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Curve, Bucs tickets are hot

December 2, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

From Mirror reports

It didn't take long for the Altoona Curve to sell the vast majority of available tickets for the March 30 exhibition game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at People's Natural Gas Field.

The Curve began the sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, and by 1:30 p.m., including season-ticket, mini-plan holders and other pre-sale opportunities, more than 6,000 tickets had been purchased.

Curve General Manager Rob Egan said lines outside the ticket office began forming "around 5:30 a.m.," and stretched around the main gate and toward the parking garage until well after noon.

"We weren't exactly sure how it would play out so I would say it exceeded what we expected for today," Egan said. "We were glad it was nice, temperature-wise, and we were able to get everybody through. We just appreciate everybody's support, and we're thrilled to have the Pirates coming here."

Egan said the process "took a little longer" than anticipated because the team was taking contact information for fans who were given a voucher for the commemorative ticket. The actual tickets will be available starting March 1.

Egan said about 150 seats remain in the left-field bleachers, along with "a few scattered singles" in other sections. Those tickets, along with standing room, will go on sale Monday morning.

"We don't have a lot of seats left, but there is plenty of standing room with good viewpoints," he said.

Fans can buy them at the box office, online at (beginning at 9 a.m. Monday) or by calling the Curve at 877-99-CURVE.

Seating capacity at PNG Field is 7,200, but Egan can envision another 3,000-plus standing-room tickets being purchased.

"We're thinking we could get to 10,000," he said.

The Curve's all-time attendance record is 9,308, set when they hosted the Eastern League All-Star Game in 2006.

The Pirates' previous exhibition game here in 2000 drew 7,346.

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