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StubHub has been the best part of the Giants’ season

Is this an ad? Oh, you betcha. But it’s also a true statement. Thanks to StubHub, you never have to pay full price to watch your favorite team play at half strength.

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If you’ve consumed our site content all season long, then you know that StubHub has been a long-term sponsor of ours, popping up here and there in the intros of some articles. This piece of content will be all about how StubHub has improved our lives — or, just made it easier to go watch a baseball game in person.

You already know the Giants are down to their final nine games of 2018. Starting Monday, it’ll be down to six and they’ll all be at AT&T Park: three against the Padres and then three against the Dodgers. Here’s the starting price point for every game of the remaining home stand/season:

Monday, September 24 @ 7:15pm — Starting at $6
Tuesday, September 25 @ 7:15pm — Starting at $6
Wednesday, September 26 @ 7:15pm — Starting at $6
Friday, September 28 @ 7:15pm — Starting at $16
Saturday, September 29 @ 1:05pm — Starting at $30
Sunday, September 30 @ 12:05pm — Starting at $20

That’s the per ticket price but it doesn’t include a pair of fees StubHub tricks you into paying for at the last minute. Let’s say you want to go to the final home game of the year on September 30th: there’s a $4.00 “service fee” and $2.50 “fulfillment fee”, so, to grab two tickets to the final home game isn’t $40 total it’s $53 for View Reserve Left Field 332 (that’s what was available at that price point as of the time of this writing).

Maybe you love the Padres and want to watch Franmil Reyes and Francisco Mejia, or maybe Wil Myers and Andy Green owe you money — there are lower box seats down the third and first base lines starting at $6 a seat. I did a mock checkout for Lower Box 105 and for a pair of seats down there, the $16 subtotal becomes with those two fees ($1.20 “service fee” and $2.00 “fulfillment fee”), which are clearly based on a percentage of the ticket value, $18.40.

When you’re dealing with StubHub, you’re dealing with a “2 for the price of 1” scenario for most seats. They also have more affordable parking passes if you aren’t taking public transit to the park, though those tend to fluctuate on a per game basis as well — you’re always better off taking public transit into San Francisco anyway.

San Francisco is also a very pricey city. The beer prices at AT&T Park made national news earlier this season. Our esteemed Carmen Kiew has done a behind the scenes food tour of the stadium to show you what you should really be saving your money for: the great eats.

It also gives you a little more financial flexibility to bolster your fandom with two t-shirts you can wear at these home games. From our friends at BreakingT, don’t forget about the new Dereck Rodriguez shirt...

... or the memorable Brandon Crawford t-shirt:

Sources tell me that there might be a new one involving our alien overlord coming very soon, too.

StubHub lowers the barrier for entry. You can get to the stadium and just take in the game if that’s what you want to do, but the stadium and surrounding area provides even more bang for the buck if you wanted to explore. And the San Diego Padres are the perfect low-risk, high-reward opponent offering: there’s a very good chance the Giants will win some of those games. But if you’re feeling daring, there’s a decent chance the Dodgers will need to beat the Giants in all or most of that three game series: you could be watching a revenge matchup that sees the Giants knock the Dodgers out of the playoffs.