I got my Pirates season tickets in the mail today.
I love how every spring I get so pumped when I see this package.
When I got home Amy said that a package was waiting for me at the door. She said she thought it was my season tickets. She proceeded to say that she’s never seen me run so fast in her life.
I opened it up and laid out the contents. Three season ticket books, with 81 tickets each, for a grand total of 243 tickets, as well as a few inserts:
The inserts I just discarded, as I was most interested as to what was inside the season ticket books.
There was the all important season ticket holders card, that allows me into batting practice before the general public:
Then I started leafing through the book. The first page has season ticket holder and individual game pricing. Most frustrating – additional tickets cost $9 each, rather than $5 like it has always been in the past. (My season tickets cost $4.93 a ticket, I don’t see why extras shouldn’t cost the same amount.)
The next page features the Pirates schedule along with the Promotional Schedule.
The next pages outline the season ticket benefits along with the ticket exchange program. The Pirates have one of the best ticket exchange program, allowing fans to exchange tickets to 71 of the 81 home games.
But anyhow, the most important part is the tickets themselves and the ticket design. This year’s design features four Pirates players in color, while the background is in gray.
Andrew McCutchen was first:
Then Joel Hanrahan:
and Jose Tabata:
I’m still not sure if I like the tickets or not. They seem rather dull. I don’t know, I’d rate them as mediocre. Maybe they’ll grow on me.
The letter reads:
While it has been a relatively mild winter here in Pittsburgh, even warmer weather and the 126th season of Pittsburgh Pirates baseball are both right around the corner. The beginning of Spring Training games in sunny Bradenton Florida means that Opening Day at PNC Park is less than one month away.
We are extremely excited to begin the 2012 season. Last season gave us all a taste of how electric PNC Park can be as we battled for the division lead through the end of July. Our team learned valuable lessons last season and is determined to execute at a championship level for 162 games in 2012. We are extremely happy that you will be part of the excitement and fun that together we will create at PNC Park in 2012.
Enclosed you will find your season tickets for the 2012 season, which is packed with great games and promotions. The season starts off with a bang as we host our in state rivals and Eastern Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies for a three game set beginning on Opening Day, Thursday April 5. The rest of the season features exciting matchups against our NL Central foes, including the defending World Series Champion St Louis Cardinlas and the Central Division Champion Milwaukee Brewers, and exciting interleague visits from the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, and Minnesota Twins. Plus, we also have some great promotions lined up, including an exciting Summer Concert Series featuring Boyz II Men, Daughtry, Styx, and Lifehouse.
On behalf of the entire Pirates organization, thank you for your dedication and support of Pirates baseball. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday April 5 at 1:35 PM as we officially get the 2012 season started.
What do you all think of the ticket designs?
Are your team’s better?
If you’re looking for the shirt I’m giving away, I’ll try and post it soon.