I'm writing in response to Richard Ogden's letter that the Curve should not add a $2 charge to walk-up sales.
I feel compelled to comment.
First, while the taxpayers have funded construction of the stadium, I believe the tax revenue that is generated yearly, as well as the hundreds of jobs associated with the operation of the Curve, more than justify the investment.
The prestige that the franchise brings to the area is also well worth the investment in the facility.
However, more to the point is that the franchise does not operate in a vacuum. They also have to face the realities of today's economy.
The fact that they have not raised prices since regaining control speaks to the commitment the owners have to maintaining an affordable product. Any time you go to a Curve game, it is not unusual to see the chief operating officer working a 12- to 16-hour day.
When it rains, you can be assured that the whole front office staff will be pulling tarps. When the water pipes broke under the warning track the weekend before the Pirates came to town, it was Dave Lozinak and his staff that dug up the pipes and replaced them with no help from the taxpayer.
I am quite certain they do these things to keep costs down in order to keep the Curve experience affordable.
For anyone to call the owners of this franchise greedy fails to take into account the amount of philanthropic endeavors taken on by the franchise and the individual owners.
The Lozinak family should be justly recognized for these endeavors, but more often than not, they do these things with very little fanfare.
The Curve and the Lozinak family should be regarded as civic treasures.
While it is Ogden's right to say his piece, I believe he should try to understand the situation that the franchise operates in day to day.