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McKechnie Renovation Info 11/9

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This page is your one-stop shop for facts, pictures, videos, and the latest updates about the McKechnie Field Renovation Project. To see the latest photo albums of the project as they are posted please "like" our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bradentonmarauders.

Fact Sheet - McKechnie Field 2012 Renovation

The City of Bradenton is renovating McKechnie Field, the Spring Training home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to provide fan-friendly amenities and enhance the facility's appeal as a sports tourism destination.

Upgrades at McKechnie Field will include:

  • McKechnie Field will become a 360-degree ballpark with the addition of a boardwalk traversing the outfield.

  • Concessions, restrooms and a specialty bar will be added on the boardwalk at centerfield.

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  • New, more comfortable seats will replace the existing infield seats.

  • Purchase one of the old McKechnie Field seats to support Pirates Charities

  • Additional seating, in the form covered outfield bleachers, will bring the ballpark's capacity to approximately 8,500 from the current 6,500.

  • Permanent roofs will replace the existing, temporary shade coverings above infield seating along the first- and third-base lines.

  • Bullpens will be moved to the outfield where fans will be able to observe pitchers and catchers from the boardwalk.

  • Concession stands and restrooms in the concourse will be replaced and updated.

  • Additional areas will be available in the Fan Plaza for activities behind the stands.

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    The budget for the project is $10 million: $7.5 million to be funded by the Tourist Development Tax and $2.5 million from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Tourist Development Tax is a fee included in charges for visitor accommodations in Manatee County. Local property taxes will not be invested in the project.

    Work on infrastructure began in August. The balance of the project began in September following the close of the Bradenton Marauders season. The project is scheduled to be completed by February 2013, in time for Spring Training and McKechnie Field's 90th anniversary.

    Design and construction are being performed by Fawley Bryant Architects and NDC Construction, both Manatee County businesses.

    Video Updates

    The project begins...9/8/12

    Early October Update...10/1/12