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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2017 Grapefruit League Opening Day Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles have announced plans for Opening Day of the 2017 Spring Training season on Sunday, February 26, when the Orioles host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. All fans in attendance will receive a 2017 Spring Training schedule magnet. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans in attendance will receive a Birds of Paradise flower.

Athletic Director of Sarasota County Middle Schools Bethany King will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, while Sarasota Middle School seventh-grade student Michelle DiPuma will perform the national anthem before the game and “God Bless America” prior to the seventh-inning stretch. DiPuma participated in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge, a curriculum for Sarasota County middle schools that promotes healthy lifestyles. The Sarasota Military Academy Cadet Color Guard will present the colors before the game.

During pre-game ceremonies, each club’s manager and starters will be introduced and recognized along the first and third base foul lines. Reserve players and uniformed personnel will join the starters along both foul lines. Additionally, students from each participating school in the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge will be introduced along with the Orioles starters and stand with them for the national anthem.

Throughout the season, ballpark gates will open two hours prior to the scheduled first pitch. Season plan holders will be able to access the ballpark 15 minutes early through a dedicated entrance at the Home Plate Gate for all 17 home games, including Opening Day.

BALLPARK POLICIES

The Orioles have one of the most fan-friendly food policies in professional sports. Outside food and beverages may be brought into Ed Smith Stadium, subject to the following guidelines:

Soft-sided and paper bags are permitted at Ed Smith Stadium, as long as they fit into a 16” x 16” x 8” container. Hard-sided coolers, thermoses, glass bottles, cans, or alcoholic beverages are not permitted into the ballpark.

Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic bottles are permitted into the park. All items will be checked at the gates and any beverage that has been opened or partially consumed prior to entry is subject to confiscation if it is thought to contain alcohol. Additionally, no plastic or paper cups of beverages are permitted into the park at the entry gates.

All items permitted into the ballpark will be inspected. No bags or items exceeding the maximum size of 16” x 16” x 8” are allowed into the ballpark.

No containers or unauthorized items can be left at any park entrance.

New in 2017, as part of Major League Baseball’s league-wide initiative, metal detectors will be installed at Ed Smith Stadium. The initiative is in place to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. Upon entering Ed Smith Stadium, fans will need to remove their cell phone, keys, and all large metal objects from their pockets before walking through the metal detector. Items can be retrieved immediately after entering. Fans are advised to allow themselves plenty of time for entry.

No re-entry will be permitted once a fan has entered the ballpark gates. Vehicles transporting guests with special needs or disabilities are permitted to utilize the East Lot for this purpose. No vehicles are permitted to park curbside, nor are people able to stand and wait with vehicles.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Stadium McKechnie Field to be Re-named LECOM Park

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) today announced a naming-rights
agreement for the Club’s spring training ballpark in Bradenton, FL. As part of a 15-year naming rights agreement,
the former McKechnie Field is now LECOM Park.

Click here to view the press release from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Pittsburgh Pirates to Hold National Anthem Auditions for Spring Training Games

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Sunday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, FL. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.

Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only; instrumental renditions will not be accepted.

Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates game against Toronto on Sunday, March 19 or the national anthem of the Dominican Republic for the game on Wednesday, March 8 are welcome to audition with one of those selections. Participants that audition but are not selected to perform will have their information kept on file for potential anthem openings during the Bradenton Marauders season.

The Pirates will play an 18-game home schedule at McKechnie Field this spring, beginning with a matchup against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, February 25.

For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Pittsburgh Pirates National Anthem Auditions Scheduled for Saturday, January 30

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at McKechnie Field. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.

Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only; instrumental renditions will not be accepted.

Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates games against Toronto on Thursday, March 3 are welcome to audition using that selection. Participants that audition but are not selected to perform will have their information kept on file for potential anthem openings during the Bradenton Marauders season.

The Pirates will play a 16-game home schedule at McKechnie Field this spring, beginning with the Black and Gold intrasquad game on Monday, February 29.

For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Bradenton Marauders Announce Manager and Coaches For 2016 Season

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Larry Broadway, Pirates Director of Minor League Operations.

Michael Ryan will manage the Bradenton Marauders in the team’s seventh season. Ryan, the fifth manager in franchise history, is returning for his second season at the helm in Bradenton. Last year the Marauders finished 74-64 overall. This is Ryan’s fourth season as a manager in the Pirates organization. He managed Low-A West Virginia in 2013 and 2014. Ryan joined the Pirates organization in 2012 as a player coach with the Altoona Curve. His career record is 210-203 over the previous three seasons. Ryan played in the Major Leagues for parts of five seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan

Jeff Johnson joins the Marauders as pitching coach for 2016. Johnson is in his ninth season with the Pirates organization. His prior coaching stops include stints with Low-A West Virginia (2009-2011, 2013-2014), Double-A Altoona (2012), and most recently Class-A Short Season Bristol. Johnson pitched in the Majors for three seasons with the New York Yankees.

Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson

Keoni De Renne will be the Marauders hitting coach. De Renne is in his fifth season with the Pirates organization. He spent the last two seasons as the hitting coach at Low-A West Virginia. His playing career as an infielder spanned 2000-2010, including five organizations and more than 1,000 games played.

Keoni De Renne
Keoni De Renne

Ryan, Johnson, and De Renne all played in the Florida State League during their minor league careers. Coming up in the Twins organization, Ryan spent the 1999 season with the Fort Myers Miracle. Johnson started 17 games in 1990 with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees. De Renne had a short stint with the Clearwater Threshers during the final season of his playing career in 2010.

The first Marauders game at McKechnie Field in 2016 is on Saturday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.
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Manatee County School Orchestras to Perform at McKechnie Field Saturday November 14th

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders will present “Concert in the Park” at McKechnie Field on Saturday, November 14. Orchestras from Bayshore High School, Braden River High School, Lakewood Ranch High School, Manatee High School, Palmetto High School, and Southeast High School will participate. Middle school orchestras from Braden River Middle School, Buffalo Creek Middle School, Haile Middle School, Johnson Middle School, Lee Middle School, Nolan Middle School, and Sugg Middle School will participate as well. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m., and the music will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for “Concert in the Park” at McKechnie Field cost $10 per family. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance at any of the participating schools. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Manatee County Schools’ Orchestra programs.

“In a time when arts are often cut in schools, it is more important than ever before that we continue to celebrate these qualities and empower our students to explore their creativity through them,” Manatee County Schools Orchestra Director Malissa A. Baker said. “Thanks to the generosity of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders, we are able to collaboratively share this gift with our community.”

More than 600 students will be performing among the 13 orchestras. The money raised will help purchase new music, cover the cost of acquiring and maintaining instruments, and create extra musical opportunities for students. In addition to traditional orchestral pieces, attendees will hear renditions of “Yesterday” by The Beatles, Meghan Trainor’s hit “All About That Bass”, ballpark classic “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”, and selections from blockbuster movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hunger Games, and Jurassic Park.

For more information about “Concert in the Park”, please contact Malissa A. Baker at 941-721-2260, ext. 2293.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, please visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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Pirate Fest Returns to Bradenton this Sunday, March 15

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the 10th annual Pirate Fest on Sunday, March 15. The event will be located on 9th Street West, just outside the main gate at McKechnie Field. The festival, which is presented by ABC 7, runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Pirates will face the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. at McKechnie Field.

Several local businesses and community organizations will be represented at the family-centered event. Among the scheduled activities are a photo booth, giveaways, face painting, a bounce house, live music from Matthew Huff, and mascot fun with Marty the Marauder. Autograph sessions with select Pirates players will be featured throughout the morning.

The Pirates will support the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry program by accepting donations of non-perishable goods outside the main gates. Fans that donate five or more items will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes.

On the day of the event, 9th Street West will be closed to northbound traffic at 17th Avenue and closed to southbound traffic at 13th Avenue starting at 8:00 a.m. Fans wishing to park in the Outfield Parking Lot north of McKechnie Field will be permitted to access the lot by traveling southbound on 9th Street, turning left onto 13th Avenue, and accessing the lot from 7th Street. The 6th Street Parking Lot and the Wastewater Treatment Lot will be unaffected by Pirate Fest and are both accessible from 17th Avenue. 9th Street will reopen to traffic at 2:00 p.m.

Pirate Fest is free and open to the public. After Pirate Fest the Pirates take on the Orioles. Single game tickets are available at the McKechnie Field box office, calling 1-877-893-2827, or by visiting www.Pirates.com.

For more information about Pirate Fest, Spring Training, or the Marauders, call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Pittsburgh Pirates to Host Senior and Caregiver Expo at McKechnie Field March 13th

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the fourth annual Senior and Caregiver Expo at McKechnie Field on Friday, March 13. The expo will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., coinciding with the Pirates Spring Training game against the Minnesota Twins. The game begins at 1:05 p.m.

The expo is open to all fans attending the game. There is no additional cost. The event is presented by Manatee Memorial Hospital and Humana. Local businesses and non-profits that provide services to senior citizens will have exhibitor tables at the event. The first 2,500 fans will receive a free Pirates eco-friendly bag courtesy of the event sponsors.

The Pirates are still accepting exhibitors for the 2015 expo. Registration costs $250. Exhibitors interested in providing complimentary health and wellness screenings are encouraged to attend. To register a booth at the expo, call 941-747-3031. All Pirates Spring Training tabling guidelines apply to expo exhibitors.

For more information about the Senior and Caregiver Expo, call 941-747-3031 or visit www.BradentonMarauders.com. To purchase tickets to the game call 877-893-2827 or visit the McKechnie Field Ticket Office on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., or Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.Pirates.com.

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Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2015 Spring Training Promotional Schedule

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced the promotional schedule for 2015 Spring Training Games. The Pirates play 16 games at McKechnie Field this spring, starting with the Black and Gold Game, an intra-squad contest on Monday, March 2.

The Black and Gold Game starts at noon on March 2. All tickets cost $8 and proceeds benefit the Manatee Education Foundation, Wakeland Elementary School, and G.D. Rogers Garden Elementary School. The length of the Black and Gold Game varies and often does not last nine innings.

Pirates Spring Training games will feature several giveaways at the gate in 2015. All giveaway items are distributed on a first come first served basis and available only while supplies last. On Wednesday, March 4, Pepsi presents a Pirates cell phone wallet giveaway. Pepsi will present a Pirates drawstring bag giveaway at the Spring Training night game on Wednesday, March 18. Thursday, March 5 is SRQ Airport Day, featuring a Pirates luggage tag giveaway. Manatee Memorial Hospital and Humana will give away eco-friendly bags at the fourth annual Senior and Caregiver Expo on Friday, March 13. Baseball America will give away free magazines at the gates on March 9 and March 24.

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Pirate Fest presented by ABC 7 will be held on Sunday, March 15. A free fan festival will be held outside McKechnie Field from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The festival features free player autographs, games, prizes, and live music by Matthew Huff. There will also be a food drive benefitting the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program. Fans that donate five or more non-perishable food items at the gates will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes. A ticket is required to enter the ballpark for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles.

Saturday, March 28, the Pirates will give back to the community and honor veterans by holding Military Appreciation Day and United Way Day. A pre-game ceremony will be held to honor selected local veterans on field. Each branch of the military will also be recognized over the public address system with the corresponding songs played. For each ticket purchased to the March 28 game, the Pirates will donate $2 to the United Way of Manatee County.

Saturday, March 7 is Herald-Tribune Media Group Day and Manatee County Schools Appreciation Day. Anyone presenting a Manatee County School District ID at the box office can purchase grandstand tickets for $12 while supplies last. The discount is limited to four tickets per school ID.

Every weekend game features the opportunity for children 12 and younger to run the bases by participating in a Kids Fun Run presented by Mosaic. Games featuring a Kids Fun Run are March 7, March 15, March 21, and March 28.

Before games begin, the Pirates will hold the annual Pirates Pep Rally in downtown Bradenton on Saturday, February 28. The rally on Old Main Street runs from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and features live music by Yesterdayze, autograph signings, kids games, a photo booth, giveaways, and other fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

The 8th Annual Pirates Charities Spring Training Golf Classic presented by TLI Sports is Sunday, March 1. Foursomes will team up with a Pirates celebrity to support the efforts of Pirates Charities in the region. For more information about the Spring Training Golf Classic, please contact Carley Paganelli by phone at 941-747-3031 ex. 4362 or by email at Carley.Paganelli@Pirates.com.

For more information about the Pirates Spring Training, call 941-747-3031 or visit www.Pirates.com.