Last year right before Christmas, I was contacted by an agent from the Pirates asking if I would like to be a series ticket holder by purchasing tickets for the 2013 Pirates season. I thought this would make an excellent Christmas present for my husband from my children and me. So for the first time I purchased two tickets for the 10-game package in the medium price range. We have thoroughly enjoyed the games, even the one in April when it snowed.
So this week when I was contacted again by an agent to see if I was interested in buying a package for next year, I said, yes, I would like to buy two tickets for the 10-game package for 2014. He promptly told me that he was sorry but the Pirates were no longer selling a 10-game package because now that the Pirates were a winning team they wanted to sell more 20-game packages and didn't feel the 10-game packages were cost-effective. Since my husband and I are living on our limited retirements we consider attendance at these games a luxury and we cannot put more money into them.
My husband particularly loves the Pirates, but it looks like only the wealthy will be able to afford to go to the games on a regular basis. Very bad decision by the management of the Pirates. I guess now that the Pirates are winning, there is no place for us middle-class fans who have supported them when they were losers.
MARY KAY RUSSO