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Bambi Roberts, left, Mary Gonzales, Adrianna Roberts, 9, Alyssah Roberts, 3, and John Gonzales enjoy a meal in the buffet area.

‘Dinner and show’ wins for TinCaps

A guest fills up a plate in the buffet line at the TinCaps game.
Laura J. Gardner | The Journal Gazette
Guests in the picnic area of the TinCaps game stand for the national anthem.

Michael Limmer calls the Fort Wayne TinCaps’ all-you-can-eat seats a “dinner and a show.”

After all, it is quite a bargain to watch the game while munching on hamburgers, barbecued ribs, brats, pasta salad and apple crisp, all for $25 or less.

The TinCaps have been offering the special seating since the ball club moved to its new digs at Parkview Field four years ago, says Limmer, the vice president of marketing. But don’t expect to walk up and buy an all-you-can-eat seat; they are reserved for groups.

The tickets have been so popular that the TinCaps recently expanded one of its concourse areas to offer more all-you-can-eat seating – serving up to 700 to 800 people, Limmer says.

There are several options for groups wanting the special seating, which includes an admission ticket, different menu items and unlimited soda. Prices range from $20 a person (for a group of 15 or more) with limited menu items, to $30 a person (for a group of 50 or more) with a menu change every inning, featuring such foods as chicken wings, pulled pork and ribs and fresh fruit.

Some of the seating offers food through the seventh inning, while others last about one hour into the game, Limmer says. The baseball organization did a lot of research on the amount of time food should be served during the game, Limmer says. He says people are usually stuffed by the first hour.

And while the TinCaps offers a lot of other food options throughout the ballpark, he says the all-you-can-eat seating is a good option for those looking to eat dinner and watch the game.

It would cost a lot more if you would get everything separate, including your ticket to the game.

“They load their plates up with food,” he says. “They get their money’s worth.”