Sports on the cheap: The 25 best summer sports bargains
Cycling's answer to speed skating can be found at this track in Chicago's suburbs. Rider development clinics cost $9 and watching the races is even cheaper: $2 for adults and free for children younger than 12.
Recognized as the best amateur summer league, the Cape Cod Baseball League offers a great setting to pack a picnic and rub shoulders with major-league scouts. The league features the top amateur players from around the country.
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Can't afford an NFL game? Fans can get their summer football fix with this semi-pro football league. Tickets are $10 or less for adults and children are usually free.
You'll need to take a loan out to attend a game at Yankee Stadium, but minor-league baseball offers the best summer bargains around. Our favorite: Kraft Singles is hosting a "buy one ticket, get one free" promotion when you bring a
Spend a day at the beach while watching the fittest lifeguards in the country compete against one another. Admission is free, but don't forget your sunscreen.
The Kenner League features some of the Big East's top stars, as well as ballers from the past (George Mason point guard
Would-be boaters can catch the country's top sailors tack and jibe their way to the prestigious Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Cup and Clifford D. Mallory Trophy.
It's just like the real thing, minus the bench-clearing brawls, ticket scalpers and steroids. The LLWS highlights the best 12 and 13-year-olds in the country, playing for the right to represent the U.S. in the world-championship game. Admission is free, and how's this for a deal: a hot dog, soda and Cracker Jacks will run you $3.
It's summer streetball on one of the most historic courts in the country. Although Rucker is no longer the automatic best streetball in the city, there's hardly a more storied location. Admission is free, but you better get there early to get a bleacher seat. The best men's games tip-off at 6:30 or 8 p.m.
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One benefit of the world's most-popular sport not catching fire in the U.S.? Cheap tickets. Check out stars like
For all of the team's Wednesday home games (July 22, August 5, Sept. 2), the A's are offering $2 tickets and $1 hot dogs.
Fast Plastic is a national whiffle ball league that runs in 18 locations over the course of the summer, culminating in a championship game played in Austin in October.
Here's your chance to see the country's top basketball talent before they become household names. It should be the best AAU tournament of the summer.
It's "Old School" against the "Young Guns" in what promises to be a high-scoring, frenetically-paced game (last year the two teams combined for 46 points). The game's halftime will feature the skills competition, including the entertaining freestyle event. Tickets start as low as $10.