Pirates quest for three straight playoff seasons starts in two months

The Pittsburgh Pirates continue to be on the rise after back-to-back playoff appearances in 2013 and 2014. The Pirates finished second in the National League Central Division and claimed a Wild Card spot, before losing to the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants, ending their postseason.

But positivity is in the air, as the Pirates set their franchise season attendance record and have created one of the more raucous crowds in baseball. Franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen continued his MVP level play, while Josh Harrison had a breakout second half to surge the Pirates into the playoffs.

Young budding star Gerrit Cole (11-5 in 2014) leads a rotation that has significant veteran support, including AJ Burnett, who pitched for the Pirates in 2012-13, and Francisco Liriano (23-18 over past two seasons for Pittsburgh).

Opening Day is fast approaching, and there are tickets available to join one of the most energetic crowds in baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates home opener is on April 13th at PNC Park in Pittsburgh for an interleague clash with the Detroit Tigers, last year’s AL Central champions. According to TiqIQ.com, the lowest average ticket price is $168.44 with a walk-in price of $53. There are over 2500 tickets left for those rabid Pirates fans to get their hands on.

Hipmunk.com will help you join the festivities at PNC Park. Hipmunk has many travel and lodging options so you don’t miss your favorite team’s first home game. They offer a wide array of flights to Pittsburgh and if you are looking to enjoy the experience overnight, hotels in Pittsburgh are listed from $99.

The Pirates are looking to reach the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but the one thing they know for sure is that they’ll have support at PNC Park. Maybe you’ll be a part of the new home attendance record set in 2015!