Tuesday, August 30, 2011

2012 Ticket Prices: Up & Down

If you like to be close to the action, you'll have to dig a little deeper next year to claim your seat. But if the upper deck suits you, you'll actually save a couple of Buc bucks.

The Pirates announced their 2012 ticket prices today, concurrent with sending out the season ticket renewals. The average price per ducat goes from $15.30 to $16.11, still way down there compared to the rest of the league.

It's the first increase since 2002, and it certainly wasn't unexpected. For that matter, it was virtually a necessity. The Pirates are 20th in attendance, but only 28th in revenue. It's tough to play catch-up that way.

The seats behind the dish took the biggest leap, jumping $30 per pop and topping out at $225. The rows behind the dugout will be $45, up a ten spot, and the lower level OF boxes took a modest jump of $4. But the outfield grand stands will drop to $10 from this season's $16. Season ticket plans are discounted from 14-50% off single game prices.

So not too bad a hit on the wallet, as some feared; the rich get poorer and the poor get richer. Can't ask for much more.

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