2015 Pirates Opening Day Tickets Are 50% More Expensive Than 2014 Prices

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are seeking their third straight playoff appearance. In order to make the playoffs, Pittsburgh will need to navigate a competitive National League Central division. Pittsburgh has not made any significant additions during the offseason, while its main competitors will be more improved by Opening Day. St. Louis acquired outfielder Jason Heyward, while star players on Cincinnati and Milwaukee are expected to be healthy. Pittsburgh will need several players to step up in order to fill the leadership void left by catcher Russell Martin, who left via free agency. Expect leadership to come from outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who has three straight finishes within the Top-3 in National League MVP voting. Outfielder Starling Marte can do a lot of talking with his bat. Marte has hit at least 12 home runs and stolen at least 30 bases over his first two seasons. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole will be asked to take another step forward in 2015. Last season, Cole started 22 games and posted 138 strikeouts over 138 innings. Cole is Pittsburgh’s ace of the future and will be asked to pitch a full season in 2015.

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On TicketIQ, the average price on the secondary market for Pirates Opening Day tickets is $165.89 while the get-in price is $53. Ticket prices for Opening Day 2015 are the highest over the last five Opening Days at PNC Park.

 

Year

Opponent

Avg Price

Get-in Price

2015

DET

$165.89

$53.00

2014

CHC

$110.74

$29.00

2013

CHC

$73.88

$20.00

2012

PHI

$97.68

$31.00

2011

COL

$53.04

$15.00

2010

LAD

$48.00

$16.00

Expectations are high and Opening Day will definitely have a playoff vibe. Detroit will send its ace, Justin Verlander, and the Pittsburgh offense will need to score runs at a high clip to keep pace with Detroit’s potent offense. Pittsburgh will need another big season from McCutchen in order to make the playoffs. Marte and Cole will serve as complementary pieces. Fans are anxious to make it past the Wild Card round of the playoffs, so expectations are high for the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates.

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