The Pittsburgh Pirates have held Spring Training at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, since 1969. Located at 1611 9th Street West, McKechnie Field was built in 1923, and has a seating capacity of 6,562. Here is a guide to Spring Training in Bradenton, Florida.
Pitchers and catchers for the Pittsburgh Pirates report to Spring Training in mid-February, a few days earlier than position players. Practices are held at the Pirate City Complex, located at 1701 27th Street East (also known as Roberto Clemente Memorial Drive) in Bradenton, daily from ten a.m. to one p.m. until exhibition games begin.
You can purchase tickets for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ home exhibition games at the McKechnie Field Ticket Office. Or you can call Tickets.com at 800-955-5566. Mail orders may be sent to: Pittsburgh Pirates Tickets, P.O. Box 1359, Bradenton, Florida 34206. $2 must be added to all mail orders.
Ticket prices are as follows: $13 for Box Seats, $12 for Reserved, and $7 for Bleachers. Tickets for games against the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox cost $1 extra.
If you are planning on staying in Bradenton, Florida, for Spring Training, check out the Holiday Inn Riverfront, located at 100 Riverfront Drive. Also in Bradenton, you will find the Quality Inn and Suites on 1st Street East; the Days Inn on 1st Street; the Park Inn and Suites on 47th Street West; and the Econo Lodge on 14th Street.
Local eateries include the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, with locations on 14th Street West and Cortez Road in Bradenton, and 51st Avenue East in Ellenton. Also in Ellenton is Crab Trap II on Memphis. In Bradenton, you will find Skipper’s Bar and Grill on Riverfront Drive; Twin Dolphin Marina Grill on 12th Street West; Hops on 14th Street West; the Roadhouse Grill on 14th Street West; and Andiamo on 14th Street West. Crab Trap I is located on U.S. Highway 19 in Palmetto, and the Sand Bar is located on Spring Avenue in Anna Maria Island.
The Pittsburgh Pirates open their Spring Training schedule at home with a game against Manatee County College on Wednesday, February 28. The Cincinnati Reds come to town the following day. On Tuesday, March 6, the Pirates host the Philadelphia Phillies, and on Friday, March 9, they host the Atlanta Braves. Joe Torre and the New York Yankees will visit Bradenton on March 10 and March 23. The American League Champion Detroit Tigers square off against the Pirates in Bradenton on Tuesday, March 20. And Pittsburgh will host Big Papi and the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, March 21.
The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the 2006 season with the second worst record in the National League, ahead of only the Chicago Cubs. Can the Bucs finally turn things around in 2007? Enjoy Spring Training in Bradenton, Florida.