By Jon Delano

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Anyone who’s bought tickets to a Pirates game online or over the phone knows you have to pay more than just the ticket price.

The team tacks on at least two different service fees.

But the Pirates will be waiving those fees for a few days as way to say “thanks” to the fans.

Four-month-old Easton Spence of Kittanning has already been to a Pirates game with parents, Ciar and Tyler.

His parents plan to take him to more games before this season ends, they told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Wednesday.

Delano: “How do you normally order your tickets?”

Ciar Spence: “Usually online.”

Delano: “And when you do that, you have to pay a service fee.”

Ciar Spence: “Yes, yes. I think it’s a couple of dollars even to do ‘will call.’”

That’s true, unless you buy at the Pirates ticket window.

For online or telephone orders, fans must pay a sliding service fee from $2.50 to $4 per ticket plus another $4 per order charge.

But for 72 hours, the Pirates are waiving all service fees.

Here’s the way it’s going to work.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week only, you can order your Pirates tickets online or by telephone and the Pirates organization will waive all the service fees. That will be a savings of about $15 an order.

That means if you buy tickets over those three days for any of the remaining 30 home games, there are no service fees.

“Sounds like a good deal to me. I wasn’t aware of that,” said Herb Soltman of Scott Township.

And it recognizes those who stuck with the Pirates during the bad years.

“I think it’s good to reward the fans,” added Robbie Zaremberg of Squirrel Hill.

“It’s a bummer that we already bought our tickets,” laughed Bill Caffall of Cranberry.

The Caffall family has already been to six games — and just bought tickets for more.

“We like coming to the ball park. It’s a nice place. It’s beautiful. Fun to bring the family,” said Caffall.

And with tickets still available for the series against St. Louis next week — and excitement growing that this Bucs team is unlike the others — 6-year-old Cole Caffall knows the Pirates will win the World Series.

Delano: “Why do you think the Pirates are going to win?”

Cole Caffall: “Because I’ll believe.”

Delano: “And if you’ll believe?”

Cole: “They’ll win.”

We sure hope so, Cole.

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