2013 Best Ballpark Renovation Over $1M: McKechnie Field

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 6:35 pm | Updated: 6:19 pm, Tue Apr 22, 2014.

The oldest ballpark in spring training received a dramatic facelift for 2013 that benefited both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders, earning recognition from Ballpark Digest for Best Renovation (Over $1 Million) of the season.

It’s the most historic venue in spring training, a place where Roberto Clemente worked his way into shape, Henry Aaron honed his craft and the exciting 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates jelled as a team. A 2013 renovation, complete with new outfield seating and Tiki bar, brings McKecknie Field to a comfort level equal to or surpassing other Grapefruit League facilities, helping both the Pirates and Class A Bradenton Marauders set attendance records in 2013. For both aesthetic and business reasons, McKechnie Field is the choice as the Best Ballpark Renovation (Over $1 Million) of 2013 by Ballpark Digest, the leading guide to baseball and ballparks on the Internet.

“There is so much history at McKechnie Field, and a visit there for a Pirates spring-training game is truly a pilgrimage,” said Kevin Reichard, publisher of Ballpark Digest. “But historically, it’s not been one of the most inviting venues in the Grapefruit League. The renovations really added to fan comfort – and the fans responded by coming out in droves.”

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