Starting next year the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to do something they haven’t done in 10 years, raise their ticket prices. The average ticket price will be $16.11 up $0.81 from the $15.30 current average.
The Pirates who had the lowest ticket prices in Major League Baseball have plans to raise prices minimal amounts over the next few years in order to get their prices closer to the Major League average of $26.91. Since the last time the Pirates increased prices every single team has increased their prices at least once, some more than once.
This price increase will still keep the Pirates in the running for the lowest ticket prices with the possibility of only 2 other teams holding a lower average, and both of those teams may also increase their prices during the off season. The rest of the National League Central Division has an average of $20.50 per ticket, well above the projected $16.11 average the Pirates will hold.
The positive side to the pending ticket price adjustments is that not all tickets will be increasing, several will actually be dropping including some ticket packages.
Upper grandstand tickets for adults will be dropping from $16 to $10 while kids tickets in that same section will drop from $10 to only $6. Another bargain will be a new ticket plan the Pirates will be introducing next season for the lower-outfield box section of PNC Park. Those tickets will be sold in a plan for $16.04 per ticket whereas this season they are being offered for $21.00.
The Pirates organization is quick to state that the ticket increases are not due to their increased spending but more an attempt to raise to the league average. They plan to utilize their increased revenue to cover payroll and other day to day expenses.
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