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Posted by John Swansburg  February 12, 2007 03:46 PM

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The Sports Economist points to a story in the L.A. Times announcing that the Dodgers are trying out an ingenious ticket pricing scheme this year. The right field pavilion in Dodger Stadium will henceforth be the "all you can eat" section: For $35, you get a seat and unlimited concessions.

Given the outlandish cost of ballpark fare, this may sound like a pretty good deal. The LAT notes that the average fan spends $12.30 on food and drink per game, which actually sounds low to me, but then again I have an unfortunate soft spot for peanuts and Cracker Jack.

There are a couple catches, however. The obvious one is that your all-you-can-eat ticket does not include beer, which hasn't been sold in the pavilion for quite some time (a piece of Chavez Ravine trivia I learned the hard way during a Dodgers-Orioles interleague snoozer a few years ago).

The less obvious drawback to the all-you-can-eat plan is that the Dodger Dog is, in my opinion, the worst hot dog in baseball, and I say that having had dogs in more than 20 MLB parks (including all four of Milwaukee's Racing Sausages). So unless you really like cotton candy, I'd get some $10 upper deck seats (up this year from $6, alas) and spend the difference on food, drink, and a foam finger.

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