Pro Sports for Less
Golden State Warriors – The Warriors offer a Family and Friends deal that includes four tickets, hot dogs, bags of chips and soft drinks, starting at $99. Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. nba.com/warriors.
Oakland A’s – Last season, the A’s offered Friday night family packs of four tickets and four meals (hot dog, medium drink and a bag of peanuts) for $50. Also, look for BART Double Play Wednesdays, in which certain seats are $2 and hot dogs only $1. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. oaklandathletics.com.
Oakland Raiders – This season, the Raiders offered a family pack with two tickets and two complimentary meal vouchers valued at $10 each. The team also offered a BART travel pack, including $10 off on two tickets and $20 in BART promotional cards. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland. raiders.com.
San Francisco Giants – The champs haven’t released ticket deals for 2011 season yet, but the team typically has a Kids Club membership, which includes ticket vouchers for select games, discounts, prizes and more. Also, for discounts on individual games, try stubhub.com. In 2010, it sold Tuesday night tickets for as little as $7, plus a service fee. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. 415-972-2298. sfgiants.com.
San Jose Giants – Check out the Giants in the minor leagues for an affordable and fun family night. Ten-game mini-plan season tickets for 2011 are available for as little as $13 a game. General admission tickets run as low as $10. Check the website for promotions, such as the buy-one-get-one-free ticket deal offered to fans who brought in a Kraft Singles wrapper last year. You can also check the checkout stand at Target and other retailers; general admission tickets are often available for free. San Jose Municipal Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave., San Jose. 408-297-1435. sjgiants.com.
San Jose Sharks – The Bay Area’s only pro hockey team offers discounted seats a few times per season for certain groups, including scouts, military, police and firefighters. Tickets are from $5-$21 off the regular price, and members of these groups can invite anyone at the low rate. If you have a family member who’s a scout, consider a family gathering at the Sharks’ Scout Night. HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose. 408-287-7070. sjsharks.com.
To see the Sharks totally free, watch them practice at Sharks Ice San Jose. The team practices at 11am Monday through Friday, September through April, when they’re in town on non-game days. Fans must stay in the bleachers. Call to confirm. 1500 S. 10th St., San Jose. 408-279-6000. sharksiceatsanjose.com.
San Jose Earthquakes – To see this pro soccer team, try their discount programs for police, fire, youth soccer clubs and schools. Police and firefighters and their friends get tickets from two to five dollars off on certain nights. Youth organizations buy tickets for $12 each, rather than the usual $20. They then resell them for approximately $15, though the final price is up to them.
Fans are also welcome to the Earthquakes’ practices at 1125 Coleman Ave., San Jose. The team is on the field from 10am to noon Monday through Wednesday (and some Thursdays and Fridays) during the season if they play at home the following weekend. Games are at Buck Shaw Stadium, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. 408-556-7700. sjearthquakes.com.