The Pittsburgh Pirates haven't increased the price of tickets often at PNC Park since the stadium opened in 2001. It's not like they could exactly raise prices with the losing streak going on. So it's no surprise that the first winning season and playoff appearance gave them the opening to raise prices. In 2014, the average ticket price will go up from $17.21 to $18.32.
The $17.21 figure was the third lowest in Major League Baseball, and the new figure only moves them up to the fourth lowest. The average price across the league is $27.48.
In 2014, the Pirates will also adopt a tiered pricing plan, which has become more common among sports teams in recent years. The three tiers will be as follows:
Gold Games - Opening Day, all Saturday games beginning in May, and match-ups against the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies (17 games).
Black Games - Saturday games in April, and Friday games beginning in May-- excluding the Phillies game on July 4 (12)
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