PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After a weekend sweep of the Kansas City Royals, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now tied for first place in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds.

Fans are fired up and the results are showing at the box office.

On Monday, there was a steady stream of people buying tickets at the box office.

“We need a winner here in Pittsburgh. It’s been too long,” Brian Richards said.

“I’m a die-hard fan. I’ve been rooting for them since the 2nd grade, so about 50 years so. I’m always hopeful and it looks like they are getting some young talent and if their pitching holds, we could do it,” Richard Vance said.

As far as ticket sales total this season, the numbers are up and that trend will likely continue as long as the Bucs keep on winning.

“We are up 19 percent versus last year through our first 29 games, so it’s been a really great start and we are expecting a really big summer. Our ticket sales have really picked up the last few weeks,” Lou DePaoli from the Pirates said.

Most of those sales have been online and if you haven’t purchased your tickets, you don’t have to worry just yet. At this point, there are no sold out games.

“There’s not much available for Saturdays, but there is some. Jump into the Fridays, the Sundays, buy a season ticket package, you will be guaranteed to get to all of them,” DePaoli said.

Although fans are being more optimistic than they have been in quite a while, they are also being cautious.

There are still a lot of games to be played and fans said they are really anxious to see what happens after the All Star break, which begins on July 9.


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