Pittsburgh Pirates Season Ticket Design

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:

Neil Walker:

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.

Here’s a close up of one of McCutchen’s tickets:

The package also contained a letter from president Frank Coonelly.

The letter reads:

Dear Erik,
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.

Sincerely,
Frank Coonelly
President
Pittsburgh Pirates

What do you all think of the ticket designs?

Are your team’s better?

By the way, I also blogged about the season ticket design in 2011 and 2009.  You can check out those entries by click the links on the corresponding year.

If you’re looking for the shirt I’m giving away, I’ll try and post it soon.

I’m busy playing with my daughter and watching the Buccos on MLBtv – and Matt Hague just went deep for the Buccos.

Opening Day is a month away!

18 Comments

I know the feeling of getting tickets.
By the way… thank you again for the help last night!

That feeling of getting season tickets is awesome. Obviously being on the mend due to a potential internship hurt. My request like last year will go through the box office, which means I will get them a little later and almost certainly not get the design you do. I am still pumped though.

I don’t like it that much. I miss the design from 2008 (?) where they looked like baseball cards.

The A’s season tickets lasst year werre great! This year, I don’t knnow yet.

I can only imagine you running for that package!!!!!! you probably jumped over your daughter and like threw your self on amy to get that! haha wish i was there

I sort of like the ticket design.
-Quinn from nybisons
http://www.nybisons.mlblogs.com

I had the MLB APP on my phone playing the Pirate Game in my office tonight and I went crazy went Hague popped one. I like him.

I just want to see Pedro go off…… I can’t wait

It’s too bad the Pirates ship FedEx :(

I always like this post you do each year. As a non-season ticket holder, the tickets I buy are dull so it’s cool to see the designs on the season tix. I like how you run through the entire package you receive. Helps get me pumped up for the season even more!
– Malcolm

http://theballparkguide.mlblogs.com/

I am not sure if I like the 2012 design. For the past several years the STH tickets were vertical rather than horizontal. I do enjoy the photography that it used on these tickets. On another note–go Matt Hague! Hague will be out everyday first baseman by the All-Star break after Pedo slumps and it sent to the minors and McGahee moves to third.

I think those tickets look great, Erik!

I didn’t think those were too bad until I saw the baseball card tickets from a few years ago. I thought those were really cool and they should bring them back.

Those tickets designs look awesome

Nice package…First time I see one in so many details.

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Its kind of a cool design, i like how the players are in color and background is black and white.

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