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Which Foods at Nationals Park Have the Biggest Mark-Up?

The reality of marked-up prices on food and beverage at the ballpark isn't exactly a secret—no one paying nine bucks for a can of Miller Lite believes it's a bargain. But with the arrival of so many stadium outposts from D.C. dining establishments, Nats fans can figure out exactly how much they're getting fleeced on food. We've done the heavy lifting—looking at the price of an item on the menu at, say, Ben's Chili Bowl and calculating the percentage difference in price at Nationals Park. (Bear in mind that portion sizes could differ, and ballpark prices include tax, for which we’ve accounted below.) A precious few stadium options will actually save you some pocket change over their outside-the-park counterparts, but for the most part, your financial batting average at the game might be even lower than you thought.


*All prices in the graph include tax

Graphic by Jandos Rothstein

  • JES

    Most of these places (outside the park, that is) are order-at-the-counter, but Hard Times is not; so Hard Times would look even better if you included a 15-20% tip in its' restaurant price calculation.

  • Jenny Rogers

    That is an excellent point, JES

  • Bob

    Chicken $ .75 - 1, breadding 10cents, roll 50 cents, cheese 30 cents + sauce misc toppings = bend over. Lets not start on $10 canned beer. Wish pro sports would down hard as its seat prices, food/beer gouging and outrageous salaries demand - so we can connect better with our fellow man and not have pretend conversations about meaningless fodder about men playing children's games.

  • What a load of crap

    What price bread and circuses, methinks?

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