in 1976?
At the time, apparently, it was no bargain to go to a game at Yankee Stadium with the family!
This screenshot illustrates a much simpler time in the country, and a simpler time in the world of sports. Yankees' fans were paying a whopping $1.35 for a ham sandwich, and $0.40 for peanuts and potato chips. Mets' fans were paying $0.75, $0.35 and $0.25 for those same items, and generally, were paying less across the board.
Of course, these prices were average for the time period, but it's legitimately hard to imagine going to a game with these types of prices. It's nearly impossible to find an alcoholic beverage at a stadium for less than $10, and even a hot dog and/or sausage and peppers are $5 and up.
You want an ice cream sundae? It'll come in a souvenir cup, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg, so make sure you take your glove off.
Sadly, we're likely at a point where prices for tickets, and concession items, will continue to grow exponentially. So, when we have a moment, it's fun to reminisce about a world where you could go to a game, and buy the whole family a spread of food without taking out a second mortgage on your home.