Slate has a nifty gizmo that allows you to plan a visit to all 30 major-league stadiums in 30 days.
Pick your home stadium and a start date, and the algorithm will shoot back a custom-made road trip that will take you to every stadium in America, and back to the city where your trip began, in 30 days or fewer. The math allows four hours for every game, more than enough to stay in your seat from first pitch to last out for most contests (the league average last year was 2 hours and 58 minutes).
Los Angeles is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; New York gets god-awful cold in the winter but there’s a feeling of #Natitude somewhere in DC streets, so I started at Nationals Park. Plugging in an arbitrary date of May 19 made my dream trip cover 19,346 miles in 29 days and 12 hours.
According to the 2014 MLB Fan Cost Index, the tickets alone for one person to attend all 30 games would be $837.98 — and that’s just for an average, non-premium seat to each game. Add in a soft drink plus a hot dog and you can expect to spend another $249.50.
The most expensive game-day experience would be, not surprisingly, at Yankee Stadium ($92.55) with the cheapest at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., watching the Tampa Bay Rays ($31.01).
Because we are driving, we have to park, which would cost $452.74 for all 30 stadiums. And don’t forget: (most) cars need gas. Assuming we have a passenger car that gets average gas milage (22.4 miles to the gallon) and gas costs $3.684 per gallon our 19,346-mile trip would set us back another $3,181.73, not including tolls.
Long road trips also require finding a place to sleep, so we need somewhere to sleep for 27 nights during our 29-day trip. The average rate is $133 per room night, adding $3,591 to our trip.
In total, visiting all 30 major-league stadiums in 30 days can be yours for $8,312.95.
Who’s coming with me?