Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training 2024

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Reporting Dates 2024

Pitchers & Catchers First Work Out
February 14, 2024

Full Squad First Work Out
February 19, 2024

2024 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Fan Events:

February 17, 2024: It's the Pittsburgh Pirates Block Party. Come show off how much you love Spring Training and the Pittsburgh Pirates! This event has vendors, player autographs and plenty of fun for the whole family, and it's timed perfectly just after the conclusion of the Bradenton Area River Regatta. Come to Old Main Street between 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and keep the fun going! Downtown Bradenton, FL.

February 21, 2024: The Manatee Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has unanimously proclaimed that the Manatee County-owned section of 27th Street East shall be named “Roberto Clemente Memorial Way.” The road will be renamed officially in a ceremony to take place at 1 p.m. on February 21, 2024, at Pirate City (1701 27th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208). Members of the Clemente family and Pittsburgh Pirates organization will join in the celebration.

Pirates Spring Training 2024

2024 will mark the 56th season in which the Pirates have held spring training in Bradenton. The 2024 season is also the 101st year of baseball being played in Bradenton, as the St. Louis Cardinals began play there in 1923.

The Pirates will open the 2024 spring campaign on February 24 at Fort Myers against the Twins before hosting the Orioles one day later in the first of 16 home games. The Bucs will play under the lights twice at LECOM Park next spring with first-pitch times of 6:05 for games on March 14 against the Orioles and March 21 against the Blue Jays. The final weekend of the spring schedule will also feature the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in back-to-back games.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Headquarters in Bradenton, Florida is known as "Pirate City." And there's no better place to spend a sunny Florida day in February or March!

Pirate City is a great place to watch baseball spring training, Florida style: That means outdoors in the late winter and early spring sunshine amid warming temperatures.

The Pittsburgh Pirate practice sessions are free and open to the public at Pirate City.

Pirate City is a unique place because of the close proximity between the work-out fields and the fans. It’s also a place in which you can “feel” baseball history while you watch the beginnings of another new year of baseball.

Baseball Spring Training Florida Style

Pirate City entrance in Bradenton, Florida
Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training at Pirate City

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training workouts at Pirate City

Click here for the 2024 Pirates Spring Training Game Schedule and Spring Training Tickets.

While “Pirate City” is the site of the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training workouts, McKechnie Field is the site of the games during spring training season.

Pittsburgh Pirates City in Bradenton Florida

McKechnie Field, now called LECOM Park, and Pirate City have been the spring training home to the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1969.

A little history on McKechnie field: it was renamed from "City Park" in 1962 in honor of Bill McKechnie, who was a Pirates player and manager who retired to Bradenton.

The field was built in 1923 to hold more than 6,500 fans; the later grandstand addition was built as part of a renovation in 1993.

Pittsburgh Pirate Spring Training at Pirate City

Up until renovations in 2008 night games had never been played at McKechnie Field during its more than 80 year history.

The Pirates signed a new 30 year lease in 2008 which should keep Bradenton and McKechnie Field the Pittsburgh Pirates spring training home through 2037.

And Pittsburgh Pirates spring training opened the 2013 season to a freshly renovated and made-over McKechnie Field; a $10 Million make-over!

McKechnie Field in Bradenton Florida

The renovations included new and more comfortable fan seating, new restrooms and concession stands, plus a boardwalk around the park and a bar area over looking right-center field.

Plus, with it being Florida and all, renovators threw in some palm trees to line the outfield.

Also, with the new and added seating, fan capacity jumped from the original 6,500 to 8,500 and they've made available standing room only tickets for the boardwalk area.

They even lowered the left field scoreboard to make it part of the outfield wall thereby adding more seats overlooking left field.

Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Pitching Mound at Pirates City

Great Pirate names of the past that have played at McKechnie Field and practiced at “Pirate City” include “Hall of Famers:” Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Bill Mazeroski.

With the Pittsburgh Pirates in his rookie year, 1986, home run king Barry Bonds also trained at Pirates City.

And coincidentally, the player to hold the title of home run king just prior to Barry Bonds, the great Hank Aaron, arrived in Bradenton for spring training with the Milwaukee Braves in 1956.

How's all that for Florida spring training history!

Pirates City Bradenton Florida

Baseball spring training workouts take place at Pirate City and start around 9 a.m. and are free and open to the public.

Dates and times are deemed to be correct, however they were provided by the Pirate's office and are subject to change without notice, according to the Pirates.

Click here for the 2024 Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Game Schedule and Pirates Spring Training Tickets.

Directions: To get to Pirate City 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 a mile up the road. From Interstate 75: Exit I-75 at S.R. 64 West (exit 220 if traveling south, exit 220B if traveling north). Proceed west towards Bradenton and make a left on 27th Street East. Pirate City is approx. a mile on the left.

Pirate City - 1701 27th St E - Bradenton, FL 34208. Parking has been free.

To get to LECOM (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 if traveling south, exit 220B if traveling north). Go west on Route 64 to 9th Street West and turn left to the ballpark.

McKechnie Field, now LECOM Park, is located at: 1611 9th Street W., Bradenton, Florida. Located 1/2 mile West of Highway 41 on 9th Street West at 17th Ave. West.

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