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NBA beer costs: Suns, Knicks most expensive; Thunder, Spurs the cheapest.

Feb 28, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

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If you are suffering through Suns games this season, you could use a beer or two.

But it’s going to cost you.

Cork Gaines Business Insider put together a list of the beer prices at stadiums around the NBA and found that the Knicks and Suns were at the top of the list charging $9 a beer (thanks to KD at Ball Don’t Lie for finding it). By the way, you know those prices are for the domestic stuff, you want a craft brew or an import it goes up from there.

I get the Knicks — it’s New York, you expect to pay more for everything. But Phoenix? Well done Robert Sarver.

The least expensive? The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder at $5 a piece. Go over to the Business Insider piece and see a chart of all the teams.

The average cost of a small draft beer at NBA games this season is $7.08. That is up 1.7% from last season ($6.96). For comparison, the average beer in the NFL is $7.28, in Major League Baseball it is $6.10, and in the NHL the average beer is $7.07.

That hockey and the NBA are similar is not a surprise, they share a lot of the same arenas. The NFL charges more because it can. Such is the way of the NFL.

  1. zerole00 - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    To be fair, those prices take into account the overhead costs necessary for an employee to take it from a case (that costs almost as much as the beer by itself) and give it to the customer.

    …Yeah, right.

    • broncobeta - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Time for a beer robot.

  2. fanofevilempire - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Budweiser says time to grab some beer

  3. cosanostra71 - Feb 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Geez, $5 is still so expensive. I believe domestics are $8 at Lakers games. Too expensive.

  4. phaden27 - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    I’m not really surprised but for ten bucks in the North Bay you can get a sixer of Racer Five and pre game in the lot.
    Ahhhh booze.

  5. grizzlystrike - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Ill attest to this. I paid 10 bones for a small blue moon at the suns game

    • imthewiz77 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      They should have charged you $20 for drinking blue moon

      • dko83 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        Ugh, beer snobs, the worst.

  6. allfour851 - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    I was at the Timberwolves/Suns game on Tuesday night and draft beer was $9.50 and a can of Coors (Team sponsor) was $10.50. Must have had to raise prices since no one is going to the games. You have to make money somewhere I guess, why not on the backs of your few loyal fans.

  7. sportsnut101 - Feb 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    i paid 9.50 for a beer at metlife stadium
    paid 8 for a beer at prudential in newark n that was for circus event
    it was 13 for a 24 oz at usher concert

    i understand they have workers to pay n costs but seriously they buy it by the truckload in highbulk more then anyone else what do they 5.00 a case of 24 at most
    i know they get water for 35 cent a case n then charge 4 bucks a bottle

    i understand the suns being so high they suck n the fans need sumthing to get through the game

  8. ckbuchanan - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Either I am reading this chart wrong or this data is from years ago. Indiana Pacers shows $6 for a beer. It is $7+ at every game I have been to this year. Not sure who is being relied on for this data.

    At least Pacer tickets are very cheap. I can get a ticket/beer for $10. It’s just sad the beer is 70% of that price!

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      It lists Denver prices at $6.25. It’s $6.50 for domestics. Everything else is $8.00. All mixed drinks are $8.00, with a double shot $14.00 (I think).

      So it probably is a bit outdated.

  9. money2long - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    cute snow bunnies

    • loungefly74 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      money2long is money all day with that comment! agree. i was wondering when someone was going to comment on that!

      Game plan has always been to drink a few before going in…and having 1 or 2 in the arena/park/stadium. of course, it always depends who i am attending the show/game/etc… with that dictates consumption…

      heck…just paid $8.50 last night for a vodka mixed drink at a concert. throw in that i bought my “better half” the same drink…also stopping by the bar before hand for a couple of micro-brew at $6 each…her long island was $6…dang…$35 in booze last night.

  10. psubeerman21 - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Between beer and parking, its way more economical to take the train to the stadium and sit outside with a 6 pack and get loaded. Shame “economical” and “homeless” have never been so similar

  11. hojo20 - Feb 28, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Mmmmm, i like the brunette.

  12. BigBeachBall - Feb 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    imagine if beer was $2 at games….

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      imagine if they had a Ten Cent Beer Night…

      • loungefly74 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        great post! seen this before but always interesting. thanks, man.

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