Toddler at a Baseball Game?
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Aug 9, 2012 4:28 AM Last Post By: Susanxoxo
Aug 8, 2012 6:22 AM
Toddler at a Baseball Game?Hi All,
Visiting Chicago for the first time from Australia and would like to go to my very first Baseball game.... however, I have a toddler, can I bring him along? Do people ever bring kids this small or is it not socially accepted?
Thanks for you help!
Aug 8, 2012 6:35 AM
Aug 8, 2012 6:38 AM
2Susan, compared to sporting events in a lot of countries, US stadiums are pretty sedate places. Baseball games are usually very family oriented outings where the emphasis is often as much on eating hot dogs and drinking beer as watching what's happening on the field. Your toddler would be very welcome. One caveat--depending on where you sit, the ball can sometimes be hit into the spectators so an adult needs to keep an eye on things.
Aug 8, 2012 9:45 AM
Aug 8, 2012 9:58 AM
4Baseball games are family events. Sometimes you can get stuck next to a loud mouth drunk, especially in the sheaper seats. You may want to look into family seating or alcohol free seating sections if that would bother you, as many stadiums offer something like that. But it's not necessary. You and your child should be fine.
Aug 8, 2012 9:59 AM
5As a Cubs fan and living in downtown Chicago, yes, its fine. Not sure the toddler will last the entire game, but Wrigley Field is called the Friendly Confines for a reason, lots of families there. You can easily buy tickets up there at the box office usually, or from ticket seller shops on Addison, or from scalpers.
Seats along the 3rd base line get the least amount of sun (face east)....as well most the area behind home plate. Bleachers are hot, and also pretty rowdy and a lot more party types so dont go there IMO, though I love a bleacher seat...
Aug 8, 2012 10:50 AM
Aug 8, 2012 3:02 PM
Aug 8, 2012 5:03 PM
8Also you might want to make sure not to get a seat directly behind the dugout because a lot of balls are hit hard into those areas, the chances of you getting hit are next to none but if one happens to come you way it will be hard to defend yourself when holding a baby. If you do have a problem with a drunk person yelling profanity then just talk to an usher and usually it gets fixed. Have a great time watching the best sport in America!
Aug 8, 2012 6:22 PM
Aug 8, 2012 7:03 PM
10If you are familiar with cricket, baseball will be as utterly incomprehensible to you as cricket is to Americans.
Not quite true ... baseball is played quite widely as a minority sport in Australia, and among women, softball is hugely popular too. And here is the Alice Springs Baseball Park in the centre of the country ... built by the many Americans who have lived and worked there, and it has the same dimensions as Yankee Stadium.
Aug 9, 2012 4:28 AM
11Thanks heaps guys!
Great to hear Baseball fans are so welcoming of families. I will definitely catch a baseball game while in Chicago - Go Cubs!
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