Friday, April 12, 2013
Friday's Marauders matchup features a pre-game Happy Hour with $1 beers and sodas in the outfield Kona Bar. Saturday's game features Pitbull Toddler concert.
A weekend series between the Bradenton Maruaders and St. Lucie Mets will feature a battle on the field and a party in the stands. The Marauders host the St. Lucie Mets at McKechnie Field for a three-game series starting on Friday. The Mets eliminated the Marauders from the 2011 playoffs and posted the Florida State League’s best record in 2012. The series features the first of five concerts in the first-ever Marauders Concert Series—a postgame performance by Tampa rock group Pitbull Toddler. Friday, April 12 is a Happy Hour Friday presented by Pier 22 Restaurant. Between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., there will be 500 free hot dogs given away at the outfield concessions stand and $1 domestic drafts and $1 fountain sodas from Kayem and Cheney …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Pittsburgh Pirates fans will get to meet their favorite players and mascots in Bradenton's McKechnie Field.
Watch out, Buccos, here come the Pirate fans. The eighth annual Pirate Fest returns to McKechnie Field on Saturday March 9, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where fans get to meet and greet with their favorite Pittsburgh Pirates players. The event festival will be held on 9thStreet West, just outside the main gate at McKechnie Field. Following the party, the Pirates will play the Minnesota Twins at 1:05 p.m. The party is free and open to the public, and tickets are required for the spring training game. Stay after the game for a country music concert with Chris Lane on the new boardwalk in the outfield. Here is what's on tap at Pirate Fest: Inside the gates for fans with tickets, Pirates 1971 World Series pitcher Steve Blass will sign his new …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Scott's proposed $5 million annual fund is aimed at renovating stadiums and keeping teams like Bradenton's Pirates in Florida for spring training.
Gov. Rick Scott is proposing a $5 million annual fund aimed at renovating stadiums and keeping Major League Baseball teams in Florida for spring training. Scott unveiled the plan Wednesday during a stop at the Detroit Tigers' spring facility in Lakeland. The funds would be used only for spring training facilities, Scott's office said, and local governments would be required to match at least 50 percent of project costs. State contributions would be capped at $20 million, and the Department of Economic Opportunity would review and approve the match "to ensure it provides a return on investment for taxpayers," Scott's office said. The Pittsburgh Pirates, celebrating their 45th spring in Bradenton, unveiled a $7.5 million renovation to …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Pittsburgh Pirates played their first game in a Black and Gold scrimmage in the renovated stadium.
By the looks of the hundreds of fans walking along the new boardwalk and chugging beer at the outfield tiki bar Friday afternoon, the $10 million McKechnie Field renovation is a success. The Pittsburgh Pirates had their first opportunity to play ball in the stadium during the annual Black and Gold scrimmage, and that meant it was also the first time fans could get in some game action, too. The stadium features more seating— up 2,000 for a total of 8,500—plus more shaded seating, bleachers with backs, outfield ledge seating, a barbecue area and the list goes on. Almost everyone you speak to around the stadium cannot get enough of the new 19,000-square-foot boardwalk that wraps around the outfield. It's a favorite of Pirates President Frank …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Friday's game marks the first chance fans can watch baseball in the renovated McKechnie Field.
Bradenton Marauders and Pittsburgh Pirates fans will get their first chance at watching baseball in the renovated McKechnie Field on Friday. Tickets are available for the Pirates' Black and Gold Game set for noon on Feb. 22. All tickets for the intrasquad contest cost $8. All ticket proceeds benefit the Manatee Educational Foundation, Wakeland Elementary School, and G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary School. The game will last five and one half innings. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. for Spring Training season ticket holders and 11 a.m. for other ticketed fans. The Black and Gold Game is the first of 18 Pirates Spring Training games at McKechnie Field this season. The Pirates opens Grapefruit Leage play at home against the Atlanta Braves at 1 p.…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Check out this year's giveaways and fun events planned for the 2013 minor league baseball season at McKechnie Field.
Fireworks, $1 hot dogs, postgame concerts and five "Bark in the Park" dog-friendly games are on the schedule as the Bradenton Marauders announced their 2013 promotional schedule. View the attached PDFs for a complete rundown of this year's giveaways and promotions. Single game tickets for the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates are now on sale. The team, which opens its season April 4 in Fort Myers, will play 70 home games at McKechnie Field in Bradenton this year. Visit BradentonMarauders.com for more information or call 941-747-3031 to purchase tickets. Sign up for the Bradenton Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines, event listings, blog posts and announcements delivered to your inbox each day, for free!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Seats removed from McKechnie Field are available for sale with proceeds benefiting charity.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Toni Whitt
Saturday, October 20, 2012
If you have just $25, you can watch baseball games from stadium seats anytime you want. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are selling the seats scheduled to be removed from McKechnie Field. Just imagine these baseball seats in the middle of your den. The cost is a $25 donation to Pirates Charities for each seat purchased. Proceeds from the purchase of the seats will benefit Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Order forms are available online at www.BradentonMarauders.com. The order form can be returned by mail or fax. Orders can also be placed by email to Justin.Kristich@pirates.com. Orders with full payment must be received by Dec. 14. Seats may be picked up at Pirate City from Dec. …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The $7.5 million renovation project will include new seats, concessions and restrooms as well as a much needed roof.
McKechnie Field is about to get a makeover designed to fit in with the county's image and appeal as a sports tourism destination. The tourist development tax will pay for the $7.5 million renovation to provide fan-friendly ammenities to the spring training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Tourist Development Tax is a fee included in charges for visitor accommodations in Manatee County. Fawley Bryant Architects and NDC Construction, both Manatee County businesses, have been selected to do the design and construction. Renovations will include:
Friday, June 8, 2012
A three-game home series will feature, fireworks, fitness and furry friends.
The Bradenton Marauders return home on Saturday from their longest road trip of the season to play a three-game series against Jupiter at McKechnie Field. The next three nights will feature fun, fitness, fireworks and furry friends. Saturday night's game features Health and Fitness Night with post-game fireworks presented by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Get free giveaways and nutritional advice from local businesses with a focus on staying healthy and in shape. Fans who present a gym membership card will be entered to win a new pair of sneakers from On a Shoestring. Sunday is a Bob Evans fun day. Children age 13 and under receive a free meal voucher and can run the bases after the game. Silverauders Monday is also the team's third Bark …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The County Commission set to vote on pain management clinics, the City Council is set to vote on election changes and the Manatee Wrestling Club will hold a fundraiser for a 7-year-old hit by a car.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Toni Whitt
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
1. Manatee County Commissioners are expected to vote on new county regulations around pain management clinics. The new regulations are designed to help prevent rampant prescription drug abuse in the county. 2. The Bradenton City Council on Wednesday will vote on whether to change their election dates to align them with the county's. The move is expected to save the city money. In addition, the council is set to consider adding a referendum to the ballot to let voters decide whether to end run of elections when a candidate receives a majority of votes in an election with more than two candidates. 3. Don't forget to donate to your favorite non-profit in the 36-hour Giving Challenge, a new online fundraising opportunity for organizations in …