The Pirates froze their ticket prices for the ninth straight year, IF you're buying them in advance. Game day tickets went up by $2-5. Still a pretty nice deal; the OF grandstand seats are $11 on game day, up to $57 for the club seating.
Enjoy it while you can; the product has to get better sooner or later, and the ticket prices will rise with the talent. And eventually, the FO will tap into the new rage of floating ticket prices, based on the opponent.
As usual, there are lots of promotional events:
The highlight should be the 40th Anniversary celebration of the 1971 World Series championship team when the Pirates host their 1971 World Series opponent, the Baltimore Orioles, from Monday, June 20 through Wednesday, June 22.
The three-game "Skyblast" series of fireworks and a band continues:
• Skyblast I on Saturday, June 11, will kick off the series with a TBA band when the Bucs meet the New York Mets;
• .38 Special will be the feature for Skyblast II on Saturday, July 9 after the Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs.
• Train will perform on Saturday, August 6 after the Pirates battle the San Diego Padres.
In addition to "Skyblast," on Saturday, September 24, the Pirates will host the new "Fan Jam" featuring the Steve Miller Band performing live following the Pirates game against the Cincinnati Reds.
The Pirates will give away an Andrew McCutchen action figurine on Saturday, April 23 when the Pirates battle the Washington Nationals, a Neil Walker bobblehead on Saturday, May 21, when the Pirates take on the Detroit Tigers, and a kids Pedro Alvarez replica batting practice jersey on Sunday, June 5, as part of the Philadelphia Phillies' lone visit to PNC Park in 2011.
They'll also begin "Free-Shirt Fridays," which will feature a different Pirates t-shirt giveaway at all 13 Pirates Friday home games this season (thirteen Friday games? How lucky can that be?). "Free Shirt Fridays" will also feature a tailgate with live music on Federal Street prior to the game.
Sundays will again be "Kids' Day," with give-aways for the young 'uns with the pre-game Federal Street festivities and post-game base run.