Pittsburgh Pirates - Bradenton
Bradenton's LECOM Park, built in 1922, is one of the oldest spring training stadiums in Florida's Grapefruit League and has been home to spring training baseball since 1923.
The ballpark's current tenant, the Pittsburgh Pirates, have called LECOM Park home since 1969. The Pirates and Bradenton celebrated their 40th anniversary together during the 2008 spring training season, which included an agreement between the City of Bradenton and the Pirates to continue this partnership for another 30 years.
LECOM Park is located at 1611 Ninth Street West near bustling downtown Bradenton, home to the South Florida Museum, Manatee Players Theatre, ArtCenter Manatee and more. The ballpark sits directly east of the nationally-acclaimed Village of the Arts, a growing neighborhood of galleries and studios where artists and artisans of various types create and sell their wares.
The Pirates have experienced escalating attendance each year since 2003 thanks to the cozy, close-to-the-action atmosphere LECOM Park offers. Renovations prior to the 2013 season have continued this trend to provide fan-friendly amenities and enhance the facility’s appeal as a sports tourism destination. See Video of the LECOM Park Grand Reopening.
A $10 million upgrade at LECOM Park includes:
• LECOM Park will become a 360-degree ballpark with the addition of a boardwalk traversing the outfield.
• Concessions, restrooms and a specialty bar will be added on the boardwalk at centerfield.
• New, more comfortable seats will replace the existing infield seats.
• Additional seating, in the form covered outfield bleachers, will bring the ballpark’s capacity to approximately 8,500 from the current 6,500.
• Permanent roofs will replace the existing, temporary shade coverings above infield seating along the first- and third-base lines.
• Bullpens will be moved to the outfield where fans will be able to observe pitchers and catchers from the boardwalk.
• Concession stands and restrooms in the concourse will be replaced and updated.
• Additional areas will be available in the Fan Plaza for activities behind the stands.
Ticket prices at LECOM Park have perennially been one of the lowest in the Grapefruit League. For regularly priced games, grandstand tickets can be had for $12 while "premium" box seats cost $22.
2017 Ticket prices and information
Infield Box (Box 1-14) and Infield Reserve - $28; Baseline Box (Box 15-22) - $24; Grandstand & Left Field Bleachers - $17; Standing Room - $15 (available for sold out games only) Day of Game Pricing increases by $3
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LECOM Park was built in 1923 and renovated in 1992, 2008 and 2013. The 2017 season is the Pirates 49th Spring Training at this location.
Parking: Neighborhood parking, prices vary
Dimensions: 335 feet right and left field lines and 400 feet to center
Seating Capacity: 8,500
Click here for a LECOM Park Seating Diagram
LECOM Park is also home of the Bradenton Marauders, the Pirates Class A Florida State League affiliate
From St. Petersburg:Go over Skyway Bridge to Exit 2 (19 South); continue on 41 South (Bradenton/Sarasota); make right turn on 17th Avenue West. McKechnie is on the right.
From Sarasota (Route 41): Take Route 41 north to 17th Avenue West; make right. McKechnie is on the left.
From Sarasota (US-301): Take US-301 north to 13th Avenue West; make left. Left onto 9th Street West. McKechnie is on the left.
From north or south on I-75: Exit 220 (220 B from north) at Route 64; go west on Route 64 to Ninth Street West; turn left. McKechnie on the left.
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1947 Miami Beach
1954 Fort Pierce
1955-68 Fort Myers (Terry Park)
1969-2017 Bradenton (LECOM Park)
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Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, (941) 729-9177 or www.bradentongulfislands.com
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Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota, Home of the Baltimore Orioles - 13 miles to the South
Bright House Field, Clearwater, Home of the Philadelphia Phillies - 43 miles to the North
Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Home of the New York Yankees, 46 miles to the North
Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin, Home of the Toronto Blue Jays, 50 miles to the North
Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte, Home of the Tampa Bay Rays - 50 miles to the South
Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland, Home of the Detroit Tigers, 68 miles to the Northeast