The Pittsburgh Pirates' Spring Training ballpark and minor league complex in Bradenton, Fla., underwent $20 million in renovations as part of the team's new 30-year lease with the city before the start of the 2008 Spring Training season.
The upgrades included lights and a new visitor's clubhouse at McKechnie Field and new offices, dormitories, renovations to the minor league clubhouse and a fifth practice field at the Pirate City minor league complex.
About $9 million was covered by a state-funded program designed to keep teams that currently hold Spring Training in Florida from leaving for Arizona. Bradenton officials said the upgrades have allowed for events other than Spring Training games in March.
McKechnie Field, opened in 1923 and rebuilt in 1993, is one of the oldest ballparks used for Spring Training and had never had lights until the 2008 season.
It's a new era for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida. McKechnie Field is now open for business (and play) both day and night with the addition of brand new light towers around the playing field. And the newly constructed Pirate City complex is now a state-of-the-art training facility to rival any other. We'd love for your group or team to help usher in this new era by hosting your event at our facilities.
Even before the recent historic renovations, Pirate City played host to events and camps of all sorts, including:
And now with our new facilities available, we anticipate hosting scores more. From one-day conferences... to overnight corporate retreats... to week-long baseball programs... Pirate City and McKechnie Field have the event space to accommodate your group.
Stay in the very same rooms as Pittsburgh Pirates professional baseball players. Pirate City features 83 total dorm rooms on three floors, all completely remodeled and with new furnishings. 75 of those rooms are double-occupancy and feature all the amenities of a first-rate hotel, such as:
To round out the baseball theme, the front door of each room is made out of ash - the material that's used to make the majority of baseball bats. Each room also features a framed picture and bio of a different Pirates All-Star player.
The dormitories also feature three Suites, which include everything listed above plus:
There is one Balcony Suite available with a stunning view of Pirate City's four playing fields. Pirate City also includes five ADA rooms, each with a king-size bed and all the amenities of the double-occupancy rooms.
On-site catering is provided by Sodexo Food Services. We're sure you'll find an option that suits your needs among their many catering packages. No outside food or beverage is permitted for meals.
All Pirate City facilities are non-smoking. McKechnie Field has designated smoking areas. Ask your event planner about discounts on rental fees available for Pirates season ticket holders and Pirates organizational sponsors, as well as non-profit organizations.
Call Pirate City at 941-747-3031 for more information or to book your next event!
From small meetings to seminars for 100+, Pirate City can accommodate your conference needs with the following meeting spaces. Copy and faxing services are available for all.
Located on the third floor of the dormitory, the World Series Conference Room is equipped with advanced multimedia capabilities including two 52" fl at screen TVs and a projection screen/projector for presentations, data ports and high-speed wireless internet access, two DVD players and a large wall-mounted dry-erase board. You'll be able to stay for the day with a private restroom and a small kitchen area just outside the room. Step outside onto the outdoor balcony where there is additional high-top table seating.
The capacity for the World Series Conference Room is 100 people.
Also on the third floor at Pirate City is the Board Room. Features include a private kitchen area within the space, a large wall mounted dry erase board and 52" fl at screen TV with DVD player. The Board Room can be laid out with furniture set-ups for 10 or 20 people.
Located in the dormitory building, the First Floor Meeting Room features two wall-mounted dry erase boards and fl at-screen TV with DVD player.
This space can accommodate 20 people.
Get closest to the baseball action with a meeting in the Clubhouse Classroom, which features two TVs and its own full kitchen. This space can be divided into smaller segments but at its largest capacity can accommodate 50 people.
If you're staying where big leaguers stay, you'll train where big leaguers train. Pirate City features four professionally-maintained playing fields, one half field, and one utility field featuring two infields on one playing surface. You'll walk on 100% Bermuda grass among four fields in a cloverleaf design. Spectators can watch from a common area in the middle of the four fields. Depending upon the nature of your event, entrance to the four main fields can be secured for ticket sales purposes. Your guests will appreciate the convenience of a concession stand (operated by the Pirates) and complimentary parking near the fields. Field water cooler service is provided for all overnight guests.
Available training facilities include twelve bullpen mounds and five batting cages. There is a small turf area adjacent the clubhouse for strength and conditioning exercises; Pirates training services are available upon request for an additional fee.
The Clubhouse is made up of four team locker rooms along with separate locker rooms for umpires and coaches. You'll also find an auxiliary training room and weight room. Pirate City can also provide daily laundry service of practice and game uniforms.
You will enjoy your meals in the same place where the pros eat breakfast, lunch and dinner during their training time at Pirate City. The Dining Hall is connected to the dormitory via a covered walkway and is available to rent for banquets and other private events, in addition to serving as the on-site dining area for overnight guests. The space is equipped with a projection screen, sound system, and microphone & podium. There are private restrooms in the Dining Hall.
The Dining Hall can accommodate 175 people seated and 300 for a standing reception.
Other common areas of the dorms include two activity rooms. The first floor features two pool tables, a ping-pong table and three video game systems. Watch a DVD on the 52" TV or use the gaming console of your choice on any of three additional televisions. You'll find two sofas, high-top seating, two microwaves and internet-only computers. The second floor lounge is often used as a mini-movie theater with numerous sofas, chairs & ottomans and a 52" TV.
Giving you all the comforts of home during your visit is our priority. Your stay also includes daily housekeeping, 24-hour security, coin-operated laundry, mail service, and complimentary parking. To avoid having to travel off-site, we also have a convenience store that offers necessities including beverages, snacks and toiletries.
Having received a complete face-lift in 2008, McKechnie Field still retains all the charm of its 75+ years of history. Eight new light towers outline the playing field and the visitors' clubhouse has been rebuilt, but the historical façade of the McKechnie Field grandstand still showcases the vintage ballpark look.
To incorporate your event brand into the ballpark, the large marquee in front of the stadium can be programmed with a group welcome, sponsor thank you or other event-specific message.
McKechnie Field is made up of one and a half professionally-maintained baseball fields with 100% Bermuda grass. The stadium seating accommodates 6,562 fans and often sells out for Pirates Spring Training games.
Among the baseball facilities are four bullpen mounds and two batting cages along with an umpires' locker room. Both the home and visitors clubhouses include a locker room, coaches' room and kitchen.
The press box at McKechnie Field accommodates up to 50 people and is equipped with a sound system, wireless microphone, wireless internet access, message board and five pre-built positions for radio and TV broadcasts. There is ample room to utilize camera platforms or scissor lifts inside McKechnie Field. Copy and faxing services for media are available in the ticket office.
There are two Suites available for use during baseball events or for private rentals. Both the General Manager's Suite and an additional large suite are located behind home plate and each accommodates twenty guests. On the first base/right field side of McKechnie Field itself is a parking lot for 100 cars. Use of adjacent parking lots for up to 500 vehicles is negotiable.
From Interstate 75: Exit I-75 at S.R. 64 West (exit 220). Proceed west towards Bradenton and make a left on 27th Street East. Pirate City is approximately one mile on the left.
From McKechnie Field: Head east on 17th Ave. West and make a right onto U.S. 41. At first stoplight, make a left onto 26th Ave. East. Follow until 27th St. East, make left. Pass Mixon Fruit Farms - Pirate City is on the right.
From South (Sarasota): Travel North on US 301. Cross S.R. 70 and make a right onto 38th Ave. East. Make first left onto 27th St. E. and Pirate City is approximately mile on the right.
From North (St. Petersburg): Travel south on I-275 over Skyway Bridge to Exit 5 (US-19 South) and continue on US-41. Cross Manatee River and follow signs for SR-64 East. Take SR-64 East and make a right onto 27th St. East. Pirate City is approximately 1 mile on the left.
From North (St. Petersburg): Go over the Skyway Bridge to Exit 5 (19 South). Continue on 41 South (Bradenton/Sarasota). Make a right turn onto 17th Avenue West and continue to McKechnie Field.
From South (Sarasota): Take Route 41 North to Cortez Road, go straight onto Business 41 and turn right onto 17th Ave West. Ballpark is located at intersection of 17th Avenue West and 9th Street West.
From Interstate 75: Exit I-75 at S.R. 64 West (exit 220). Go west on Route 64 to 9th Street West and turn left to the ballpark.
The City of Bradenton, Florida offers countless attractions for visitors to the area. Anna Maria Island, home of several great beaches, is just a 15-minute drive away. And Siesta Key Beach, consistently one of the highest-rated beaches in the nation, is only a 30-minute drive from Bradenton.
Prime Outlets in Ellenton offer great bargains, while the high-end shops at St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota and the vast Tampa International Plaza give visitors the opportunity to browse through more eclectic shops. Indeed, residents of Bradenton tout its small-town feel as one of its greatest assets. But if it's the vitality of a larger city you're looking for, Tampa is under an hour's drive away if you're in search of a big city.
Plus don't forget real ocean-side seafood dining and an array of golf courses, boat rentals, fishing, parasailing and more outdoor fun right here in Bradenton.
McKechnie Field's history is a rich one, dating back to 1923. Six different major league franchises, including the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox, have played home games at McKechnie field since its opening, but only the Pirates have called the ballpark home since 1969. The field is named for Hall of Fame Manager and former Bradenton resident, Bill McKechnie, who led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series Championship back in 1925. Banners honoring this and the team's four other championships adorn the many flagpoles beyond the outfield wall.
Countless Pirates greats - indeed, some of the most legendary names in all of baseball - have called Pirate City home during their time playing Spring Training ball in Florida's Grapefruit League. At both Pirate City and McKechnie field, you'll be treading the same ground as the likes of Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski, and Roberto Clemente.