Slowly but surely, fans are returning to PNC Park to watch the Pirates
It may not be “We Are Family”, but after years and years of being abysmal in the standings, the unfathomable has happened: the Pittsburgh Pirates sit alone at the top of the NL Central standings, a half-a- game up on the Brewers after winning 3 straight and winning 7 out of their last 10.
With the winning, the crowds have slowly started to return to PNC Park.
As of Tuesday, the Pirates were averaging 23,967 over 48 games, up 18 percent from last season on the same date on the calendar when the club pulled in an average of 20,367 over 43 games. Over the season, there have been 3 rainouts compared to just 1 last season at this point on the calendar.
And then there’s this: Last season, there was just one game that was a sellout at this point in the season (Opening Day, 39,024). This season, Opening Day drew 41,358 and there have been seven other games in which the Pirates have drawn over 39,000.
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