Working on the road at the ballpark
For the past 20 days (February 22nd through March 14th), I’ve been working at the Mariner/Padre spring training facility in Peoria, AZ. My job has been hawking beer, peanuts and water from the time the gates open (1.5 hours before each game) until the end of the 7th inning. I choose this job in lieu of working in a concession stand because I was able to see some of the game each day and also work fewer hours with a chance to make more money.
The downside of hawking is that I start out each day carrying in excess of 50 pounds of beer, water and ice for the initial sales. Another issue with this type of sales is that we are strictly on commission. Our take each game is based on the amount we sell at 12% of the gross less sales tax plus tips that we can keep. I’ve been averaging a little over $100 a game for the approximate 5 hours of “work”. I’ve enjoyed interacting with the fans and even the other vendors. Vendors are looked down upon by most of the employees working in the stands but we all make more money than we would being paid by the hour.
Unlike other work camping jobs, we have to find our own place to stay. I’ve split my time between the Desert Diamond casino where you are allowed to dry camp for 7 days at a time and BLM land where you can stay for 14 days. The BLM land where I stay is about 30 miles each way to the ballpark while the casino is only 7. There is a free place in Peoria (State Trailer RV and Supply) to dump and fill up with water. This is the largest RV supply store and repair facility in Arizona and is the place where you can also buy propane at a reasonable price.
All in all, I have enjoyed my time thus far working at the ballpark and dry camping out on the BLM land and even at the casino. For a short-term work opportunity, it’s been great!