A couple of months back, I wrote an article for the New York Times about the growing number of kids’ clothing brands that take an interest in motor sports. The reason behind this trend? Climate change. A lot of kids’ clothing brands see the automobile as a key part of their future, since it’s a vehicle that their children will grow up breathing and living in. This mindset is what inspired the article “Climate Change and the Future of Kids’ Fashion.”
Since the piece was published, I’ve been asked many times how much is two coke bottles at a U.S. racing venue. Turns out, it’s not quite as easy as you’d think. There are different rates for different racetracks, so before you throw away your free drink tickets, you’ll need to find out where you’re going. Here’s how much two coke bottles are worth at the following U.S. racetracks:
In New York, two coke bottles are worth about $2.65 each at the most popular tracks like Monticello and Watkins Glen. A bottle at Saratoga is just $2.25, and at other tracks, such as Delaware, they’re only worth a 50 cents. In total, that’s $7.15 per two-bottle dinner at the top New York state tracks. Not bad for a couple of drinks that you’re legally allowed to have while you’re there, right?
At Indy, a couple of coke bottles go for about $2.60 each and at one of the smaller tracks, such as Harding, they go for $2.30. At the bigger tracks, such as a couple of the others in Indiana, they go for $2.80. In total, that’s $7.00 per two-bottle dinner at the top Indiana racing venues. You can’t miss with this kind of investment. You’re sure to have fun, and your money is worth it.
In Los Angeles, you’re looking at about $2.45 per two-bottle dinner at the top tracks like Riverside and Long Beach. At other venues, such as Burbank and Inglewood, they go for about $2.60 and $2.65 respectively. If you’re looking for a cheap date night with your sweetheart, consider Los Angeles. You can’t find a more romantic place than California, where your dollar will go as far as it will at the movies. On that note, here’s a fun fact: In Los Angeles, one cup of coffee is equivalent to about $3.50. You might want to invest in a travel mug for the road, friends.
In San Francisco, a Coke is a little more expensive. At the top venues, you’re looking at about $2.75 per two-bottle dinner. At the smaller venues, such as Laguna and Foster, they go for $2.60 and $2.70 respectively. In the middle, you have places like Candlestick Park, which is pricey, or Kezar Stadium, which is pretty cheap, for SF Giants baseball games. In total, that’s $7.25 per two-bottle dinner at the top San Francisco venues. Again, you can’t miss here. Everything is expensive. A pizza pie will set you back about $5 at the least, and a ride on an elevator will cost you a dollar. It all adds up.
In Chicago, you’re looking at about $2.50 per two-bottle dinner at the top tracks, like U.S. Steel and Michigan International Speedway. At other venues, such as Navy Pier and Rosemont, they’re a little cheaper, going for about $2.35 and $2.45 respectively. If you want to grab a bite after the racing is done, the Windy City has a lot of great restaurants. You can’t beat the food and the views. If you’re looking for a quiet night out, consider anywhere else. This city loves to have fun, and the better the team, the better the party. In the Windy City, one cup of coffee is about $3.35. It’s a pretty expensive city when it comes to food and beverages, so be careful with your spending, especially if you want to grab a drink with your buddies after the racing is done.
In Phoenix, you’re looking at about $2.65 per two-bottle dinner at the top tracks. At the cheaper tracks, such as Mesa, they go for about $2.45. The most expensive place in Phoenix is Talking Stick Resort & Casino, where it’s worth about $3.00 per two-bottle dinner. It’s a popular spot for celebrities and world-class speakers, but also fun for families. There’s a lot to do here, and it’s not as expensive as you’d think. You can get a delicious lunch and a couple of drinks for about the same price as one bottle of wine at a five-star restaurant in Phoenix.
In Atlanta, two coke bottles are worth about $2.75 each at the top tracks, such as Interstates and Atlanta Speedway. At the other venues, such as State Fair and Atlanta Motor Speedway, they go for $2.60 and $2.70 respectively. In total, that’s $7.00 per two-bottle dinner at the top places to eat and drink in Georgia. You’ll easily find something to do for kids of all ages. From movie nights to playgrounds and museums, there’s a lot to see here. If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation, consider renting a vacation condo or mansion at one of the Atlanta-area golf courses. Bring your partner and your kids — they will have a good time, too.
In Houston, you’re looking at about $2.70 per two-bottle dinner at the top tracks, like Texas Motor Speedway, Reliant Stadium, and NRG Stadium. At other venues, such as George Bush Stadium and Minute Maid Park, they’re about $2.60 and $2.65 respectively. The most expensive place in Houston is the Houston Astros’ ballpark, Minute Maid Park, where a couple of Coors Lights are worth about $3.25 each. If you want to grab a bite to eat after the game, you can’t go wrong with any of the great barbecue joints in Houston. It doesn’t get any more American than that. On that note, here’s a fun fact: In Houston, one cup of coffee is about $3.50. You can’t beat Texas coffee, either. It’s supposed to be great. Unfortunately, Houston has the second-worst traffic in America. It’s hard to enjoy a coffee when you’re stuck in traffic. Consider arriving early, before the crowds come in, or leaving late, when the traffic dies down. You’ll have a better time, that’s for sure.
In Seattle, you’re looking at about $2.60 per two-bottle dinner at the top tracks, like Safeco Field and Qwest Field. At other venues, such as Memorial Stadium and King County Stadium, they go for about $2.45 and $2.55 respectively. If it’s a nice day out, the Seattle Mariners have a baseball game. You can get a ticket for about $6, or, if you want to sit down with a meal, you can get a ticket for about $8. In Seattle, one cup of coffee is about $3.20. If you want to grab a drink with your buddies after the game, you should head to the Seattle Center. There’s a lot going on there. Besides having a fantastic view of the Seattle Space Needle, there’s also a stage, where people often play music and there’s often singing and dancing. It’s a great place to socialize with your kids. Plus, there’s a playground and a fountain you can take your kids to. It doesn’t get any more American than that.