The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their 2014 Spring Training schedule and ticket pricing for games at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, the southern home of the Pirates since 1969. The 29-game Florida schedule consists of 15 home games in addition to an intrasquad "Black and Gold" game at McKechnie Field on Tuesday, February 25.
The Pirates are scheduled to open their 2014 Grapefruit League season at home against the New York Yankees Wednesday, February 26 at 1:05 p.m.
Before returning to Pittsburgh for the regular season, the Pirates will once again play two exhibition games against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Those two games are scheduled for Friday, March 28 at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 1:05 p.m.
With the additions of a new boardwalk in 2013, along with the Left Field Party Deck, the Boardwalk Barbeque Area for group picnics, the Kona Bar built by NDC Construction in center field and the Left Field Bleachers, the Pirates established a club record by drawing 93,433 fans and averaging 6,229 to their 15 games at McKechnie Field last spring. Even with the expanded capacity, the Pirates had three sellouts last spring and anticipate more sellouts in 2014.
A season ticket plan is the best way to secure seats to all of the most popular games. Pirates Spring Training Season Tickets, which go on sale Wednesday, December 11, remain one of the best values in the Grapefruit League. Season ticket pricing is as follows:
|Seat Type||Total Price|
|Infield Box (Box 1-14)||$338.00*|
|Baseline Box (Box 15-22)||$293.00*|
|Left Field Bleachers||$158.00*|
* Price includes tickets for every game played at McKechnie Field, including the "Black and Gold" game ticket. All proceeds from the "Black and Gold" intrasquad game will benefit the Manatee Education Foundation.
Current season ticket holders will be receiving their renewal forms beginning the second week of December, and will have until Friday, January 17 to renew their same seats for the 2014 season.
Group ticket reservations can be made starting Wednesday, December 11. Groups of 15 or more can place a deposit on reserve seating together in any section. Groups may also reserve one of the ballpark's hospitality areas - the Left Field Party Deck or the Boardwalk Barbeque Area - beginning December 11.
Pirates Spring Training season ticket holders will also have the opportunity to purchase season tickets for the 70-game home schedule of the Pirates Florida State League affiliate, the Bradenton Marauders, who are scheduled to begin their fifth season on Saturday, April 5, against the Charlotte Stone Crabs at McKechnie Field. Season tickets for the Marauders are priced at $310 for all seats to all 70 home dates. All Marauders season ticket packages will include a ticket to the 2014 Florida State League All-Star Game which is scheduled to be played at McKechnie Field on June 14.
4Topps Premium Seating
Located along the railing of the Boardwalk in center field, these mounted tables with four (4) comfortable, 360-degree swivel seats include concessions wait service and are available beginning Wednesday, December 11. For $3,200 per table, the package includes four (4) season tickets at a 4Topps Premium Seating table for all 16 Spring Training dates and all 70 Bradenton Marauders games at McKechnie Field.
"Early Bird" Pre-Sale Opportunity
Prior to the individual ticket on-sale, fans will have the opportunity to take part in an online-only "Early Bird" pre-sale from January 22-24. The "Early Bird" pre-sale will give fans the opportunity to purchase single game tickets before they go on sale to the general public. "Early Bird" pricing is different than regular single game pricing and is an alternative purchase opportunity for fans who want to be guaranteed seats to the many high-demand games. Prior to the "Early Bird" pre-sale, a separate pre-sale will take place for Pirates' season ticket holders from January 20-21 at regular individual game prices.
"Early bird" presale prices will be as follows:
|Seat Type||Total Price|
|Infield Box (Box 1-14)||$30.00|
|Baseline Box (Box 15-22)||$26.00|
|Left Field Bleachers||$19.00|
Individual Game Tickets
The individual Spring Training game tickets will go on sale on Saturday, January 25, at 10:00 a.m. at the McKechnie Field Box Office, online at Pirates.com, or by calling (877) 893-2827. Individual game tickets will have advanced sale pricing and day of game pricing.
Individual game ticket prices following the "Early Bird" pre-sale will be:
|Day of Game
For more information or to purchase season or group tickets, please call (941) 747-3031. Fans can also log on to pirates.com for the complete Spring Training schedule and to purchase individual tickets at "Early Bird" pricing January 22-24 or regular pricing beginning on Saturday, January 25.