(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 9 October 2013.)
More and more working-class Pirates baseball fans are finding it cost too much damn money to attend a Pirates baseball game. Few working-class families can afford to drop between $200 to $300 just to go see a bunch of millionaires play a game.
The Old Soldier was recently talking to some baseball fans in Armand’s in Little Italy here in Pittsburgh about how much money it cost to go to a Pirates baseball game. If a working-class husband and wife take their two children to a Pirates baseball game, this is what they might spend money on.
- Four cups of beer
- Two large cups of Coca Cola
- Four hot dogs
An easy $200 to $300. Working-class people are being priced out of the market. This is the trend throughout high-profile professional sports. No wonder so many fans prefer to watch their favorite teams on television.
The only thing big-time sports has to say to fans is, “Show me the money!”
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PS The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they are going to raise ticket prices for next year. One winning season in 21 years and now the team is going to make fans pay more money for a ticket.
“Show me the money!”
- Pirates Baseball Fever (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)